Journalist, activist discuss immigration, citizenship

Lulú Martínez

Lulú Martínez, UIC student and immigration activist. Photo: Steve Pavey

Issues of citizenship, immigration and belonging will be addressed April 16 at an event presented by the UIC Latino Cultural Center and the Futuro Media Group, producer of National Public Radio’s “Latino USA.”

The discussion, noon to 1:30 p.m. in Lecture Center B2, brings together Maria Hinojosa, journalist and host of “Latino USA,” and UIC student Lulú Martínez, one of Chicago Magazine‘s 2013 “Chicagoans of the Year” and DREAM Act advocate.

Martínez is an undocumented student and immigration reform activist majoring in gender and women’s studies. In 2013, she joined eight other undocumented students, called the “Dream 9,” who protested U.S. deportation policies by attempting to cross the border from Mexico to Arizona where they were arrested and detained by federal authorities.

Martínez is a co-founder of the Immigrant Youth Justice League and Fearless Undocumented Alliance, and has participated in local and national undocumented youth-led actions.

Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa

Hinojosa, an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning television and radio journalist, is anchor and executive producer of “Latino USA.” During her 25-year career, she has reported for PBS, CNN, NPR, Frontline and CBS Radio and anchored the talk show “Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One.”

She is founder of the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit media organization covering social and civic justice issues.

The event, “Migration and Transformation,” is a project of the UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change that highlights the different migration experiences of people living in the U.S. and how those events shape their identities and sense of belonging in society.

It is supported in part by the Ford Foundation and co-sponsored by the UIC student organizations Fearless Undocumented Alliance and the Heritage Garden Student Group.

Admission is free, but space is limited. RSVPs are required.

For more information, call 312-996-3095.