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Linda C. Majka Fellowship

The Linda C. Majka Fellowship supports a current student to engage in human rights research and advocacy in the local Dayton community. The focus of this work is assisting migrants and refugees in overcoming barriers to thriving. The fellow will function as a researcher and intern at the Center and will work as part of a collaboration with the Law School and in partnership with community organizations serving migrants and refugees.

Immigration Legal Pop-Up Clinic

Grounded in the HRC and UDSL collaborative, the Pop-up Immigration Legal Clinic seeks to fill a gap in service provision for migrants and refugees in the Dayton community. Distinct from a full legal service clinic, this pop-up service provides targeted, immediate support for specific immigration-related processes, such as status adjustment, work reauthorization, citizenship, and DACA applications.  The Pop-Up Immigration Clinic will rotate through local partner organizations and provide services based on the evolving needs of the refugee and immigrant community.

Upcoming clinic: Saturday, March 26th 10am-5pm

For more information contact hrc@udayton.edu

SPHR 2021 Roundtable Recordings

  • Migration and Mortality: social death, dispossession and survival in the Americas
  • Representing and assisting Dayton immigrants and refugees during the pandemic
  • This panel presents research from the new edited volume Migration and Mortality (edited by Longazel and Hallett, Temple University Press, 2021).

    Representatives of Dayton-area organizations created by immigrants and refugees and organizations that work with them will discuss how their activities have changed under the global pandemic.

    Mary and Borders

    In the spring of 2020, Isabel took Latina/o Religious Experiences (REL 322) with Dr. Neomi DeAnda. As part of their studies, the class was supposed to go to El Paso, TX to conduct research on migrants, which was unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19. Instead, Isabel, her classmates, and students at St. Mary's University in San Antonio created an online exhibit titled Mary and Borders. Mary and Borders is a compilation of videos, mockumentaries, stories, interactive prayers.

    Explore Mary and Borders Virtual Exhibit

    Ways to Get Involved

    Participating in a Cross-Cultural Summer Immersion through the Center for Social Concern is a unique way to expand education beyond the classroom, into a new culture and a new way of thinking. 


    Immersions
    • ANT 325: Anthropology of Human Rights
    • ANT 352: Cultures of Latin America
    • ANT/SOC 368: Immigration and Immigrants
    • ECO 471: Labor Economics
    • HST 336: History of Africa I
    • HST 357: Modern Latin America
    • HST 378: Immigration History
    • HST 389: Italian Diaspora
    • UDI 206: Pilgrimage and Migration
    • PHL 379: Latin American Philosophy
    • REL 330: Faith of Immigrants
    • SOC 328: Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • SOC 342: Social Movements
    • SWK 360: International Social Work
    • SSC 200: A number of sections tackle immigration issues 

    • Immigration Legal Pop-up Clinic

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    Linda Cafeo Majka (1947-2014)

    Linda received her B.A. in Economics from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined the University of Dayton faculty in fall 1981, and had a special impact on both UD and the Dayton community. She wrote extensively on human rights, social inequality, social movements, women’s issues, and immigrant integration. Professor Majka was one of the founders of both the Women and Gender Studies Program and Human Rights Studies Program at UD. Linda had a burning passion for justice, which was illustrated in her extensive work with the Dayton community. Specifically, Linda and Theo Majka’s research on the needs of the immigrant and refugee communities contributed to the transformation of Dayton into an “immigrant friendly” city, and helped inform policies throughout the community.

    Connect with Dr. Theo Majka
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