Academic & Creative Excellence Festival

The 2020 ACE Festival Welcomes Isabel Castillo

Don’t miss the ACE Festival keynote presentation featuring Isabel Castillo, at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15 in Lehman Auditorium. Talk-back sessions will follow in the West Dining Room - come for lunchtime conversation from 11:15 to 12:15 or 12:20-1:20 pm.  

Isabel Castillo, ACE festival speakerWho is Isabel Castillo?

Isabel Castillo is a “DACAmented” immigrant from Mexico. Since 2009 Isabel has organized to change the conditions of living in the U.S. as undocumented immigrants. With the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, Isabel planned rallies, organized a march on Washington DC, and staged a non-violent sit-in at the then U.S. Senate Majority Leader’s office to demand passage of the DREAM Act. In May 2011, the University of San Francisco awarded an honorary doctorate degree to Isabel for her unwavering organizing and advocacy.

After 28 years of living in the U.S., Isabel continues to work for a world where communities are empowered to make decisions in society and to speak for themselves. She believes in restorative justice embedded in anti-oppression and brings that practice to her work every day in Virginia. Isabel is a community organizer with a grassroots non-partisan statewide organization called Virginia Organizing and holds a Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. When she’s not building power with community she’s spending time with her family and playing soccer. 

 

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