Event Date Details:
Two Event Dates! No RSVP or Tickets required, please do plan on arriving early to secure your seat.
Lety Garcia, Programs and PR Manager
Still We Rise is a collaborative performance showcasing art, music, dance, theater, and poetry. Performed by UCSB students, Poet Rick Benjamin, Ph.D., and choreographed by Professor Monique Meunier, the evening will be an abstract examination on immigration and DACA including a scene from the upcoming LAUNCH PAD play Staging the Daffy Dame directed by Professor Risa Brainin. The performances are dedicated to all of the Dreamers amongst our student population here at UCSB.
"As we face the turmoil and uncertainty of immigration, we strive to protect minors who were brought to this country through no fault of their own. They are a group of young people that have been educated and raised here in the U.S. They are Americans who only lack legal recognition. For those of us that live here, we have to understand we are all immigrants and compassion is vital. For the ones with hostile rhetoric and pointing fingers, if we just point it to ourselves, you too can say 'I was an immigrant’.
I hope to offer a valuable landscape and bring to surface the necessity for an intercultural society and need for diversity. As a daughter of immigrants, my work expresses the hopes and strength, love and passion, and fear and uncertainty immigrants face as they strive for a better life. I hope that this evening will bring us together and understand that we are all here for a reason and deserve respect, kindness, empathy, and humanity. We must help our friends in need and continue the fight for immigration, DACA, and the Dreamers, now more than ever."
Professor Monique Meunier, Department of Theater and Dance