Undocunation, 2013; Art by Julio Salgado

UndocuNation – UC Berkeley!

Friday, February 15, 2013

DAY SYMPOSIUM: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Multicultural Community Center
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EVENING PERFORMANCE: 7 pm – 10 pm, International House
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Free and open to the public.  Wheelchair accessible.

The Center for Race and Gender (CRG)CultureStr/ke and the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS), & The Center for New Community are thrilled to announce this upcoming year’s UndocuNation at UC Berkeley.  We will be bringing together artists, community members, students, faculty and staff from California and the nation focusing attention on critical issues affecting undocumented immigrant communities.UndocuNation is a daylong symposium where scholars, activists, and artists explore insurgent citizenships and immigration justice at UC Berkeley, the Bay Area, and beyond, and an evening of culture jamming, visual art, and performances, hosted by Bay Area artist Favianna Rodríguez, and spotlighting the consequences of violence against immigrant communities and liberatory visions for interventions based on creativity and art practice.


Time: Friday, Feb 15, 9 am – 5:30 pm
Location: Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Annex D, UC Berkeley

9 am – 9:30 am: Breakfast & Registration

9:30 am – 9:45 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks, Evelyn Nakano Glenn (Center for Race & Gender, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies)

9:45 am – 10 am: Performance

10 am – 11:15 am: Panel 1: Higher Learnings: Undocumented Student Experiences On and Off Campus

Moderator: Lisa Garcia-Bedolla (Center for Latino Policy Research, Education)
Veronica Terriquez (Sociology, University of Southern California) and Caitlin Patler (Sociology, UCLA)
Kevin Escudero (Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley)
Roberto Gonzales (Social Service Administration, U Chicago)
Shannon Gleeson (Latino and Latin American Studies, UCSC)

11:15 am – 11:30 am – Performance

11:30 am – 12:15 pm – LUNCH!

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm – Panel 2: Building Resistance: The Politics of the Immigrant Rights Movement

Moderator: Leti Volpp (UC Berkeley)
Cecilia Menjivar (School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University) and Leisy Abrego (Chicana/o Studies, UCLA)
Kathryn Abrams (UC Berkeley)
Arely Zimmerman (University of Southern California)

1:30 – 1:45 pm – Performance

1:45 pm – 3 pm – Panel 3: Insurgent Migrations: Subversive Citizenships, Queer Cultures, Gendered Knowledge and Deconstructed Borders

Moderator: Evelyn Nakano Glenn  (Ethnic Studies & Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley)
Laura Perez (Ethnic Studies and Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies, UC Berkeley)
Paola Bacchetta (Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley)
Juana María Rodriguez (Gender & Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley)

3 pm – 3:30 pm – Break

3:30 pm – 5 pm – Panel 4: Institutional Social Change: Campus/Community Roundtable

Moderator: Victoria Robinson, American Cultures
Graduates Reaching a DREAM Deferred (GRADD NorCal)
Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education (RISE)
Immigrant Student Issues Coalition (ISIC)
Undocumented Student Program
Asian Students Promoting Immigration Reform through Education (ASPIRE)
Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD)
GenEq Undocuqueer Working Group

5 pm – 5:30 pm – Closing Performance

5:30 pm – Grab dinner and head over to the International House for the UNDOCUNATION Evening Performance & Culture Jam, 7pm – 10pm!!


Time: Friday, Feb 15, 7pm – 10 pm
Location: International House, UC Berkeley

Artists from different racial and sexual backgrounds, immigration history and documentation statuses will be sharing artwork and cultural interventions about the current immigration crisis through performances, film excerpts, installations, music and readings. The collaboration of these creative artists attempts to use images and stories to facilitate dialogue that can inspire.  UndocuNation is also part of a series of workshops that have been taking place nation-wide has been presented in major U.S. cities, including at our own Bay Area Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.

  • Favianna Rodriguez, visual artist
  • Julio Salgado, artivist
  • Aracely Mondragon, Chicana poet
  • Yosimar Reyes, Two Spirit Poeta
  • Josh Healey, poet and comic storyteller
  • Berenice Dimas, Queer Jaranera
  • Persia, International Glamorous Drag Queen
  • Hertz Alegrio, visual artist
  • Alex Bow, transgender surrealist pop artist
  • Jesús Iñiguez, spoken word artivist
  • Khushboo Kataria Gulati, Kali Desi Artist Storyteller
  • Melanie Cervantes & Jesus BarrazaWe will also be accompanied by the delightful presence of El Teatro de Estánfor directed by Cherríe L. Moraga, a performance by Poetry for the the People directed by Aya de León, with featured support from UC Berkeley’s TDPS Teatro Lab!

If you have any specific questions or interests to this event, please contact:

Marco Antonio Flores
UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar
Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize

We look forward to your presence, can’t wait to see you all at our night of celebration. Please feel free to check out the official UNDOCUNATION site on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Undocunation/233268960140317).


¡pa’ lante siempre!


Dept of Art Practice, American Cultures, Asian American Diaspora Studies, Center for Latino Policy Research, Center for Race & Gender, Chicano Latino Alumni Association, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Cross Cultural Student Development, Dept of English, Ethnic Studies Department, Greenlining Institute, Graduate Assembly, Gender & Women’s Studies Department, Gender Equity Resource Center, Haas Innovation Grants, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, LGBTQ Cluster of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Multicultural Community Center, Multicultural Immigrant Student Program, Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund, Student Life Advising Services/Educational Opportunity Program, Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies Department

The UNDOCUNATION! Symposium featured the release the 2013 research report, “Working Together to Improve Campus Climate for Undocumented AB540 Students at UC Berkeley,” produced by the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender and the Center for Latino Policy Research.

This research report explored the campus climate for undocumented immigrant students at Cal. The report is part of the CRG project initiative on undocumented students at UC Berkeley and beyond.

Visit the report publication page to learn more details.

Download the Executive Summary of the report or read below.