WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series, UIS LGBTQ Resource Office, and UIS Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) presents “Undocuqueer: I Exist!” featuring artist Julio Salgado and members of the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL).
WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room
DETAILS: Julio Salgado will lead a discussion on his personal experiences with undocumented and queer youth in both mediums of art and social justice efforts. He will also be creating art for UIS that is specifically tied to the population of undocumented, queer, and differently abled students. Salgado's art gives individuals a visual representation of the youth who are marginalized on a daily basis.
The Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) will bring a personal narrative of undocumented youth in Illinois and the challenges that they face. This event also serves to break the silence for students participating in the national observance of the Day of Silence at UIS.
Salgado is an artist and well-known activist -- by means of his art -- within the Dream Act movement. Salgado uses his art in such a way that empowers undocumented and queer people in using their personal stories to put a human face to the issues at hand.
The IYJL, based in Chicago, is led by undocumented organizers working towards full recognition of the rights and contributions of all immigrants through education, leadership development, policy advocacy, resource gathering, and mobilization.
For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speakers Series events and more information, visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries. All events are free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.