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Access to education for undocumented residents in cities

When: Friday, November 20, 2020, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Online, joining instructions will be sent to registered participants.

Part of the Sanctuary: What next? International Seminar Series with and for undocumented residents in cities series

About the event

Activists, advocates and municipal officers will reflect on the following questions:

  1. What types of stories and campaigns have worked / not worked to advance precarious status students in education?
  2. What should schools and universities be doing (and what not) e.g. loan schemes, training campus security, peer support, scholarships?
  3. What is working well in spaces that have increased access and what needs to be improved?
  4. How can we build political consensus with different audiences for campaigns to extend rights of precarious status urban residents to education?
  5. What strategies might there be for stopping education being a site of border control through data sharing, security on campus, others?
  6. Is there any role for working at the city-level in these campaigns?



Tanya Aberman and the S4 collective, Canada

James Blatchley-Asfa, Citizens UK

Kimberly Garande, We Belong, UK

Angelina Romano, RISE-SF, United School District San Francisco,

Part of the Sanctuary: What next? International Seminar Series with and for undocumented residents in cities series

Sanctuary: What next? will take stock and reinvigorate urban strategies of resistance to anti-migrant policies. Speakers include leading activists, advocates, NGOs, frontline workers and municipal officials across pioneering sanctuary cities in the USA, Canada, and UK.

The seminars will ask: what strategies of resistance and solidarities have developed in cities? How can we build stronger coalitions within and between cities? How are new forms of governance posing new challenges to non-citizens and solidarity with them – from the criminalization to the enclosure of public space and widespread surveillance? And what does – or could – the future look like for cities in this rapidly shifting moment?


Organising committee

Tihe series is convened by Dr Rachel Humphris (Queen Mary University of London), Graham Hudson (Ryerson University) and Kathy Coll (University of San Francisco). It is part of the project 'Welcoming Cities? Understanding Sanctuary in Securitized States' funded by The Leverhulme Trust, UK.

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