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“The Precarity of Inclusion and (Be)longing: The Experiences of Immigrant, Refugee, and Asylum-Seeking Youth in Schools” Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series
The Lynn D. and John L. Kreischer TELL Scholars Lecture

Valentina Migliarini, Aly Wane, and Janet Flores

Urban schools are experiencing increasing numbers of students from immigrant & refugee backgrounds. Students of color, those with disabilities, and English language learners are all at an increased risk in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline. Academically these students are also at a disadvantage because of low teacher expectations, ability tracking, educational barriers, segregated educational placements, and anti-immigrant bias. This panel presentation will explore how schools can better support immigrant, refugee, & asylum seeking youth & their families.


  • Valentina Astral Migliarini, Ph.D., is currently a Fulbright Schuman Visiting Scholar at the University of Kansas. Migliarini’s scholarly work focuses on social justice and inclusive education and the limits of inclusion/integration as experienced by students who are multiply situated in terms of race, disability, and migration status.
  • Aly Wane is a community organizer with the Syracuse Peace Council, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Undocumented and Black Network, and Black Lives Matter Syracuse. Originally from Senegal, he studied at University of Pennsylvania and LeMoyne College. His work focuses on migrants’ rights, racial justice, and economic justice.
  • Janet B. Flores, A.S., A.A., International Studies, Honors Scholar, is a B.A. student of Geography in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University. Off campus, she has co-coordinated the Rapid Response Network with the Workers’ Center of Central New York and is currently collaborating with community members to establish a farmworker-owned food cooperative in Syracuse, NY. A first-generation Mexican-American, her public advocacy drives forward social justice and decolonization.

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available for the event. Parking available in the University Avenue garage. Please contact us with requests for accessibility and accommodations.


Thursday, October 19, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
College Place
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States


Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series