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Writing Our Own: Storytelling and Immigrant Hope in an Era of Disillusionment

March 9, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, Latina/o Studies Program, and UndocuCarolina present:

Writing Our Own: Storytelling, Immigration, and Hope in an Era of Disillusionment

March 9th, 5:30PM EST on Zoom


Journalist Jesús Rodríguez and UndocuCarolina’s Jatzyri Perez Garcia and Rubi Franco Quiroz discuss the power of storytelling for communicating the challenges faced by the undocumented in America. How can storytelling be a form of advocacy and liberation? How can sharing our stories foster community and inspire change? Can undocumented dissidents safely tell their stories in today’s climate?


Jesús A. Rodríguez


Jesús Rodríguez is an independent journalist covering law, politics, and justice and a contributing editor at Politico Magazine, where he published the magazine’s first article in Spanish. Most recently, he has written on how the Supreme Court shaped the narrative of “Dreamers” in a case that helped secure the right of undocumented immigrants to education. His reporting and research have also appeared in The Atlantic, VoxThe HillJust Security, and the Brennan Center for Justice, and he is a fellow of the Periplus Collective. He is also completing a law degree at Georgetown, where he is a Global Law Scholar and the senior articles editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.


Rubi Franco Quiroz


Rubi Franco Quiroz is a UNC Alumna, currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at the UNC School of Social Work. Rubi is an activist at heart. She is passionate about building a national network centered around upholding human dignity and access to opportunities. She currently works as the Head of Impact for The Student Success Agency. Her work focuses on supporting youth in their search to find their identity and in the pursuit of their dreams. Rubi is training to empower youth in mindful self-compassion and self-resilience. She is interested in contributing to educational, opportunity and health equity by providing students with virtual support services anytime, anywhere. 


Jatzyri Perez Garcia


Jatzyri Perez Garcia is a Golden Door scholar studying to become a nurse at UNC. She is deeply passionate about healthcare and bridging the inequities that exist in underserved populations. Jatzyri is keen on encouraging others to push past boundaries and chase their passions. Living most of her life undocumented and being a first generation high school graduate and college student, she is always looking for an opportunity to mentor and tutor other students. Currently, she is working on creating resources for undocumented people at UNC. She dreams of using her personal experiences and knowledge as a future healthcare professional to create a program that provides pro-bono healthcare to underrepresented communities.


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March 9, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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