The goal of the Collegiate Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIR) conference is to bring together college students, organizations, activists, scholars, and other members of the national pro-immigrant rights community to rally, share strategies, and empower ourselves in our fight to achieving comprehensive and humanitarian immigration reform and extending immigrant rights in the United States. 

Davidson College-

Davidson College is a private liberal arts college in Davidson, NC, founded in 1837. In 2007 it became the first liberal arts college to eliminate loans in financial aid packages. Students abide by an honor code, which allows them to take at-home tests and un-proctored exams. Davidson offers nearly 30 undergraduate majors, more than 25 minors including 15 interdisciplinary minors, and five pre-professional programs. More than three-quarters of students study abroad in more than 100 programs. Davidson has 200 student clubs and organizations including 14 fraternities, eating houses and sororities that 63% of female and 45% of male students participate in. Its 21 teams compete in NCAA Division I. More than three-quarters of students participate in intramural sports. Alumni include President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, and former Secretary of State Dean Rusk. NBA all-star Stephen Curry attended Davidson for three years.

Meet Davidson College CAIR Conference friendly faces-

Itziri Gonzalez-Barcenas

Itziri is a current senior at Davidson majoring in Africana Studies and Political Science. She is a first-generation, undocumented college student from Aguascalientes, Mexico. Upon graduation, she is going to do the College Advising Corps for a year before going back to school.

Leslie Vergara

This is Leslie’s second year at Davidson College. She’s from Houston, Texas and identifies as Mexican. She is planning on majoring in Latin American Studies with a minor in Educational Studies. She loves to travel, do service work, drink some café con leche, and spend time with loved ones! She cannot wait until the conference starts to shatter current notions of immigration and make the conversations more inclusive. And of course, to meet new people!

Cynthia Rodriguez

Cynthia Rodriguez is a third year majoring in Anthropology and Educational Studies at Davidson College. She is from Chicago, Illinois and is of Mexican descent. Throughout her time at Davidson, she has traveled abroad to Ghana and Perú and enjoys being with friends and writing in her free time. Cynthia is a friendly face on campus and is always willing to help. She is excited to host everyone and to facilitate a community and space of validation, intersectionality, narratives, and opportunities! 

Uyen Nguyen

Yara Quezada Marino

Yara is a sophomore hoping to major in Public Health and Africana studies. She is excited about being a part of conversations that involved the nuanced and less talked about parts of immigration.

Alan Morales Loyola

Alan is a second-year student at Davidson College looking to study Economics and Latin American Studies. He volunteers as an interpreter at a local free clinic and is on the Division 1 men’s soccer team at the college. He is looking forward to the conference and the inclusive conversations.

Tony Solís Cruz

Tony is a future teacher and current senior at Davidson majoring in Educational Studies and Public Policy. He volunteers as a Spanish teacher at a local school, with a bilingual story time in the public library and at a resource center on campus. He is so excited for the conference this year and its focus on inclusivity to debunk the Latinx-centric immigration conversation today. 

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