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Greater Reading Immigration Project Immigration Series

Jan 15, 2021
World Cultures

The Greater Reading Immigration Project (GRIP) will host a virtual 6-part series of webinars about  challenges surrounding immigration in our community, including education, immigration status, child detention and an update on DACA.

The series, which is free and open to the public, will begin on Tuesday, January 19th at 7 PM when Pennsylvania’s Second Lady, Gisele Fetterman, will talk about her experiences “From Invisible Undocumented Immigrant to Loud, Proud Advocate.”

Lectures will continue on the following dates:

February 9th – “Updates on DACA status travel bans, & more” with Sundrop Carter, director of the Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition;

February 23rd – “Changes in US Immigration Policies from 1965 through Today.” Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.,will be the presenter. Dr. Kiester teaches Sociology at Albright College.

March 9th: Judith Bernstein Baker, Esq., will talk about “Detention of Migrant Children at the Border,” and Sara Patschke, Director of Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, will discuss “Reuniting Migrant Children with Family.”

March 23rd – “College Affordability for Undocumented Students” is the topic to be discussed by Dr. Tanya Garcia. Pennsylvania’s Acting Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Postsecondary & Higher Education.

The series will wrap up on April 20th with findings from a research project conducted by Jennifer Vasquez, a Political Science student at Albright, on “Immigration Status Challenges for Communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.”

Registration for the individual webinars, or for the full series, may be done online at

There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to contribute to the GRIP Scholarship Fund through the Berks County Community Foundation.

For information about GRIP visit

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