Latino immigration topic of last 'Roots of America' presentation May 23
A discussion on the “Roots of Latino Immigration” will be presented by an expert panel starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Pollard Auditorium, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 210 Badger Ave.
The presentation is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served with the talk commencing at 5:30 p.m.
This fourth and last lecture in the "Roots of America" exploration of cultures series co-sponsored by the Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club and the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning will focus on the realities of immigration today and the myths and misunderstandings that complicate local and national response.
According to Madeline Rogero, former mayor of Knoxville and panel moderator, the topics discussed will include “immigration and asylum law, DACA/Dreamers, available resources to help our new Latino neighbors integrate into our community’s fabric, our public schools’ response, the Latino workforce and economy and the ways to create a more humane response and welcoming community.”
Rogero, who served as Knoxville’s mayor from 2011 through 2019, previously was Knoxville’s director of Community Development. She was named executive director of Knoxville’s Promise, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and the University of Tennessee Community Partnership Center. She served on the Knox County Commission from 1990 to 1998 and was an organizer with Cesar Chavez’s farmworkers union.
The other panelists are Patricia Robledo, Claudia Caballero and Arléne Amarante.
Patricia Robledo, a native of Colombia, works for Knox County Schools as its first Latino community outreach specialist. She is the owner of Robledo Translations LLC. In 2011, Mayor Rogero appointed Robledo to lead the newly created Office of Business Support. She was Knoxville’s first Latina immigrant appointee for the city. She continued working with Mayor Indya Kincannon’s administration until 2021.
Claudia Caballero is president and CEO of Centro Hispano de East Tennessee. This nonprofit empowers the Latino community through education, workforce development, youth and family engagement and resource referral services. Raised between Honduras and the United States, Caballero is bicultural and bilingual. She is a member of the Knoxville Utility Board and Knoxville Chamber. This year she earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Arléne Amarante is an assistant professor of law at Lincoln Memorial University, where she teaches courses in Legal Writing, Immigration Law, Asylum Law and Critical Race Theory. She practices immigration law and previously served as executive director of a nonprofit law firm and as a legal aid attorney. She is a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Mexico to the United States.
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