The Greater Reading Immigration Project will hold the final three virtual lectures of its 2021 Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 9th, Tuesday, March 23rd and Tuesday, April 20th. Each will begin at 7 PM.
On March 9th Attorney Judith Bernstein Baker and Sara Patschke, Director of Bethany Children’s Home, will address the topic of Migrant Children at the Border and Reuniting Migrant Children with Families.
Pennsylvania State Senator Judith L. Schwank, who is sponsoring the Pennsylvania Dream Act, Acting Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Postsecondary and Higher Education Dr. Tanya Garcia, and William Lindsay, School Service Manager for PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) will discuss College Affordability for Undocumented Students on March 23rd.
The final lecture in the series, on April 20th, will be Immigration Status Challenges for Communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Elizabeth Kiester, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Albright College, and Albright student Jenifer Vasquez will discuss this topic, from the perspectives of educator and student.
There is no registration fee for the series but donations to the GRIP Scholarship are encouraged. Donations to the fund may be made through the Berks County Community Foundation. To register for the series, visit www.readinggrip.or , or bit.ly/2021series.
GRIP is a coalition of community volunteers who work to raise awareness about immigration issues in Berks County through education, communication and advocacy. The primary focus of the non-profit organization is to educate the community on issues that area youth and their families face in continuing their education, finding paths to citizenship and safely becoming productive and contributing members of the community.