The inaugural CALS SafeSpace event was a huge success, as Tech DREAMers spoke about being an undocumented immigrant at Virginia Tech.
The DREAMer program started in 2014 when the commonwealth ruled that students who were brought to the United States as children and grew up here but lack proper immigration papers can receive in-state tuition. Members of the Tech DREAMers spoke candidly about their experiences at Virginia Tech, the challenges of growing up in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant, and how they hope to put their education to use after graduation.
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to foster a community inclusive of DREAMers at Virginia Tech by advocating and educating others as to what DREAMers are, making resources available to all DREAMers that make higher education more attainable, and advocating for immigration reform both at the state and federal level.
CALS SafeSpace is run by Amy Vu, a graduate assistant in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. She has worked with individuals from the Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, as well as the CALS Diversity Council to come up with an open dialogue called CALS SafeSpace to bring awareness about diversity and inclusion to the college.
Another SafeSpace is planned for Thursday, March 5 in Litton Reaves, 1810 from 9 – 10 a.m. Marjorie Willner will be speaking on behalf of the Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies.