Students in Nancy Hiemstra’s Focus on Boston: Immigration and Public Policy class recently visited the “Dreams of Freedom” immigration exhibit on display at the Prudential Center’s Skywalk Observatory. The students, who will spend two months serving at local organizations to see immigration policies and issues manifest in real life, spent time engaging with the displays. They looked at trunks of immigrants who passed into the country almost 100 years ago and tested their American history and government knowledge to see if they could pass the citizenship test. They also listened to the stories of immigrants and the debates on policy at the Whispering Wall and watched a rap video highlighting the restrictions to enter this country. The visit gave them an extensive look into immigration, preparing them for their community engagement during the next few months.
Students in IN123 Boston in Focus: Immigration and Public Policy will serve with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, ¿Oíste?, The Coalition for New American Voters, The International Institute of New England, Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peters, and The Irish International immigration Center (IIIC).
IN123 – Boston in Focus: Immigration and Public Policy is offered by Nancy Hiemstra through the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.