Our talks focus on the importance of immigration reform and the challenges facing undocumented youth. If you are interested in having us speak at your school, please contact us via the contact form.
RISERS @ CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT
OCTOBER 16, 2016
Andy Fernandez and RISERS lead the round table discussion "Engagement and Alliance-building in the Undocumented Youth Movement".
RISERS @ UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
MARCH 24, 2016
Professor El-Kahwash invited us to screen the film to his "Diversity in the United States" undergraduate class. The screening was followed by a Q&A with students.
RISERS @ AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
OCTOBER 12, 2015
Professor Ludy Grandas invited us to screen the film to her graduate seminar class "Hispanos en los Estados Unidos". The seminar covers issues of identity, transnationalism, migration, and labor. Thank you to Professor Grandas and all the students who participated.
RISERS @ SPELLIGENT'S ELL INSTITUTE
AUGUST 3, 2015
On Monday August 3rd, RISERS co-lead Brenda Perez spoke at the ELL Institute hosted by SpELLigent™. The event centered around a series of sessions with topics such as, policy and legal issues for English language learners (ELLs); innovative instructional strategies; accessing the rigor of the common core; and family engagement.
Brenda Perez was asked to give opening remarks during the session "Framing the Conversation: The What, The Why and The How".
RISERS @ NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY
JUNE 30, 2015
Gerson and Brenda were invited to speak to a class instructed by Professor Francisco Aragon, Notre Dame University. 4 Notre Dame students participated in the "reflection session". The students were in DC as part of a summer program. The discussion focused on Brenda and Gerson's journey to the UNited States, and how their undocumented status has not stopped them from achieving their goals.
RISERS @ MARET SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Gerson and Brenda give a talk to Eliza Alexander's 11th grade AP Spanish class. The talk focused on immigration reform and what it means to be an activist.
RISERS @ CARDOZO HIGH SCHOOL
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
A presentation to professor Cosby Hunt's "Real World History" class. The students are from different DCPS schools and are learning about the Great Migration, the movement of 6 million African Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West. The concept was to make connections between these migrations of the first half of the 20th century and what is happening today with immigration.
RISERS @ MARET SCHOOL
OCTOBER 28, 2014
A presentation to Lynn Levinson's 12th grade Civil Liberties class.
RISERS @ EDMUND BURKE SCHOOL
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
Brenda, Douglas and Gerson described what it was like to migrate to the United States, how DACA has made a positive impact on their lives, and what they are doing today to strengthen their community. After the assembly, Brenda and Andy spoke to an activism class and Gerson and Douglas spoke to an AP spanish class.
RISERS is a short film and photography series by director Andy Fernandez. The son of Bolivian immigrants, he decided to focus on immigration reform after attending a reform rally in October 2013. In addition to RISERS, he has two works-in-progress, both focus on minority youth culture in Washington, DC.
RISERS PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM BY ANDY FERNANDEZ