5th Annual Educators’ Conference

    “We’re back for the 5th year and ready to train first-time attendees and conference returners at our annual AZ Educators Conference on April 13, 2018. Join us and get the tools you need to support, protect, and fight for ALL (DACAmented & undocumented) immigrants and refugees in our schools. This year we’ll cover:
    -Updates on DACA & the U.S. President’s executive orders on immigration
    -Scholarships & transfer strategies for students from immigrant and refugee backgrounds
    -Deportation defense strategies to protect families you work with
    -Know your rights information for educators working with undocumented families
    -Healing spaces & moreWho should attend: K-12 & higher education teachers, counselors, advisors, & administrators are strongly encouraged to attend. Community leaders and students are welcome.Track 1
    UndocuPeers: Foundations
    Intended for 1st-time attendees. Attendees will learn foundational terminology when working with students from immigrant & refugee backgrounds, legislation updates, and resources available to better support students and families.Attendees will develop initial practices that ensure that students understand and exercise their rights at your school.Track 2
    UndocuPeers: Emerging and Comprehensive
    Intended for returning conference attendees who: have a basic understanding of legislation and policies (including DACA, DREAM Act, Prop 300, SB 1070, TPS, in-state tuition in AZ); are comfortable with identifying stressors that impact students and families, and be familiar with legal and health resources available to undocumented students.Attendees will work to build institutional agreements that address the needs and protect the rights of students and families from immigrant and refugee backgrounds.Sponsors: Our conference is held in collaboration with Higher Ground and the University of Arizona’s Immigrant Student Resource Center, and partially funded by a grant provided by the Unitarian Universalist Fund for a Just Society.”Registration $25: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-az-educators-conference-tickets-44206973247


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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