CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–April 15, 2016. Margaret Regan, an award-winning journalist and author whose life’s work has been to raise awareness and make change to draconian U.S. immigration practices, will deliver a lecture on the horrors that growing numbers of immigrants and their families face at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 25 in Roosevelt’s 10th floor library, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
The author of the books Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire and The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands, Regan is the winner of a dozen journalism awards for border reporting, including two national prizes.
Addressing the growing trend in which immigrants and their families, many who have lived in the U.S. for many years, are being detained and deported by the U.S. government, their lives altered and their dreams shattered forever, Regan is this year’s Matthew Freeman lecturer.
Named for the late Roosevelt student Matthew Freeman, the annual lecture highlights transformational social justice initiatives as well as the exemplary work of Roosevelt students who are living the University’s social justice mission.
During the event, two Roosevelt students will receive the Matthew Freeman Social Justice Award, which is one of the University’s highest honors for student achievement in social justice. This year’s recipients are: Michael Schneider, a graduate viola performance major responsible for a new program that is paving the way for Chicago College of Performing Arts students to share their music with juveniles detained at the Illinois Youth Center; and Ashanti McCall, a psychology major who works with trauma survivors, and is president of Roosevelt’s Black Student Union as well as a peer mentor in the University’s Academic Success Center.
“We are excited to welcome Margaret Regan, whose work on behalf of immigrants’ human rights is well known,” said Heather Dalmage, director of Roosevelt’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, which is the annual sponsor of the Matthew Freeman lecture and awards.
“We are also very proud of the work that our students are doing to live the Roosevelt’s mission of social justice. This year’s winners, Michael Schneider and Ashanti McCall, are exemplary examples of social justice in action,” she said.