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DACA Updates & Resources 4:45 p.m. Aug. 24

DACA Updates & Resources
Support and Advocacy Moving Forward
Aug. 24, 2020
4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Please join us for this informative virtual forum on issues and resources for DACA and Undocumented recipients or those who might qualify.

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Únase a nosotros en este foro virtual informativo sobre temas y recursos para DACA y estudiantes indocumentados

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Moderator: Hilda Ladner, College Diversity Officer

Welcome: Provost Dolores Duran-Cerda

Remarks: Chancellor Lee Lambert



DACA Updates and Policy Revisions

Jeffrey Silvyn, General Counsel for Pima Community College

Maurice (“Mo”) Goldman, Goldman & Goldman, Immigration Law Firm


Resources and Best Practices

Aliento, Reyna Montoya, Founder & CEO

Scholarships A-Z, Carolina Silva, Executive Director

PCC, Immigrant, and Refugee Student Resource Center, Yolanda Gonzales, Program Coordinator

Each expert panelist will share available resources and best practices


Student Panelist

A personal perspective regarding the student experience and the impact of immigration policy throughout their college journey as a DACA-mented and/or Undocumented student.

  • Pros/cons of the DACA application process by Dana Pineda, former IRSRC Student Ambassador
  • Creating community change through student advocacy by Lucero Barraza, Scholarships A-Z Executive Team Member and student at University of Arizona
  • Using student voice to engage educator accomplices by Jaynelle Granados, Scholarships A-Z Executive Team Member and student at University of Southern California


Mental Health Needs and Resources

Sylvia Loustaunau Romero, PCC Counselor


Questions for the forum

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Questions about the forum

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Speaker Bios


Dr. Dolores Durán-Cerda serves as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Pima Community College, where she leads and oversees all academic areas for the College, while focusing on student success, community engagement and diversity. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American literature with an emphasis in poetry, from the University of Arizona. Dolores received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, has published and translated articles, and has presented at national and international conferences on pedagogy and literature.  A seasoned educator, Dr. Durán-Cerda has 20 years of comprehensive and increasingly responsible college-level instructional, administrative and leadership experience.

Chancellor Lee Lambert

Lee D. Lambert, J.D., has been Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 2013. Chancellor Lambert has long held that community colleges such as Pima are instruments of social justice and are uniquely positioned to address systemic educational and economic inequity.  Throughout his community college career, he has been an innovator in connecting industry and community colleges in order to revitalize communities through educational opportunity in an age marked by rapid technological and demographic change. A graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., Chancellor Lambert appreciates the lifelong value that a Liberal Arts education provides for thousands of our students.

Jeffrey Silvyn, General Counsel for Pima Community College

Jeff Silvyn was appointed as the first General Counsel for Pima County Community College District in 2013.  Previously, he spent five years as General Counsel for the Morris and Stewart Udall Foundation, a federal agency based in Tucson, devoted to environmental conflict resolution and education.  His legal career began with fifteen years in private practice, focused on employment law and commercial litigation, including representing Pima College.  Jeff served as a Vice-chair for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources and as adjunct faculty for the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.  He is a former Chair of the Arizona State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section.  Jeff grew up in Tucson and then ventured east, receiving a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and then a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1992.  He is admitted to practice in Arizona and California.

Maurice (“Mo”) Goldman, Goldman & Goldman, Immigration Law Firm

Maurice “Mo” Goldman works in Tucson, Arizona at Goldman & Goldman, P.C.  He holds a J.D./M.B.A. from Hofstra University.  He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in journalism.  His law practice is focused only on immigration-related matters including employment-based, family-based, asylum, removal defense and other humanitarian-based immigration issues.  Mr. Goldman has served on multiple national American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) committees.  He’s a recipient of the 2010 AILA Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award and the 2018 Randy Tunac Courage in Immigration Award. Mo previously served as the AILA Arizona chapter chair.  He was previously a trustee to the American Immigration Council (AIC) and sat on the boards of the ASISTA, Border Action Network and Immigrants List.

Reyna Montoya, Founder & CEO, Aliento

A DACAmented social entrepreneur, educator and dancer, Reyna Montoya is the founder and CEO of Aliento. She is an alumna of Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Reyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico, 15 minutes from the U.S. and Mexico border, and migrated to Arizona in 2003 fleeing violence. Despite the fear, anxiety and stress of growing undocumented in Arizona and witnessing her dad go through deportation proceedings, Reyna did not lose hope. That is why she took a leap of faith and decided to create Aliento in 2016 after years of organizing and educating both at the local and national levels. Through youth-led arts + healing workshops, leadership development and community organizing, Aliento transforms trauma into hope and action for those most impacted by the harms associated with lacking an immigration status. In less than four years, Aliento has touched the lives of over 25,000 people, of which 15,000 are youth. Under dedicated Reyna's leadership, 1,000 undocumented, DACA and mixed-status youth have stepped into leadership roles.

Reyna's contributions to well-being of the undocumented, DACA, and mixed-status community have earned her recognition by Forbes 30 Under 30, the 2019 Phoenix Chamber ATHENA Awards, the Muhammad Ali Center as the 2018 Humanitarian Recipient for Spirituality, 2017 #NBCLatino20, Fast Company among others. She is also a Soros Justice Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, a New Profit and Boulder Fund Award Recipient.

ScholarshipsA-Z, Carolina Silva, Executive Director

Bio: Carolina Silva is the Executive Director of ScholarshipsA-Z and came to the U.S. at the age of nine from Lima, Peru. Her work is situated at the intersection of education, immigration, and equity. She began organizing as an undocumented college student in Salt Lake City, Utah and received her PhD in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University. Prior to joining ScholarshipsA-Z, Carolina was a Congressional Fellow with the Education and Labor Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. In her spare time, Carolina enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring the Tucson landscape.

Yolanda Gonzales

Yolanda Gonzales is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico who resettled in Barrio Viejo, one of the oldest barrios in the heart of Downtown Tucson. A place they call home and where they continued to practice their faith, culture, and heritage and planted their roots. Coming from a family of activists Yolanda is an advocate for social justice and serves diverse communities and holds a history of commitment and a deep-rooted sense of passion for her people, education, and student success. She graduated from Tucson High School and attended Pima College. Her undergraduate coursework includes an Associate in Sociology, and a Bachelor of Science in Management and is currently working on a Master of Science in Management and Leadership this fall.

Yolanda is the program coordinator for the DEI Office and leads the development and implementation of initiatives related to the inclusion of Immigrant and Refugee students. As a first-generation college student, she is committed to promoting inclusive environments, bringing awareness and understanding of the nature of social inequities faced by immigrant and refugee communities in higher education.

Dana Pineda, former IRSRC Student Ambassador

Although Dana attended elementary through high school in Tucson and continued her education at Pima Community College where she earned an Associates of Science and Arts. She left her mark on Pima as part of the founding team of the Immigrant and Refugee Student Resource Center and organized a community resource fair to educate immigrant and refugee families about the resources in Tucson that are available to them. She is currently enrolled at the University of Arizona as a Biomedical Engineering major, where she hopes to graduate and continue on to medical school.

Lucero Barraza, ScholarshipsA-Z Executive Team Member & Student at University of Arizona

Lucero Barraza migrated from Mexico when she was 11 months old. A Sunnyside High School graduate, she completed her first years of college at Pima Community College and then transferred to the University of Arizona in the spring of 2018. She is currently pursuing a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and hopes to attend graduate school after she graduates next May. She has been volunteering with ScholarshipsA-Z since 2016 and continues to lead student advocacy efforts through SA-Z's educational programming.

Jaynelle Granados, ScholarshipsA-Z Executive Team Member & Student at University of Southern California

Jaynelle Granados has volunteered with ScholarshipsA-Z (SAZ) since 2016.

During her time with SAZ, Jaynelle has been a program coordinator, has created and presented curriculum, ran programming, given training to high school and university professionals and more. She is co-coordinator of the SAZ Educators Committee. Jaynelle completed two years of undergraduate studies at Pima Community College where she earned her Associates degree this May. Since then, she has transferred to the University of Southern California where she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching progressive degree.

Sylvia Loustaunau Romero, PCC Counselor

Sylvia has been a part of Pima Community College since the fall of 2001 when she first became a member of the PCC Family Literacy AmeriCorps program. She served two full years as an AmeriCorps Member where she primarily helped adults learn basic English and computer skills, and volunteered at local non-profit organizations such as Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, and for the Sunnyside Unified School District.

While serving as an AmeriCorps Member, Sylvia earned her transfer degree from Pima Community College, and transferred to the University of Arizona. Upon graduating from the U of A, Sylvia enrolled in the Northern Arizona University Professional School Counseling program and promptly continued her work in public education. Sylvia's professional school counselor experience spans elementary, middle and high school, as well as community college. Sylvia has also taught math classes for Pima College's Adult Education Students.

Sylvia has worked with students and families who have sought education at all levels and at different points in their lives. She firmly believes in everyone's right to education regardless of immigration status or income level. A staunch supporter of quality public education, Sylvia is a proud member of the Southern Arizona Community and considers herself privileged to continue to serve students.

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