The Unafraid (2018) is a feature-length documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, and fighting for the rights of their families and communities.

A panel will follow the film. Get to know our panelists!

Ana Trejo represents Define America, a Duke organization dedicated to using media, political, and cultural organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics & shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, & citizenship in the Duke and Durham Community, and engage in the national conversation.

I am a sophomore at Duke studying International Comparative Studies and Global Health. The second eldest of four siblings, I was born and raised in Dalton, Georgia—the small town where my Mexican immigrant parents settled. Unfortunately, the immigration system in place has separated and continues to separate millions of families; my family was no exception. In 2010, my father was deported to Mexico, and my mother was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer while being pregnant with my youngest brother, Jesus. My younger brother, Henry, developed mild autism due to the trauma; my sister, Dana, and I fell into depression. With my mother taking chemotherapy and my father repeatedly yet unsuccessfully trying to illegally cross the border to be with us, no one had been paying the rent. We eventually came home to eviction. My family became homeless and food insecure. Navigating these hardships in Georgia, a state with some of the strictest immigration laws in the country, was difficult. Nevertheless, my mother was determined to overcome this adversity, and now I am here. Thanks to the sacrifices of my immigrant parents, I am now at Duke with a full, four-year scholarship, and I am here to share my immigrant family’s struggle and be a voice for the immigrant community.”

Christopher Briggs offers an inside perspective on Duke’s own admission process and how that affects undocumented students.

Christopher Briggs is a diversity and recruitment specialist harnessing more than ten years of experience through university admissions. Christopher, a Durham Public Schools graduate, received his Bachelor of Arts from Elon University and while working at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) he also completed a Master of Science at Georgia State University. Currently he works as Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University an recently started a PhD in Higher Education at North Carolina State University. He is focused on efforts to expand the scope of opportunities offered to students seeking access to higher education. In his work, Chris is committed to creating globally and socioeconomically diverse campuses to aid the education of all students.

 

 

Popcorn and drinks will be provided.