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Issued-Based Teams

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Powerful advocacy events across college and university campuses are vital to long-term social change goals. How can those conversations and work lead towards the most meaningful impact across our campuses and in the community? In this session, you will learn about an Issue Based Model from Berry College that has promoted social change across a variety of different issue areas that integrates advocacy, service and policy awareness.

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Issued-Based Teams

  1. 1. ISSUE-BASED TEAMS ROOTING CHANGE MOMENTUM THROUGH Jasmine Rangel, Berry College ‘17 Elisabeth Martin, Berry College ‘20 Banksy
  2. 2. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD? ICE BREAKER
  3. 3. ROOTING CHANGE THROUGH ISSUE-BASED TEAMS WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD? ▸ What are the issues YOU believe are important or worth discussing on YOUR campus? ▸ in your community? ▸ in larger society? ▸ Why?
  4. 4. ROOTING CHANGE THROUGH ISSUE-BASED TEAMS WHAT ARE SOME GOOD STORIES? ▸ What events have happened on campus in the recent past that have been a result of student “organizing”? ▸ What were the results? What do you wish the results were? Were there any frustrations? ▸ What structures do you have in your program that allow you to advocate for issues on your campus/in the community?
  5. 5. ISSUE-BASED MODEL BERRY COLLEGE
  6. 6. ROOTING CHANGE THROUGH ISSUE-BASED TEAMS ISSUE-BASED (PAST MODEL) RESEARCH ADVOCACY Brief research Advocacy publication small service project SERVICE PLUNGE SYMPOSIUMpresenting on issue briefly
  7. 7. ROOTING CHANGE THROUGH ISSUE-BASED TEAMS FALL SEMESTER (CURRENT) 1. BRAINSTORM ISSUE TOPIC 2. RESEARCH ISSUE TOPIC 3. PLAN AND FACILITATE ADVOCACY FORUM Narrow topic within teams Begin research Campus-centered advocacy forum
  8. 8. ROOTING CHANGE THROUGH ISSUE-BASED TEAMS SPRING SEMESTER (CURRENT) 1. SERVICE PLUNGE 2. POLICY OPTIONS 3. SYMPOSIUM / CAMPUS-WIDE PRESENTATION issue-topic related service project Issue-Brief Final campus-wide presentation reviewing year’s accomplishments
  9. 9. ELISABETH MARTIN Berry College ’20
  10. 10. JASMINE RANGEL Berry College ’17
  11. 11. ROOTING CHANGE THROUGH ISSUE-BASED TEAMS HISPANIC COMMUNITIES 16-17
  12. 12. ROOTING CHANGE THROUGH ISSUE BASED TEAMS THE DEMAND FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
  13. 13. deportation and grants work permits for qualified undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children for up to two years, subject to renewal. In order to meet DACA’s qualifications, individuals must be in high school, have a diploma, or be a veteran. They must have also never been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor. DACA does not, however, offer a path for undocumented immigrants to obtain citizenship. This is the purpose of the DREAM Act, a proposal which has currently not been passed by Congress. Thus, DACA allows students and workers who have immigrated to the United States but do not have the means to obtain citizenship the opportunity to freely pursue their education or career without the constant fear of deportation. To qualify for DACA, individuals must: • Be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. • Be at least 15 years old at the time of application; the age 15 issue does not matter for people already in removal proceedings. • Arrival in the United States occurred at age 16 or under • Had continual residence in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time • Have been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of application • Have entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012 • Be currently enrolled in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have passed the General Education Development (GED) certificate or are enrolled in a program to do so, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the armed forces of the United States (Coast Guard included) • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. • Pay a filing fee of $465 (which includes the fee for work authorization document. • * The two-year protection from deportation offers potential for extensions and there is not deadline for submitting an application for DACA. (Key Factors) The future of DACA is currently uncertain, and st rely on DACA to continue going to school or work current presidential administration will keep the altogether. Thus, DACA recipients who have inve homes here are currently in a precarious situatio administration’s future decisions on immigration worked so hard to get. Service Plun Personal Reflections “I feel like our issue based group has been beneficial and impactful over the semester. Being a part of this group has given me a real passion for this issue and allowed me to share what I've learned with people both inside and outside the Berry community. At our service plunge we were able to educate a few people and give them hope for an education. It was really rewarding to see them get excited and learn about resources and information that was very empowering to them.” Kaela Ruble , Freshman “Being a part of this issue based has allowed me to advocate for a group of people that are voiceless. It has shown me that, as a Hispanic, we cannot stand in fear but rather we must stand together and advocate for each other. Our service plunge was focused on helping Hispanic students apply to college, but we wanted to specifically focus on DACA students, because of the barriers they face when applying to college. I am thankful that we were able to educate the Berry Community with our panel in the Fall Semester, and I am full of gratitude for the benevolent passion of this team to embrace diversity in such a harsh political climate.” Giuliana Fernandez-Deza, Sophomore “It's amazing how much potential people have. Sometimes it needs to be encouraged! I am so happy that the people who came to our session trusted us. It encouraged me so much to know that the young man who attended felt motivated to pursue his goals! That will always be the most satisfying feeling in the world for me- when people believe in themselves to get something they want done.” Alejandra Lopez, Senior “This semester’s issue bas American community, but undocumented. It has bee something that has affecte on the issue. “ “I was so surprised that not as many people were informed about their options and how discouraged they were. It was a great feeling being able to help students realize they have a chance of going to college. I’m thankful that our Issue Based Team was able to organize an event that made a difference in the lives of these Hispanic students. ” Tahmina Naseri, Sophomore “I think that our first service plunge was a great opportunity for us to learn firsthand from individuals experiencing the issue we are studying. We were able to come alongside a small group of high school students from the community and discuss topics that were relevant to their specific situations, which helped us understand the issue from a new, personal perspective. Although we did not have a large group in attendance, I believe that the experience will prove beneficial as we move forward to our second service plunge and seek to impact those in the local Hispanic community desiring to pursue higher education.” John Tucker, Senior “Our issue based group has taught me that so many immigrants need our help and that our voice does matter. Coming into this group, I did not realize how many undocumented immigrants there were. I did not realize how hard some of them worked to get here or stay here. I did not realize that undocumented immigrants, who were brought over when they were children and had no say, could be stripped of so many privileges. But now, I know. Through this experience, I have grown closer to the Bonner family as well as the Rome community, especially through part one of our service plunge. I cannot wait for the second part.” Reanna Huskey, Freshman Golden Door Scholars fpif.org ● College Access Workshop: ○ Targeted Audience: First Generation students, Undocumented High School Students, ● Location: ○ Berry ESL Program, Ridge Ferry Park ● Resources: ○ Financial Aid Help for Undocumented Students ○ Applying To College Check- List ○ Best Colleges/Universities to research (DACA friendly) ○ Scholarship help and advice “Our service plunge allow that were in attendance. DACA for a year, but he w empowered everyone on “I thought that the servic students who are sometim potential. It was a great w and let people know that “I thought our informatio so excited and hungry for undocumented citizens in
  14. 14. ROOTING CHANGE THROUGH ISSUE-BASED TEAMS HISPANIC COMMUNITIES ▸ Added our narrative to a largely negative and fear-provoking, political rhetoric against immigrants ▸ College Access Workshop for local first generation / DACA students ▸ Opened up conversations on campus about the undocumented population and immigration reform
  15. 15. QUESTIONS THANKS FOR ATTENDING!

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