ISU to Host Immigration Rights Attorney Melanie Gleason for April 19 for Variety of Events

POCATELLO — Melanie Gleason, an immigration rights attorney, will make several presentations at Idaho State University on April 19 on the theme of “From Concern

to Advocacy: The Human Face of Immigration Law.”

Gleason is a longtime advocate for social justice and will make an all-day appearance at ISU to discuss a variety topics, including law as a profession and work as a cause lawyer. A schedule of events is listed below.

Gleason, born to a Thai immigrant and an inner-city Clevelander, has been devoted to social justice with a particular interest in immigration law from a young age.

She studied political communication in her undergraduate studies, and after graduating, worked in a variety of careers, including special education teaching at a middle school, that helped her develop the interpersonal skills necessary to pursue her passion of law advocacy. With her first-hand experience of some social issues plaguing the nation today, Gleason hopes to raise awareness of each individual’s potential to enact change.

Her presentations are sponsored by the ISU Diversity Resource Center, ISU Department of Political Science and the Idaho Humanities Council.

The agenda for Gleason’s visit is as follows.

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Discussion on Law School and the Legal Profession as a Biracial Woman

Location: The Diversity Resource Center, Room 129 of the ISU Rendezvous Complex.

1 – 2:15 p.m.: Discussion on Working as a Cause Lawyer

Location: Rendezvous Complex, Room 118

4 – 5 p.m.: Coffee with Melanie: Open to any Pre-Law Students

Location: The College Market, 604 S. Eighth Ave., Pocatello

7:30 – 9 p.m.: Present to the University and Community

Location: Middle and South Fork Rooms of the Pond Student Union

For more information, contact the ISU Diversity Resource Center, 208-282-3142.

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