Allyship with Undocumented Immigrants

Responsible “allyship” requires solidarity and action. As conditions around the country worsen for undocumented immigrants, many are feeling the call to help but don’t know where to start. Here in Lawrence, there are resources to help and places to volunteer, but where to find them?

To answer this question, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is hosting “Allyship with Undocumented Immigrants: A Community Workshop” on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. at the Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS  66045. Spacing is limited. Reserve a seat for yourself, or other “allies-in-training,” at clacs.ku.edu/allyship-registration by September 18, 2019. Register now. On-site registration will be available. 

This workshop—in partnership with the KU Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sanctuary Alliance Lawrence, and the Spencer Museum of Art—will be an opportunity for people in the Lawrence community to learn how to practice allyship with undocumented immigrants in the U.S. through knowledge, awareness, reflection, and action. The workshop is led by CLACS and OMA faculty and staff who work with and respond to the needs of marginalized students, staff, and faculty at KU. 

The workshop is inspired by Danielle Roney’s art piece in the knowledges exhibit currently running at the Spencer Museum of Art from August 24, 2019 to January 23, 2020. Her work, Mantras, is a series of sculptures which translate voice recordings offered by undocumented immigrants into visual choruses of resistance. Each animated sculpture is a unique, radical and radiant representation of voices within the migrant community in and around Lawrence, Kansas. Attendees of the Allyship Workshop are encouraged to visit the exhibit. Migrants and immigrants are encouraged to record a mantra, phrase, song or prayer and see it become flowing movements of light across the surface like visible sound waves. To learn how to add your voice to this participatory art project at the Spencer Museum of Art, visit the Strata: Mantras website.

This workshop is for our community and open to all. The subject matter, including case studies and other examples, will be of particular interest to those who are affiliated with education settings, so we extend a particular invitation to educators and students. 

For questions on the upcoming workshop, please contact Aron Muci at clacs@ku.edu.


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