Reframe & Refresh: Expanding Approaches to Teaching Immigration & Migration

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Join this discussion on ways to more effectively educate others on issues of immigration & migration using film and other approaches.

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REFRAME AND REFRESH is a new series for the education and filmmaking community to have refreshing conversations that reframe our perspectives. Come engage, bring your questions and share resources during this "Reframe and Refresh" time.

During this conversation with our panelists, DR. ALESSANDRA BAZO VIENRICH (Sociology Professor, Worcester State University), ADAM STROM (Executive Director, Re-imagining Migration), and DR. JAMES ZARSADIAZ (History Professor, University of San Francisco), we'll discuss among other things related to immigration and migration:

  • Approaches to being more inclusive of various immigrant groups and looking for points of intersection between communities
  • Using film and other media as teaching tools to humanize the topic of immigration and migration
  • How to better integrate immigration and migration into other subjects

Register free to receive a private link to the Zoom session with panelists. You will receive the link to join the day before the event. Auto-captions will be available.

This event is sponsored by New Day Films.


ALESSANDRA BAZO VIENRICH, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Worcester State University, where she teaches courses on immigration, education, and social problems. She is also a first-generation college graduate and a formerly undocumented and DACA student. As a sociologist of immigration, race, and ethnicity, she explores how legal status and experiences with racialization shape the lives of Latinx immigrants across different local contexts. In her current projects she focuses on undocumented youth-turned-young-adults and how experiences with institutions, policies, and practices in their communities impact their sense of belonging and exclusion as they navigate the high school to college pipeline. In her current book project, Conditioned to DREAM: Undocumented Immigrants’ Road to Inclusion Through Education, currently under contract at the University of North Carolina Press, she traces the educational experiences of Latinx undocumented immigrants ages 18-30 living in Massachusetts and North Carolina during the years following the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Dr. Bazo Vienrich's research has been funded by Lehigh University, The University of Massachusetts Boston, Worcester State University, and the Worcester State Foundation. She has published her work in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Sociology Compass, and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. She is an ICQCM William T. Grant Foundation Scholar and the 2020 recipient of the James E. Blackwell Prize for rigorous scholarship and research on minority populations.

ADAM STROM is the Executive Director of Re-Imagining Migration, a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the education and well-being of immigrant-origin youth, decrease bias and hatred against young people of diverse origins, and help rising generations develop the understanding and habits of heart and mind that are necessary to build and sustain welcoming and inclusive communities. Before helping to found Re-Imagining Migration, Strom was a long-time member of the senior leadership team at Facing History and Ourselves where he led the content development team.

The educational resources developed under Strom’s direction have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms and experienced by millions of students around the world including over numerous resource books, study guides and films on identity and prejudice, the Holocaust and Genocide as well as Civil and Human Rights.

JAMES ZARSADIAZ is Associate Professor of History at University of San Francisco and serves as Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. His research and teaching interests include urban and suburban studies, California and the U.S. West, Asian American history, and the twentieth-century United States. He received a PhD and an MA in History from Northwestern University, and a BA in American Studies and Political Science from George Washington University. Prof. Zarsadiaz was a fellow at both the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and Asian Pacific American Center.

His first research article, "Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley since 1970," (co-authored with Becky Nicolaides) was published in the Journal of Urban History (2015). The article won the Urban History Association's Arnold Hirsch Award and the Vernacular Architecture Forum's Catherine W. Bishir Prize. Prof. Zarsadiaz's most recent article, "Raising Hell in the Heartland: Filipino Chicago and the Anti-Martial Law Movement, 1972- 1986," was published in American Studies (2017) and his most recent article, “Methodists against Martial Law: Filipino Chicagoans and the Church’s Role in a Global Crusade,” will be published in November 2021 for a special issue of Alon: Journal for Filipinx American and Diasporic Studies.

Along with research articles, Prof. Zarsadiaz has also written articles and op-eds for City Lab, National Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post. He has done live interviews on BBC, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, and Southern California Public Radio regarding current affairs and his research. Prof. Zarsadiaz is working on a book about Asian American settlement and suburban development in Los Angeles' East San Gabriel Valley.

Moderated by LARISSA LAM, New Day Films. Lam is the director of the documentary, Far East Deep South, about Chinese immigrants in the segregated South, which aired on the World Channel/PBS series,"America ReFramed."


New Day Films is a unique, filmmaker-run distribution cooperative, providing award-winning films to educators, community groups, government agencies, public libraries and businesses since 1971. Democratically run by more than 150 filmmaker members, New Day is committed to reflecting greater diversity, representation and inclusion. It is celebrating 50 years of delivering dynamic and provocative storytelling with filmmakers who have won Oscars, Emmys and hundreds of film festival awards. New Day films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and other media outlets.

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