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UndocuCarolina Trainings aim to inform participants about the policy landscape shaping access to educational opportunities and resources for current and prospective undocumented students at UNC.

These trainings will help participants identify campus and community resources and learn best practices for navigating relationships with undocumented and DACAmented students.

Check back for information on our spring 2020 trainings!






November 10 | 6:00

Duke Rubenstein Film Theater

Woven from footage collected over a quarter of a century, Rocío follows an undocumented Mexican family’s struggle to stay together in the face of terminal illness and an immovable border. After Dario’s mother is suddenly diagnosed with kidney cancer, he returns from college to care for her and record the ways illness has transformed the family’s daily routines. As they begin to exhaust treatment options, the family turns to a clinic across the border that practices alternative medicine. Dario accompanies his mother to Mexico, unsure if either of them will see the United States—or their family—again. Highlighting the experiences of (re)building life in a new country and negotiating the limits of the American Dream, Rocío invites us to reframe migration narratives around familial memory and intimacy.

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

Dr. Krista Perreira

Dr. Miguel Rojas-Sotelo

Rubi Franco Quiroz




Dr. Lisa Marie Cacho, An UndocuCarolina Distinguished Lecture

Trained to Kill: How Police Training Denied the Complex Innocence of Antonio Zambrano-Montes

November 12 | 6:00

UNC FedEx Global Education Center

In collaboration with The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke and UNC, The Latina/o Studies Program, and the Critical Ethnic Studies Collaborative, Dr. Lisa Marie Cacho examines the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an undocumented Latino immigrant who was throwing rocks when he was shot. Instead of trying to figure out why a specific shooting happened or making a case for why a specific victim was more innocent than not, Cacho starts with the premise that no shootings should be automatically justified and that all people—even if in the act of committing a crime—are complexly innocent.




Invisible No More: Maya Forced Migration, Asylum, and Human Rights in the United States

October 10 | 5:15

UNC Hyde Hall


Floridalma Boj Lopez (K’ich’e Maya, California State University, Los Angeles)
Gio B’atz’ (K’ich’e Maya, New Mexico State University)
Juanita Cabrera Lopez (Maya Mam, Executive Director of the International Mayan League)
Andrew Curley, Moderator (Navajo Nation, UNC-CH)
Mercedes Say (K’ich’e Maya, International Maya League)
Geronimo Ramirez (Ixil Maya, Youth Member, International Maya League)










Sanctuary Everywhere? An UndocuCarolina Roundtable Discussion

February 12 | 6:30

UNC FedEx Global Education Center 1005

Since President Trump assumed office, not only has the number of sanctuary churches doubled, but also cities, universities, and even restaurants have organized to declare themselves places of protection for im/migrants. There are six im/migrants living in sanctuary in North Carolina, one of whom, Rosa del Carmen Ortez-Cruz, is only a short walk from campus at the Church of Reconciliation. Another, Samuel Oliver-Bruno, was deported after living in sanctuary at CityWell Church in Durham for eleven months. This roundtable will bring together faith-based activists, community organizers, and artists to discuss the possibilities and limits of these contemporary sanctuary practices.








The Unafraid

January 20 | 3:30

UNC FedEx Global Education Center

Join us this MLK weekend to celebrate freedom fighters everywhere. The Unafraid is a new documentary that follows the personal lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college.

Shot over a period of four years, the film takes an intimate look at the lives of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education, and fighting for the rights of their families and communities. Together, they show us what it means to grow up both American and undocumented in the United States.







The Muslim Ban & Us

November 8 | 6:30

UNC FedEx Global Education Center

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Muslim Ban in a 5-4 decision, the roundtable will cover the changing landscape of immigration policy, the role that racism and criminalization play in these policy changes, and the effects of bans on movement on transnational families and immigrant and refugee communities.

Juliane Hammer, UNC Religious Studies
Manzoor Cheema,Muslims for Social Justice
Nahid Soltanzadeh, Local Educator and Iranian Immigrant
Samah Choudhury, Facilitator





DACA: One Year Later

October 3 | 6:30

UNC FedEx Global Education Center

In September 2017, the Trump Administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which for five years had provided temporary protection from deportation to nearly a million qualifying young people, including 25,000 in North Carolina. On the anniversary of this decision, this conversation will focus on where DACA stands today, what recent court rulings mean, and how local organizations are responding to the government’s decisions. Beyond DACA, we’ll discuss local, state, and campus policies affecting undocumented students and DACA recipients, their impact on college access and retention, and ways undocumented young people are working to address educational inequities.