March 18, 2021

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee hosted a presentation by Dr. William Lopez on immigration enforcement

William Lopez, PhD, MPH

Dr. William Lopez, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, gave an online presentation on the impact of immigration enforcement on mixed-status Latino communities. In his talk, as in his book Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid, Dr. Lopez used an immigration raid in Washtenaw County to explore the ripple effects of immigration enforcement on families, communities, and individuals. The Q&A session that followed the seminar included questions and discussion about collaboration between police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), gender and immigration, and how to raise awareness of the harm caused by violent enforcement actions. Thank you to Dr. Lopez and the DEI Committee, composed of Rosa Romero, Anibal Tornes Blanco, Beth Rousseau, Allison Lamanna, and Kaushik Ragunathan, for providing this opportunity for members of the department to reflect on and respond to immigration policy in our community and nation.