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Community college invites everyone to ‘end family separation’ training

Led by Dreamer activist

College diversity offices and academic departments are no stranger to events that oppose enforcement of immigration law.

A community college in Washington state has gone even further, inviting all community members to get trained by advocates for illegal immigration.

Everett Community College sent a “daily digest” to the campus listserv Tuesday, obtained by The College Fix, that includes a listing titled “End Family Separation Event.” A version of the listing with slightly different wording is also posted on the campus calendar, which is missing this preface in the daily digest:

You are invited for a conversation this Wednesday about the pressing issues that families face when getting separated. Come to support community members that might be living in a constant fear and to gain a better understanding of how to help those affected. You will leave with resources to continue to help those in our community. Please open the invitation to your students, colleagues and anyone that would be interest [sic].

The invitation says the “training” will be led by Monserrat Padilla, coordinator of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network and co-founder of the Washington Dreamers Coalition. Padilla is a “well-known national leader” in the so-called Dreamer movement, which seeks to protect people who were illegally brought to America as children from deportation.

“Following the presentation, please join us for Q&A to get information on legal services,” the invitation reads. The event is also posted on the Office for Student LIFE Facebook page. (“LIFE” stands for “Leadership, Inclusion, Fun and Engagement.”)

The office, part of the student government, is also promoting an “Indigenous Peoples March” Thursday and a Martin Luther King Jr. Day “radical healing workshop” that will “combat problematic themed parties, misogyny, socio-economic discrepancies and other forms of oppression.”

The Diversity and Equity Center, part of the administration’s Equity and Social Justice Division, is also hosting a grand opening for its new campus space at the end of the month.

Everett Community College requires students to satisfy a “diversity course requirement” as a condition of getting their associate degrees.

Read the calendar listing.

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