The Dream Machine: The Journey from Undocumented to Deported

FRI, MAR 9, 2018

Dan-El Padilla Peralta shares the story of his own American dream. Arriving in the US from the Dominican Republic at the age of four, he lived in a NYC homeless shelter as an undocumented immigrant before eventually graduating from an Ivy league school at the top of his class. Dan-el received his MPhil from the University of Oxford and his PhD in classics from Stanford University. In addition to his successful academic career, Padilla Peralta is an activist on immigration issues and will speak about the implications of the DACA decision not just for immigrants, but for all Americans.

Photo credit: Citizens' Committee for Children of New York

+ BIO: Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Dan-el Padilla Peralta is the 2006 Latin salutatorian of Princeton University. An undocumented immigrant from the Dominican Republic, he rose from poverty and homelessness to show promise, according to one faculty member, as "one of the best classicists to emerge in his generation" (Jordan 2006).

Photo credit: Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau

+ BIO: Emmanuel Lusardi

Emmanuel "Manny" Lusardi is a liaison for immigrant affairs to the office of vice mayor Marc McGovern.

+ BIO: Geeta Pradhan

Geeta Pradhan is Director of the New Economy Initiative at the Boston Foundation and co-developer of the Boston Indicators Project. She co-authored the 2000 and 2002 Boston Indicators reports, The Wisdom of Our Choices and Creativity and Innovation: A Bridge to the Future.

At the Boston Foundation, Geeta also developed and launched The New Economy Initiative a special five year effort that uses networking, constituency building and grant making to reduce the digital divide and to empower young people, adults and nonprofit organizations to compete effectively in the 21st century.

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