Perez, who came to the United States from El Salvador at age 10, works closely with students who are subject to the legislation. He can discuss the prevalence of these students in student government and other leadership roles. He is a leading researcher in the social and psychological development of these students.
He is the author of We ARE Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing The American Dream, which blends the inspirational stories of optimism and perseverance of undocumented students with the critical policy implications of the continuing neglect of comprehensive immigration reform.
He research on undocumented immigrant students, funded by the Haynes Foundation and the Fletcher Jones Foundation, has been presented at national and international research conferences. He has been invited to lecture at prestigious institutions of higher education including Harvard University, Stanford University, Brown University, UCLA, Pomona College, and Pitzer College.
Perez has been quoted as an academic expert on immigrant students in newspapers and broadcast media outlets.
Claremont Graduate University has a newly commissioned broadcast studio equipped with VideoLink ReadyCam technology, allowing the media quick, easy access to Perez and other on-campus experts.
Media outlets interested in talking to Perez may contact CGU's communications office.
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