The new administration promises dramatic changes to the legal
and political status and conditions facing undocumented students. What do
faculty, staff and students need to know to navigate this new environment? What
steps can campuses take to proactively protect their students? What role might
Dreamers and undocumented students play in challenging this new regime?
This teach-in features, María Blanco, Executive Director of the
Undocumented Student Legal Services Center, which operates out of UC Davis
School of Law to provide immigration-related legal services for undocumented
students at the six University of California campuses without law schools.
Launched in November 2014, the Center is a pilot project of the University of
California Office of the President and works in collaboration with the UC Davis
School of Law Immigration Law Clinic.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Blanco has more than 20 years’ experience as a
litigator and advocate for immigrant rights, women’s rights, and social
justice. She most recently served as Vice President of Civic Engagement at the
California Community Foundation and led its immigrant integration initiatives.
Blanco has also served as Executive Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren
Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law, as Executive Director of the Lawyers’
Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, as an Equal Rights
Advocates attorney, as associate director and associate professor at Golden
Gate University School of Law, and as National Senior Counsel for the Mexican
American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
This is the third in a series of Imagining Freedom Teach-Ins organized by
the Department of Ethnic Studies in partnership with other campus units focused
on creating new political possibilities in a moment of crisis and retrenchment.