Ian P. Fitzpatrick, Victoria J. Lewis, Nicholas D. White


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The Building Community through Social Justice Learning and Living Cohort is an opportunity for first-year students to get involved with many aspects of social justice locally, regionally, and globally. One of the greatest current challenges to our democracy is the issue of immigration. There are several issues that confront our society and the people wishing to immigrate to the United States. Our group explored this issue first-hand by participating in The Immigration and Refugee Plunge, an event sponsored by the Center for Social Concern in the spring of 2012. This plunge was designed to give participants a better look at the process and the problems many foreign nationals face navigating their way through the US Immigration Service. We will be reflecting on the principles and practices of the system; the benefits of the current system; the negative aspects of the process; and, how maintaining the status quo can impact immigration and our democracy.

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Meredith L. Doench

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Research exercise: Immigration and Refugee Plunge: A Social Justice Learning Living Cohort Community Project