One World Initiative

One World 2nd Annual End-of-Year Celebration. Spring 2014

Migration Event

The second annual One World End-of-Year Celebration of the theme "Global Perspectives on Migration" will take place on Monday April 21st. The event will include:

  • Student symposium on Migration11:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Redwood Room

Students from across the campus are invited to present their perspectives on migration.  Students are encouraged to present their response to the theme of migration in what ever form best suits their discipline (oral presentation, poster, performance, artwork, music, digital media). 

The titles and abstracts for the students symposium can be found here.

  • Faculty Panel "What I think about when I think about migration," 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. University Union Ballroom

Faculty representing very different disciplines and perspectives will discuss how migration fits into their academic and creative work and will answer questions from the audience.

  • Keynote Panel Discussion "Perspectives on Migration," 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. University Union Ballroom III

Dr. James Allen, Professor Emeritus of Geography, California State University, Northridge

Ms. Debra DeBondt, CEO, Opening Doors Inc., a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization serving refugees and victims of human trafficking

Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez, the Consul General for Mexico in Sacramento

These three distinguished speakers will present their very different perspectives on migration in terms of what it means both locally and globally. Following the presentations there will be a moderated question and answer session with the audience.

Dr. James Allen Debra DeBondt Consul General

Dr. James P Allen is emeritus Professor of Geography at the California State University, Northridge where he taught for close to 40 years.  His research has been in the areas of population and demography, with a particular interest in ethnicity and migration.  For many years the focus of his work has been on the ongoing role of migration in changing the face of California.  He is the author of some 40 publications, including three book co-authored with fellow geographer Eugene Turner:  We the People: An Atlas of America’s Ethnic Diversity (1988), The Ethnic Quilt: Population Diversity in Southern California (1997), and Changing Faces, Changing Places: Mapping Southern Californians (2002).  In 2011 Dr. Allen was recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, who noted on the occasion that We the People was “the single most important reference book ever produced by a member of the organization.”

Debra DeBondt, CEO, has served Opening Doors in various capacities since 2001. She has acted as the Refugee Resettlement Program Manager, Prosperity Project Microenterprise Program Officer, Finance and Operations Manager, and as CEO. Under Ms. DeBondt’s leadership, Opening Doors’ budget has nearly doubled in the last two years. She provides strong program development and financial management as well as a vision for the agency that includes the expansion of the microenterprise lending program to meet the needs of Greater Sacramento’s low-income population.

Carlos González Gutiérrez was appointed Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, California, on May 4th, 2009, with jurisdiction over twenty-four counties in Northeastern California.

He has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1987 and has held the following posts in Mexico and abroad:

  • Consul for Community Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Ca. (1989-1995).

  • Director for Community Affairs at the Program for Mexican Communities Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (1995-1999).

  • Counselor for Latino Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D. C. (1999-2003).

  • Executive Director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2003-2009).

  • In September 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Ambassador.

Consul General Gonzalez Gutiérrez has a BA degree in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico and a Master’s degree in International Relations as well, by the University of Southern California. He is the author of several publications about the Mexican population in the United States. He is married and has two daughters