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Thought leaders to discuss the state of immigration reform at Aurora University

Posted by on March 11, 2016

Aurora University Town Square Series event moderated by Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune chief political reporter

Aurora University will host “Immigration Reform in the Land of Opportunity,” part of its ongoing Town Square Series, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 7:30–9:00 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at 1347 Prairie St. in Aurora. During the event, panelists will provide updates on the status of immigration reform at the local, state and national levels. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public.

“Our successful first Town Square Series event in the fall brought together public servants to discuss critical issues affecting the state,” said Tom Cross, former Illinois House Republican leader and current distinguished fellow at Aurora University. “Now we bring together thought leaders in the fields of business, education, health care and public policy to share their perspectives on immigration reform. I look forward to welcoming community members to the university and hearing from these respected experts.”

Panelists include:

Clarisol Duque, Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin, Chicago Office

Juliana Kerr, Director, Global Cities and Immigration, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Andrea Kovach, Senior Attorney, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Rebecca Shi, Executive Director, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition

Matthew Soerens, U.S. Church Training Specialist, World Relief

The panelists will discuss a variety of topics, including demographics, health care coverage, the response of the faith-based community, legislation and temporary visitor driver’s licenses. Rick Pearson, will return to Aurora University in his role as moderator. In addition to his work with the Chicago Tribune, Pearson is host of “The Sunday Spin” on WGN-AM and a contributor to WGN-TV.

“Community members interested in accurate and research-based information will want to attend this presentation,” said Eva Serrano, Aurora University Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Latino Studies and Director of Latino Initiatives. “This Town Square Series topic is of particular interest to me as I see the positive impact that students of immigrant backgrounds make through their drive and desire to earn an undergraduate degree and give back to their local communities.”

To register for this event, visit, email or call 630-844-4924.


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