New Copernican Empowerment Dialogues


Giving DACA a Human Face

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Jammin’ Java @ Walton Hall
Eastern University
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Public policy issues are most often dealt with as disembodied abstractions. Proponents for or against certain policies often have little empathy for the human cost or experience. This salon will seek to give DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) a human face where we discuss the experience of being a “Dreamer” with Vanessa Upegui, a DACA recipient from Medellín, Colombia. She came to the United States at age eleven. She went back to Colombia this year for the first time twenty years later. This salon will be the opportunity to put a human face to a public policy dilemma and have an informed discussion with a DACA/immigration activist.

The purpose of ESA’s New Copernican Empowerment Dialogues is to foster and accelerate a generational transfer of leadership from boomers to millennials.  These are conversations designed to empower emerging millennial leaders with the vocabulary, perspective, and respect they need to assume national institutional leadership in the next 20 years.

It is our belief that most of what is being said in the national media about millennials is both pejorative and wrong. The purpose of these dialogues is to correct this wrong. This project will involve developing fresh content, sponsoring university-based salons, and creating a national community around the New Copernican thesis. This project is being coordinated by social impact consultant and scholar John Seel.

Previous speakers in this series include “Science Mike” McHargue on “Giving Doubt a Voice” (September 2016) and his new book, Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science; and Christopher West on “The Why of Sex: Sex & Spirituality” (March 2017), where West led an interactive discussion on the connection between our sexuality and our spirituality.

Learn more about New Copernicans by watching this video series produced by the Windrider Institute.