Speak Up, Speak Out panel to discuss immigration Oct. 23


The second Speak Up, Speak Out event of the semester will take place from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 in the Bovee University Center Auditorium.

The event "Immigration and What It Means in the USA", is sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Office of Student Affairs, Office of Diversity Education, Pi Sigma Alpha, The Assessment Council and the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center.

Journalism faculty member Ed Simpson will be facilitating the event.

The panel will consist of Christi Brookes, department chair of World Languages and Cultures; Tracy Nakajima, director of International Student Scholar Services; senior Jeremy Rodgers of College Republicans; sophomore Julia Dobija of Refugee Outreach Collective; and Shaminul Shakib, graduate assistant in the Master of Public Health program.

Simpson said a few of the immigration topics will include President Donald Trump’s ongoing efforts for travel ban, who should be allowed in and out of the U.S. and the proposed wall on the Mexican border. 

“The event is designed to discuss topics that are important to society," Simpson said. "We want to make sure our students have the opportunity to hear about this and talk with experts and peers about these issues.”