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Final Reflection

May 22nd, 2011 by Sarah Bolinger · No Comments · Uncategorized

This class has been a really great experience, because of the combination of teaching and discussion, because of the great people in the class, and because the topic is one that is fascinating to me and also very, very pertinent to the state of the US today. In our final class we made a long list of the reasons people give for being anti-immigration, and then made a parallel list of responses. A lot of the things people say are just blatantly untrue, and so knowing the facts is very important. The arguments that are more sentimental are harder to respond to, We did a good exercise where we broke into pairs, with each pair assigned a different person (an Oberlin student, a fellow activist on a different cause, a nativist), and we brainstormed how we would try to interact with that person about immigration issues.

I have always wanted to learn more about immigration law, and this class has been a good way to at least familiarize myself with the basics. The information I’ve learned can be used in a lot of the activism I do surrounding food issues.

The teaching component was great, and even though we only got to teach three classes, I loved meeting the workers and chatting with them, and I loved teaching as well. I hope to continue it next semester.


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