Panel of Speakers
Smith School for Social Work will lead panel discussion. Speakers to be confirmed.
Maria del Mar Farina
Maria del Mar Farina, PhD is the Assistant Director of Field Education as well as Adjunct Professor, at Smith College, School for Social Work. Her research work and area of study pertains to policy analysis and social justice, with a special focus on American immigration policy reforms, immigrant integration and the impact of contemporary White Nativist, anti-immigration discourses on Latino children; particularly children living in mixed status, immigrant families. Some of her most recent academic publications include, White Nativism, Ethnic Identity and U.S. Immigration Policy Reforms: American Citizenship and Children in Mixed Status Hispanic Families, book published in 2017; and, Mixed-status families and immigration interior enforcement policies: Effects on clinical practice and the intraethnic therapeutic dyad.
Dalila Hyry-Dermith was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Trained as a teacher and a social worker, she was involved in national liberation efforts in Central America through the mid-1980s. In 1986, conditions led to her needing to move from Mexico City, where she was living at the time, to Massachusetts with her 45-day-old son. In the US she has worked in addiction counseling, HIV prevention and education, and support for families with seriously ill children, as well as being part of a wide variety of community organizations and projects, focused always on communities of color in general and Latinos in particular. She lives in Holyoke and remains deeply connected to her family in Honduras.
Jorge Antonio Renaud is seeking suggestions as to what color scheme he should paint the ankle monitor the Massachusetts Parole Board ordered he wear after moving from Texas, 10 monitor-free years after being paroled from prison for robbery. He organizes communities of people whose lives have been disrupted by the criminal justice and immigration systems, working to amplify their experiences into levers that will wedge open borders and slam cages closed. He is a poet and essayist, and at the moment he analyzes criminal justice policy at the Prison Policy Initiative. He has degrees from University of Texas, Austin.
Andrea Schmid is a community organizer at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center where she focuses on immigrant rights and building power among farm workers, construction workers, and day laborers in Springfield.
Natali Rauseo-Ricupero is a Master of Social Work student at Smith College School for Social Work and will be moderating the panel. She is a Student Representative of Smith SSW Anti-Racism Consultation Committee.