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Near-home “cross-culturals” prove to be life-changing too

For most EMU undergrads, cross-cultural study entails deepening their knowledge of humanity in such settings as South Korea, Eastern Europe or the Galapagos. Yet others find equally life-changing experiences in their own backyards. Since 2001, EMU has offered the “local context cross-cultural” program for students whose work and/or fami ...More

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Outstanding Young Alum: Castillo Campaigns for Immigration Reform

Still in her 20s, Isabel Castillo ’07 is already a nationally recognized leader of the immigration-law reform movement in the United States. She was the commencement speaker at the University of San Francisco, was called one of “the 21 brave thinkers of 2011” by Atlantic magazine, and wa ...More

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Castillo Sees Movement Toward Easing Immigrants’ Plight

After a June 2012 announcement by President Obama to grant “deferred action” to undocumented youth, Isabel Castillo ‘07 applied for authorization to work and live legally in the United States for the first time in her life. She also began assisting many others with similar applications. Nevertheless, Castillo, a national leader in advocating for immigration-law reform, says “defe ...More

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EMU Opens Convocation “Like No Other”

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) President Loren Swartzendruber called students, faculty and staff to be “like no other,” as a Christian university and as servant leaders, to the standing-room only crowd in Lehman Auditorium during opening convocation Wednesday, Aug. 29. “The story of the Good Samaritan reminds us that those ...More

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Castillo Spotlighted in The Atlantic Magazine

Isabel Castillo, who holds a ’07 degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), is recognized in the November issue of The Atlantic as one of the “21 brave thinkers of 2011.” Castillo’s life was summarized in magazine by Jose Antonio Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter who identified himself as an undocumented immigrant to the United States, ...More

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National Spotlight on EMU Grad Isabel Castillo

Isabel Castillo ’07 has become a nationally recognized spokesperson for the plight of undocumented young people in the United States. Castillo was featured in a Feb. 20, 2011, New York Times article, “Dream Act Advocate Turns Failure into Hope.” This publicity led Jesuit-run U ...More

EMU Alum Isabel Castillo: Giving the DREAM a Push

A local immigrant rights activist and 2007 EMU alum returned to Harrisonburg late Wednesday following a trip to D.C., where she was arrested during a demonstration on Capitol Hill. Read more… ...More