‘Immigrant Stories’ to be presented

IUPUC will present “In the Shadows: Immigrant Stories” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Columbus Learning Center. It will be held in The Landing at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

Yamileth Martinez, an IUPUC School of Education senior, will share her Office of Student Research project through art and stories of experiences of immigrants who arrived to the region undocumented. She aims to better understand how discrimination against national origin, language, and citizenship status are perpetuated through immigration policies.

“Many immigrants live in fear, drive in fear, work in fear. They hide in the shadows,” Martinez said. “They’ve come here to live their dreams but many encounter bumps and barriers, which others in the community often don’t see.”

“In the Shadows” features six immigration stories (under alias names), as well as well as Martinez’s own story. A’ame Joslin, Ph.D., IUPUC education professor, is Martinez’s faculty mentor.

To learn more about “In the Shadows,” visit go.iu.edu/4MWQ.

The event will feature artwork from Alejandra “El Rallonadero” Carrilo and authentic Mexican food from Morales Antojitos.

“In the Shadows” is one of 13 projects that will be presented from 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 11 as part of IUPUC’s annual Office of Student Research (OSR) Exhibition. Each student-faculty team received a $1,000 grant from the OSR to fund their project.

Earlier this year, Yamileth Martinez won IU’s Building Bridges Award for this project and other work in anti-racism. As part of the award, IUPUC received a $500 grant for the Latino-American Organization of Volunteers in Education (LOVE) for continued outreach and work in the community.