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Belonging: Undocumented and American

  • Xavier University - Cintas Center 1624 Herald Avenue Cincinnati, OH, 45207 United States (map)

On November 15th, IJPC will host Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. His keynote address will cap IJPC’s annual gathering. During the night we will celebrate the work of local peace makers through honoring them with the IJPC Margaret Fuller Peace Award and the IJPC Bob Maxwell Peace Builder Award as well as share updates about the successes and struggles of the previous year on the front lines of social justice in Cincinnati.

Tickets on sale in September!

Help support Belonging: Undocumented and American

Sponsorships for the night exist at a variety of financial commitments and help us ensure we reach the broadest audience as we bring in this international speaker. Your organization/business’ involvement is necessary to create a culture of belonging for all people in Cincinnati.

Who is Jose Antonio Vargas? 

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. He is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, to be released by HarperCollins on September 18, 2018.

In 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants in a follow-up cover story. He then produced and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. Broadcasted on CNN and streamed on Netflix, the film received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. In 2015, MTV aired White People, an Emmy-nominated television special he produced and directed on what in means to be young and white in a demographically changing America.

A product of the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a proud graduate of San Francisco State University (’04), where he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and Mount View High School (’00).