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The College of Education engages faculty and students with leading senior scholars in different fields of educational scholarship

Dean's Diversity Lecture Series

The College of Education provides rich opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to hear from internationally renowned scholars who address important issues of diversity. To broaden these efforts, the College sponsors the Dean's Diversity Lecture Series, which encourages ongoing introspection on timely issues of equity and diversity. These talks offer a space for productive dialogue about concerns such as perceived inequities, biases, and microaggressions that impact our campus community.

This academic year, the College has invited speakers whose expertise encompasses a unique set of topics. Speakers were chosen based on feedback from last year's attendees. The lectures provide action oriented strategies for concrete institutional change. Attendees walk away with new ideas on how to support each other as a campus community while also working towards healing in the face of injustice. Each of the distinguished scholars will deliver a lecture that is open to the campus community at the Illini Union. Also, there are a number of ways to access the lecture series via a video of each speaker's talk featured on this website, or a podcast interview of the speaker followed by a blog, which are made available by the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL).

Upcoming Talks

Aurora Chang, Loyola University Chicago
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Illini Union, Room 104
Noon-1 p.m.

Aurora ChangUndocumented to Hyperdocumented: The Power of Documentation

One of the strategies that undocumented students have employed to "earn" citizenship is to academically achieve. In this talk, Dra. (Doctora) Aurora Chang will share lessons she has learned during her journey/transition from an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala to a hyperdocumented academic in the U.S. Through the telling of counter-stories from her life and the lives of her students, she will reveal how "undocumented intelligence" and "hyperdocumentation," both terms she has developed and theorized, are the foundation upon which undocumented students' critical hope is built and their powerful narratives told.

Dra. Chang began as an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala and was raised in Richmond, California, in a family of eight. The scholar is now an assistant professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches coursework on social justice education, school reform, undocumented students, Chicana feminist epistemology, and urban schooling. Dra. Chang is the author of The Struggle of Identity, Education, and Agency in the Lives of Undocumented Students: The Burden of Hyperdocumentation.