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Summit Agenda

Friday, September 29th, 2017
Welcome Comedy Night: 9pm CST
Featuring performances by: Kat Evasco, Atsuko Okatsuka & Yosimar Reyes
The Graduate Hotel
141 North 9th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Saturday, September 30th
Registration: 9am CST
Chapters Summit Day One: 10am – 4:30pm CST
Film Screening & Dinner: 7:30pm – 9:45pm CST
Featured speakers: Ivan Céja & Justino Mora, Co-founders of UndocuMedia
Sunday, October 1st
Chapters Summit Day Two: 8:45am – 3:00pm CST
Keynote speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder & CEO of Define American


About the Summit

The Define American Chapters Summit is the first national convening of Define American College Chapters.
Get ready for two days of inspiring ideas, strategizing around issues you care about, and learning to reshape the immigration narrative in your community. You’ll be hearing from local and national leaders in culture and media change and meeting fellow chapter leaders from around the country.
It is only fitting that the first Summit is being hosted at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, home to our 2016 Define American Chapter of the Year award recipient.
Join us for an historic gathering!

Check out the list of speakers we've announced so far!

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Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist and filmmaker, and serves as the CEO of Define American and #EmergingUS. Jose was part of The Washington Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. Vargas revealed his undocumented immigration status in an article in The New York Times Magazine. He went on to produce and direct his autobiographical documentary, Documented, broadcasted by CNN, and later directed MTV’s White People. You can watch a short video of Jose’s story on our storytelling platform.

Iván Ceja and Justino Mora

Iván Ceja and Justino Mora are the co-founders of UndocuMedia. UndocuMedia leverages digital and social media to empower the undocumented community throughout the US. They are online and on-the-ground grassroots organizers who help the community stay informed and fight for social justice.

Kat Evasco

Kat Evasco is writer, stand up comedian, and performance artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Evasco is best known for her touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest. Her current projects include Prieto written and performed by, Yosimar Reyes; Locus of Control written and performed by Jason Bayani; co-director of the Resilience Archives, a collection of memories and historical moments centered on the LGBTQ Asian American Pacific Islander community. Evasco currently serves as the Chief Dream Director at The Future Project and as the Artistic Director of Guerrilla Rep. She holds a BA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.

Photo credit: Mia Nakano

Atsuko Okatsuka

Atsuko’s comedy has been described by Margaret Cho as “a silent slow fart that fills up a room with laughter.”  She tours around the U.S. with Dis/orient/ed Comedy, the first ever all Asian, mostly female stand up comedy tour at colleges as well as various organizations that foster diverse voices.  She uses her whimsical sense of humor to comment on social and political issues through personal stories, and can often be found performing at comedy festivals such as Laughing Skull, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and Laugh Your Asheville Off.  She most recently filmed her first ever hour special produced by VIVA Pictures and Comedy InvAsian.  When she’s not telling jokes on stage, she writes, produces, and acts in sketch videos that have been featured on Elizabeth Banks’s digital platform, WhoHaha, Buzzfeed, and MOCATV.