Social Justice Month
Signature event

The SCSU Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program presents

Enrique's Journey and America's Immigration Dilemma

The Increasingly Visible Issue of Unaccompanied Minors from Central America at the U.S. Border

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will lead a social justice conversation on the effects of immigration and familial separation on families.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Adanti Student Center Ballroom
Southern Connecticut State University
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With Special Guest:

Sonia Nazario

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother

Sonia Nazario

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Event is free. All are welcome.

About Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems — hunger, drug addiction, immigration — and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes.

She is best known for Enrique’s Journey, her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, Enrique’s Journey won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller.

Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights. She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 Golden Door award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2016, the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award. Also in 2016, the Houston Peace & Justice Center honored her with their National Peacemaker Award.

Nazario has written extensively about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.” In 2018, she was given the Spirit of HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Award.

A graduate of Williams College, she has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times.

Enrique's Journey book cover

More by Nazario

Media views of the Immigration Crisis

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The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor

The SCSU Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program promotes interdisciplinary study of the region and engages the campus community in broadening its cultural, economic, geographical, historical, political, and social understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean through curriculum, cultural activities and scholarship. Learn about the Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor.

Bookmaking Project

This semester, four faculty members from three disciplines (Education, History and Social Work) are working with Arts and Special Collections Librarian Tina Re to help their students assemble unique handmade artist books based on Sonia Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Enrique’s Journey. Through text and image, students are being asked to explore the plight of the people affected by contemporary U.S. immigration policies, the historic implications of U.S.-Latin American relations in the 20th century, and their reactions to the major themes in the book, Enrique’s Journey. Pages from some of these student books will be selected and combined to produce a large artist book that will be presented to Sonia Nazario during her visit to Southern’s campus on Wednesday, November 13th.

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Event Planning Committee

Lisa Bier, Dian Brown Albert, Carmen Coury, Patrick Dilger, William Faraclas, Nicole Henderson, Katie de Oliveira, Luisa Piemontese, Loida Reyes, Cindy Simoneau, Tina Re, Eric Simms

Honorary Chair

Dr. Bruce Kalk, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences


Sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program and the Offices of the President, Provost and Dean of Arts & Sciences, Student Affairs, the Social Justice Committee, the Multicultural Center, the First-Year Experience Program, Integrated Communications & Marketing, the DREAMERs Action Alliance, the SCSU Student Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Departments of History, Journalism, Political Science, Public Health, Social Work, and World Languages and Literatures, Buley Library, the Adanti Student Center, the SCSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists.