CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Alejandra Silva Hernández spent most of her childhood freely running through her grandmother’s village in Oaxaca, Mexico before coming to live in Vancouver, Washington. She graduated from high school and attended community college, then WSU-Vancouver, before earning enough scholarships to attend the University of Washington, where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology. This was one of her proudest achievements, not only because of the rigor of her program of study, but because she was one of the few women of color to complete it.
She has worked as a research assistant for a cancer research lab at OHSU and is currently working for the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington as a project coordinator while taking classes to prepare to reapply to medical school.
Alejandra Silva Hernandez
Mission: Educate & Empower
Our mission is to provide a safe space for undocumented students, parents, and educators to have an open dialogue about the issues that our community is facing.
Goals: Educational Justice & Collective Liberation
Our goals are to provide awareness, to educate our community of legislation, to provide beneficial resources and to empower students.
How do we do this?
The Beyond HB 1079 Conference is the only conference of its’ kind in the state of Washington that brings together educators, students, and parents to one space.
Each year we have keynote speakers that connect with youth through storytelling and inspiring action.
We bring expert presenters to cover many different topics including applying to college as an undocumented student, know your rights presentations, advocating for yourself and more!.
In the lunch hour, we provide a resource fair consisting of colleges and university, non-profit organizations, and community advocate businesses.
Ready to help?
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Future of Beyond HB 1079
The Beyond HB 1079 Conference began in early 2012 as the first conference in the State of Washington to focus on identifying and offering resources to undocumented students, planned by students and supported by important advocates and allies at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. The conference in essence was build to provide a safe space for dialogue among undocumented students, family members, educators, and allies.
In the wake of tragedies affecting undocumented families and in the presence of a racism coated by false narratives, our undocumented immigrants are hurting more than ever. There is fear that is felt deep in the bones of our families, who once believed in seeking refuge in the “American Dream.” It is not without saying that history repeats itself and as individuals we become complacent through silence.
Despite all the challenges and the walls that individuals try to put up for our communities we are tearing them down. Our Education is our Liberation. We will not give up! We are Undocumented, Unashamed, and Unafraid.
Our vision of Beyond HB 1079 includes the transition to a community-based organization that will continue to uphold our mission of providing a safe space for students, in addition to supporting initiatives for undocumented families in Washington State. The founder of the Beyond HB 1079, Yuriana Garcia, will step in the role of Director to lead vision along with undocumented advocates and professionals.
We invite you to join us at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA on Saturday, October 5, 2019 for the 7th Annual Beyond HB 1079 Conference.