Third Annual

Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference

at Vassar College

April 5, 2024 •  9AM – 2PM  •  Vassar College

Call for Workshops

Dear Friends,

Chicano Organizing and Research in Education (CORE) and its Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference (IYEC) Planning Committee invites you to submit a workshop proposal for our third annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference on Friday, April 5, 2024 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Taylor Hall (Vassar College).

The theme of our third annual conference will explore the relationship between immigration, education, and hope. We must maintain hope, and part of the process of maintaining hope is acknowledging that we are not alone as migrants and in our pursuit of education. In a nation with compulsory education, the U.S. must continue opening its doors to immigrants and its children because they are part of our community, families, and society. Throughout history, U.S. schools have been places of opportunity, indoctrination, liberation, and assimilation for various groups including immigrant students. The struggle and the hope for an education itself is one that has not been limited to K-12 schooling (e.g. Plyler v. Doe) but has also included access to higher education (e.g. “state DREAM acts”). This conference will center the importance of schools and education to the lives of immigrant populations in the U.S. What is the role (or should be the role) of the schools when considering immigrant populations? How has immigration and immigrant students shaped schools, and how have schools shaped immigration and immigrant students? And how do immigrants and their allies manifest hope in the fight for immigrant rights? These essential questions will be the focus of our Third Annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference (IYEC) at Vassar College.

We seek workshops that will address our conference theme. Workshops are all 45 minutes each and there will be two sets of concurrent workshop sessions — one session in the mid morning (10:00am – 10:45am) and one session in the late morning (11:00am – 11:45am).

If you are interested in providing a workshop, please submit your proposal below no later than Monday, March 4, 2024 at 11:59pm. Note that submission of a proposal does not guarantee approval. All proposals are subject to review and approval by the IYEC Planning Committee. Workshops selections are expected to be announced on or around Friday, March 8, 2024.

If you have any further questions or concerns about presenting a workshop, or any other logistics, please feel free to contact the IYEC Planning Committee at