Immigrant Awareness Week

Immigrant Awareness Week 2024

The Center for Belonging and Social Change hosts Immigrant Awareness Week at OSU. It is a weeklong event that aims to acknowledge immigration that aims to acknowledge immigration, by providing resources, workshops, round table discussions, speaker events, and social events, with the goal of educating and bringing together the Buckeye community.  

Immigrant Awareness Week is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of immigrants to society, raising awareness about immigrant experiences, and promoting understanding and inclusivity. 

For more information about this week, please contact Indra Leyva Cook.

This year’s events are as follows: 

Monday, January 22, 2024
“Resources Round-up: Navigating the Immigrant Student Toolkit” 
6:00 PM

Embarking on the college experience comes with its unique set of challenges and opportunities. Our “Navigating the Immigrant Student Toolkit” Resource Round-up is designed to empower and guide students through the various resources and opportunities offered at Ohio State.  

Join us for an informative and interactive round-up session where experts and community leaders come together to provide valuable insights and support on your student journey. We will have representatives from Student Legal Services, the Office of International Affairs’ Global Education, and the Office of Academic Affairs’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  Register for this session here.


Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Movie “Home is Somewhere Else”
7: 00 PM 
Alonso Family Room 

Join the Center for Belonging and Social Change and watch an animated feature documentary providing a window into the hearts and minds of immigrant youth and their undocumented families.  

This 2D feature “animentary” features three personal stories about immigrant youth to highlight the complexities and challenges they face today. Voiced by the actual children and their families, the stories are woven together by spoken word poet Lalo “El Deportee”, the film’s host and MC whose vibrant “Spanglish” breaks codes, switches standards, and pushes the viewer to decipher his poems. 

Each story has its own unique visual animation style drawn by three different teams. The animation allows us to truly see and feel these characters’ worst nightmares, alongside their colorful hopes and dreams for a better future.   


Wednesday, January 24, 2024
“Cultural Crossroads: A Roundtable Dialogue on Diverse Immigrant Experiences”  
Ohio Stater Room
2:00PM – 3:00PM 

Step into a space of shared stories and diverse voices at our “Cultural Crosswords: A Roundtable Dialogue on Diverse Immigrant Experiences’. This event invites you to join a compassionate conversation about immigrants' obstacles and unique journeys. Be part of an enriching experience where diverse perspectives converge to illuminate the mosaic of immigrant experiences. Your voice matters; together, we can build bridges of empathy and appreciation.  Event by USG in collaboration with SCOPE


Wednesday, January 24, 2024 
"United Voices: Empowering Our Immigration Allies Workshop”
5:15 PM- 6:15 PM 
Ohio Stater Room 

Join USG and SCOPE for an empowering immigration ally workshop where we’ll delve into understanding, supporting, and advocating for immigrant communities. This interactive session will include informative discussions and personal stories. Let’s stand united in building bridges and amplifying the voices of our immigrant neighbors. Open to everyone committed to creating positive change! 

Thursday, January 25, 2024
“Voices of Victory: Celebrating Success in the Immigrant Community”
7:00 PM
Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room 

Dive into the narratives of achievement with our Successful Immigrant Panel event. Hear firsthand from accomplished individuals who have navigated challenges to achieve success in various fields. Gain valuable insights, be inspired, and join us in recognizing the incredible contributions immigrants make to our communities. Event by USG in collaboration with SCOPE


Friday, January 26, 2024
“Art Beyond Borders: Painting the Immigrant Experience”
6:00 PM
Alonso Family Room 

Join us for ‘Art Beyond Borders: Painting the Immigrant Experience,’ and evocative event where creativity knows no boundaries. Delve into the vibrant hues of diverse narratives as we paint a collective canvas of the immigrant experience. Guided by a skilled artist, you’ll express beauty, challenges, and triumphs through your artwork. Limited spots available for this event, make sure to register to reserve a spot.