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2011.04.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO, South High Students Partner for April 30 Latino Migration Forum

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students taking a course on Latino migration and integration this semester, along with UNO's service-learning partners from Omaha South High School, will lead a community forum on immigration issues and impacts. The forum runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at South High's library, 4519 S. 24 St. Saturday’s forum is free and open to the public.

The afternoon forum is the culmination of a semester-long service-learning project sponsored by UNO’s Service-Learning Academy.

During the spring semester, students from both schools dove into academic readings, attended legislative hearings on immigration-related bills, and video-interviewed state senators and South Omaha community residents. The main purpose of their project was to produce and disseminate information about the potential impacts of state-level immigration enforcement policies, such as LB48, on the Latino immigrant population’s chances for successful integration into local communities.

South High students who are in a Leadership and Citizenship class produced three short videos, and the UNO students produced bilingual fact sheets and a PowerPoint presentation, which they will share with the general public starting with Saturday’s forum. The fact sheets will be posted on the OLLAS website and South High students will help distribute them throughout Omaha.

The project has allowed students opportunities to learn how one becomes a more informed and engaged citizen, lessons they will pass along to others through thoughtful reflections during the forum.

Simultaneous interpretation (English to Spanish) will be available on Saturday, and light refreshments will be offered.

The forum is co-sponsored with Nebraska’s ACLU, a community partner of the service-learning project.

For more information, contact Lourdes Gouveia at UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), 402-554-3835; or Lucy Garza-Westbrook at UNO’s Service-Learning Academy, 402-554-3055.

For information about the Omaha South High School Leadership and Citizenship class, contact Matthew D. Curtis: 402-557-3657.

Partial funding for the project was secured through the Service-Learning Academy, the Mammel Foundation and an anonymous donor.

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