Students from across the campus present their perspectives on migration through oral presentations, posters, and exhibits.
The titles and abstracts for the students symposium can be found here.
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. Featuring:
Dr. Manuel Barajas, Sociology
Dr. Lorelei Bayne, Theater & Dance
Dr. Ron Coleman, Biological Sciences
Dr. Patrick Ettinger, History
Moderated by Dr. David Andersen-Rodgers, Government
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
Welcome and introductions by Provost Frederika Harmsen & Dr. Don Taylor, Interim Assistant Vice President, Academic Programs & Global Engagement
Moderated by Dr. Thomas Krabacher, Geography
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 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 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