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2013.10.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

Time Magazine Honoree, DREAM Act Advocate to Speak at UNO
Dulce Matuz, One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People for 2012, Is Special Guest for Latino Heritage Month

Super Tuesday

Omaha - One of Time Magazine’s most influential people and a key figure in the ongoing discussion about immigration will speak on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus as part of Latino Heritage Month.

Dulce Matuz, 27, was named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list in 2012 for her work calling attention to the struggles of young undocumented immigrants who face barriers to education and employment. Matuz will speak about her experiences at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Also included at the event, which is free and open to the public, will be an authentic Salvadoran dinner and a Mariachi performance by Las Cecilias.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and free surface parking is available in any student, faculty or staff stall or in the east-end parking garage next to Arts and Sciences Hall.

Matuz made headlines in 2011 for leading the charge for promotion of the DREAM Act as an undocumented immigrant who, at that time, had recently graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in electrical engineering, but could not find work due to not being a U.S. citizen.

“The U.S. immigration debate brings out the worst in some and the best in others,” reads Matuz’s Time Magazine entry, which was written by actress and activist Eva Longoria. “As president of the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, Dulce promotes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who, like her, were brought to the U.S. before they were 16, attend college or serve in the military and are of good moral character.”

Dulce’s speaking event is sponsored by UNO’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the UNO Association of Latin American Students and UNO American Multicultural Students.

Latino Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Questions about the Oct. 10 event should be directed to Helen Kang, assistant director of cultural programs for UNO's Multicultural Affairs Office, at 402.554.3884.

Media requests should be directed to Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

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