Book Launch and Conversation: Amplifying Black Undocumented Student Voices in Higher Education

On April 25th at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance as celebrated the launch of Amplifying Black Undocumented Voices in Higher Education! Written by Dr. Felecia Russell, Director of the Higher Ed Immigration Portal, this powerful book tells the contemporary story of a diverse group of young adults who yearn for a place to belong while navigating America’s racial and legal structures.

The launch included a firechat conversation with the author and a panel discussion exploring the stories and research within the book.

Speakers included:

  • Felecia S. Russell, Author, and Director, Higher Ed Immigration Portal at the Presidents’ Alliance
  • Julissa Arce, National Best Selling Author, Speaker Social Justice Advocate, Former Wall Street Executive
  • Philip Kretsedemas, Managing Director of Research Evaluation and Data Analytics, Acacia Center for Justice
  • Christopher Rivas, Rothschild Social Impact Fellow, Ph.D. candidate for Expressive Arts for Global Health and Peace Building, actor, author, podcaster, and storyteller. 
  • Keisha Chin Goosby, Clinical Assistant Professor & Academic Program Director of Intern Credentialing Program, Loyola Marymount University
  • Patrice Lawrence, Executive Director, UndocuBlack Network
  • Moderator: Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance