Moving the World Forward: Exploring a Future in Public Service

Dear colleagues,

I am thrilled that this is the third year that the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) will host Moving the World Forward: Exploring a Future in Public Service, a conference created by the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) program in partnership with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). PPIA aims to promote the inclusion of underrepresented groups in public service. This nationally competitive conference will provide 80 high-achieving, diverse undergraduate students from across the country with a four-day trip to SPEA to explore graduate studies and career opportunities in public service. You can read more about the conference here. This year, the conference will be held from October 20-23 and we have a wonderful program planned for our conferees. 

I invite you to attend the conference’s two keynote addresses, made possible with generous support from the Office of the Provost and with cosponsorship from the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. Both talks will be followed by an audience Q&A.



Outmaneuvering the Giant: 

How One Undocumented Woman Revolutionized Immigration Reform

10:00 am // Friday, October 21

Whittenberger Auditorium

Maria Gabriela (“Gaby”) Pacheco is a nationally recognized immigrant rights leader. In 1993, at the age of eight, Pacheco immigrated to the United States with her family from Guayaquil, Ecuador. They arrived with tourist visas and were unable to secure legal resident status. She gained national recognition in 2004 for her advocacy of the DREAM Act and immigration reform. In 2005, she co-started a Florida-based immigrant youth group advocating for in-state tuition for undocumented students. In 2006, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) targeted her and in an early morning raid detained her family. In 2010, with three other undocumented students, they led the Trail of Dreams, a four-month walk from Miami to Washington, DC to call attention to the plight of immigrant under the threat of deportation and the need for immigration reform. In 2012, as political director for United We Dream, she spearheaded the efforts that led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On April 22, 2013, Pacheco became the first undocumented Latina to testify in front of Congress, speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the urgent need for immigration reform. Pacheco was recently named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30: Education in 2015 and has also been recognized as one of 40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics. 



The Roots of Our Racial Crises: 

How Our Government Segregated the Nation

2:30 pm // Friday, October 21

Whittenberger Auditorium

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). His recent work has documented the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, The Making of Ferguson. He is the author of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (2008) and Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (2004). His forthcoming book on the segregation of America, The Color of Law, can now be pre-ordered.

Many thanks,



Ashlyn Aiko Nelson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University – Bloomington