TEDx Salon Talks Refugees and Immigration
On March 27, 2019, Leadership Programs hosted its second sold-out TEDx Salon on the immigration and refugee crisis. This TEDx Salon focused on giving students the opportunity to take a deep dive into the topic and explore competing ideas related to the issue at hand. This timely event focused on current headlines and controversies like border patrol, family separation, DACA and more.
The event opened with Duarte Geraldino’s Tedx talk, What We’re Missing in the Debate About Immigration, highlighting the social circles that immigrants are part of. Once the TEDx talk video was over, the panelists took the stage. Panelists included and immigration attorney, Sarah Owings, Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee, J.D. McCrary, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Ryan Maltese and current student Lala Zahabi. The panelists each shared their experiences with these topics by answering student questions and giving their viewpoints on the issue.
One student especially took advantage of the resources and access to the panel. Graduate and first-generation student Crystal Brown-Thompson stated,
This event was so insightful, the panelists were very helpful and I may have even gotten a potential internship out of it.
The event also included two Kahoot trivia game breaks. Multiple-choice questions were asked to the attendees and they could use their smartphone, tablet or computer and answer the questions. At the end of the trivia the top three winners were given prizes. This trivia allowed participants to learn facts and statistics about the immigration and refugee crisis.
This TEDx Salon was the second of three being offered this semester and serves as an opportunity for individuals to share their perspectives while also gaining new ones. Check out the next TEDx Salon taking place on April 17, 2019 in the Student Center West Rooms 466/468!