“Mason Dreamers”

My group’s main topic is Immigration and my sub-topic is Mason Dreamers, this article will be about the organization Mason Dreamers here at George Mason University. Mason Dreamers is a nonpartisan student organization at George Mason University that  “creates a more inclusive environment for undocumented students through education and advocacy” says the internal president Ana Tobar. “Mason Dreamers has a internal branch and a external branch, the internal branch focuses on the different partnerships and collaborations that they do with different organization on campus, they also work with administrators, faculty and staff and other students, last but not least they do undocually training which educate faculty and staff, students and even community partners so they can become allies for undocumented students, the resources we have on campus and how they can empower undocumented students” also says Ana Tobar in a interview I did with her.

Mason dreamers actual website tells you a little about the organization and a brief summary about what they do for undocumented students. It talks about what the introduction of the paper talks about. It talks about the mission of the Dreamers, the executive board and the intern team, and the history of the organization. “This article will will be useful to my research when I talk about the history of Mason Dreamers, what they stand for and what resources they have have for undocumented students.”

They have a great team with Ana Tobar as the internal president,

“Ana Tobar, International president of Mason Dreamers”


Danna Chavez Calvi as the external president, Renata Aldaz as the internal vice president, Dulce Martinez as the external vice president, Natalia Soto as the undocually coordinator, Mayra Leiva Flores as the Treasurer,  Ankush Kumar as the webmaster, Leohana Carrera and Helen Linares as the public relations chairs, and  Paula Alderete as the student support coordinator, they also have a intern team of students at Mason that aren’t part of the executive board but are still apart of the Mason Dreamers.

The history of Mason Dreamers is “Since our establishment in the fall of 2011, Mason DREAMers has grown to be one of the most active and influential student organizations at George Mason University. We educate, inspire, and take action to break barriers created by the current broken immigration system in the United States. In the past five years, we have created educational initiatives, events and resources to advocate for undocumented students within and outside of George Mason University. These have included, Student Panels, High school outreach initiatives, Immigration, Monologues, DREAM weeks and UndocuAlly trainings.


“UdocuAlly training on April 21, 2017”


All have been open to the general public and our largest event to date has had over 150 attendees. We have also worked tirelessly to generate additional funds for the Mason Dream Scholarship and have paved the way for the Stay Mason Student Support Fund. Ultimately, we do not seek to only benefit one segment of the student population, but create a fair ground for all.” Dreamers also have similar support student organizations at Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northern Virginia Community College, the University of Virginia, and Georgetown.

The Mason Dreamers website has a video called “The Gift of Education”, this video shows just how important education is to all students and how some can’t get access to education because of where they are from. It talks about one student that can’t afford to come to Mason because of it is too expensive and Mason wouldn’t help them much because they aren’t a U.S citizen. “This video will help me with my research because it taps into your emotions and shows real life stories about real lives of undocumented students.” We should care about this topic because we don’t know what our friends are going through and we should all be treated equal, when your ethnicity affects your education that’s a problem. Universities should be protecting undocumented students because of the recent president that was elected. Jamaal Abdul-Alim writes an article about universities becoming sanctuary campuses which is “A sanctuary campus is any college or university in the United States that adopts policies to protect students who are undocumented immigrants. The term is modeled after “sanctuary city”, a status that has been adopted by over 30 municipalities.” Mason Dreamers is trying to get George Mason to become a sanctuary campus, it went to Washington DC but nothing as happened since, Dreamers will keep trying to push a sanctuary campus at George Mason University. “This article is the heart and soul of what the Mason Dreamers believes in so this article will be extremely helpful to explain what Mason Dreamers stand for and their mission.”

Past and present Dreamers are making a change in undocumented students lives. On PRI.org there is an article that is truly touching because these people weren’t just part of Mason Dreamers they took that and spread it around the NOVA area, they didn’t just stay at Mason but they went out and shared their information about undocumented students and made other people allies for undocumented students. “This article will help me explain what the present and past Mason Dreamers do for undocumented students.” This article will also show that Dreamers aren’t trying to just reach hispanic students but all international students, they are trying to spread this organization over the states and eventually the world, but hispanic students are the base of this organization.  

Also on PRI.org there is a article about a boy who is from Honduras got arrested for possession of marijuana and being detained but has DACA. DACA is suppose to protect undocumented students but due to the recent election that doesn’t seem like it is helping much, yes he got caught with weed but usually you get a summons to court not detained. “This article is a real life situation for an undocumented student that should be protected by DACA but wasn’t in this case, it will help me explain how important immigration is and how we should all stand together to protect our undocumented friends.” This article doesn’t really talk about Mason Dreamers but it is a real life story on a undocumented student that was discriminated against so it goes with my topic.

All five of these research post will help me further explain what Mason Dreamers is and what they stand for. I have research post from Mason Dreamers them selve and from other people that aren’t even apart of Mason, I think it is important to have diversity and different articles and videos that explain the same thing and are trying to get the same point across. Immigration is a big topic right now because of our current president, he thinks that we should shut “non Americans” out of America which isn’t fair because other countries don’t have the same opportunities we have in the United States, some don’t have access to free education, some don’t have access to clean drinking water, some don’t even have access to food like we do, Trump doesn’t know what’s it’s like to grow up in poverty, I don’t even know what it’s like but I know everybody deserves a chance at freedom and equality is important to me, it shouldn’t matter where you are from we all bleed red, we all breathe the same air. Everybody deserves equality no matter who they are, Trump just doesn’t get it. Immigration is important to me because my uncle is from Mexico and he was here illegally until he had his son here. Hopefully this article will be eye-opening and get the point of equality across.  


Will Privacy Ever Be An Option?

I will talking about Nick Dyer-Witheford’s, “Mobile” and Micah Lee’s, “Edward Snowden Explains how to Reclaim your Privacy”. Nick Dyer-Withedord’s article “Mobile” is asking why do we pay six hundred dollars or more for an iphone, why are they so expensive? What are we actually paying for? Depending on which cell phone carrier you have, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or any of the other ones the phone is pretty expensive yet Iphones are the top selling phone even if you’re part of a low-income community. The article says “As a Salvadoran saying has it, ‘En El Salvador hasta los perros andan celular’ (‘In El Salvador even dogs have cell phones’) (Alarcón 2014: 11). Some 30 to 40 per cent of the population live below the official poverty line, but there are 123 cell phone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.” Why are cellphones so addicting? What if our cell phones did not have access to internet, would it still be as popular? Probably not, cell phones make life a lot easier, we can look up pretty much anything with the click of a couple buttons or using Siri. Cell phones have made people read books online, buy music online, and even watch movies on your phone, what’s a newspaper? What’s a CD? What’s even a movie theatre? Cell phones have taken over a lot of companies and just put any information we need at our fingertips.

Micah Lee’s, “Edward Snowden Explains how to Reclaim your Privacy” is about a interview with a man named Edward Snowden who “is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.” Edward was talking about how the government takes our privacy away from us and monitors everything we do, he is giving us tips and advice on how to have a more private life, he says in the article “We should armor ourselves using systems we can rely on every day. This doesn’t need to be an extraordinary lifestyle change. It doesn’t have to be something that is disruptive. It should be invisible, it should be atmospheric, it should be something that happens painlessly, effortlessly. This is why I like apps like Signal, because they’re low friction. It doesn’t require you to re-order your life. It doesn’t require you to change your method of communications. You can use it right now to talk to your friends.”

Both article don’t really have any correlation but the first article is asking what we pay for when buying a cellphone, why is it so expensive? The second article is about how to have more privacy from the government. My conclusion for the correlation of the two articles is if we buy the phone why doesn’t privacy come with it? That is because the government doesn’t want us to truly be free and they document everything we do on the internet, is that fair? I don’t really think that is, if we pay for the phone and pay for the bill every month we deserve a little bit of privacy, will we ever get this privacy? Probably not but that’s the government for you.


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Dyer-Witheford, Nick. “Dyer-Witheford_Mobile.pdf.” Google Drive. Google, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.

Theintercept. “Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy.” The Intercept. N.p., 12 Nov. 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.

“Edward Snowden.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Apr. 2017. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.

“A 19-year-old undocumented student — authorized to be in the US — was detained and then let go by federal agents”

This article is about Josue Romero, a 19-year-old boy from Honduras getting arrested for possession of marijuana and being detained because he was undocumented but he has DACA so he should not have been detained. DACA is “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an American immigration policy started by the Obama administration in June 2012 that allows certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.” The article says “Romero was brought to San Antonio from Honduras when he was 4 years old. He is currently a student at the Southwest School of Art.” Teachers and mentors of his said they were shocked he was detained because he is a very good student and did not deserve that. The article says that “In one of the executive orders that Trump signed in January, he set priorities for whom immigration officials should put at the top of their list for deportation. The list includes undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, but it is much broader than it was under Obama. It includes those who have been charged but not convicted; those who have been suspected of crimes; and those whom agents simply deem to be threats.” It also says “What this shows is that the Trump administration does not care what’s illegal and legal,” says Fischer. “They chose to detain someone with legal status, and that’s not right and we’re ready to fight back.”” It says Fischer is the policy director at RAICES which is a organization that “provides legal services to refugees and other immigrants.” This article is a real life situation for a undocumented student that should be protected by DACA but wasn’t in this case, it will help me explain how important immigration is and how we should all stand together to protect our undocumented friends.


“College ‘dreamers’ are unrelenting in fight for immigration reform”

This is a article tells the reader how some of the Mason Dreamers has impacted students lives. It talks about how Ana Tobar, Martha Zavala Perez, and Rodrigo Velasquez have changed the lives of other undocumented students through all the challenges of their own undocumented lives. It says about Ana that “One way she has done so is by organizing training sessions to raise campus awareness about the financial and emotional struggles of students without immigration documents, hoping to stir empathy that might translate into action.” Ana just became a United States citizen two years ago, despite that long and rough process she overcame and still helped other students. The article says that Martha couldn’t have made it to the states without DACA which is “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy started by the Obama administration in June 2012 that allows certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.”  It says “While Perez, who holds a master’s degree in communication, would not have gotten through college and found a job in the US without DACA, immigration advocates recognize it is not a perfect solution for children brought to the United States without immigration documents; as an executive order, it can be rescinded easily.” about Martha. The article talks about Rodrigo and how he said ““I’m willing to fight for my community,” he said. “If my community tells me this is something they genuinely want … I’ll listen to them, and I’ll navigate the clash of my values and that legislation. But I will not end my advocacy, and Mason Dreamers won’t end its advocacy until there is comprehensive reform.”” This article will help me explain what the present and past Mason Dreamers do for undocumented students.


Ethics vs Humanity

I will be talking about Clay Shirky’s , “Everyone Is a Media Outlet” and *Rebecca Blood, “Weblog Ethics”. In “Everyone Is a Media Outlet” Clay is basically talking about how everybody is a media outlet, even Facebook and blog sites are media outlets that regular people post their opinion on and share products for free, in other words people are doing free labor for companies and they don’t even know they are doing it. The article defines a professional and why we need them, it says, “A profession exists to solve a hard problem, one that requires some sort of specialization. Driving a race car requires special training-race car drivers are professionals. Driving an ordinary car, though, doesn’t require the driver to belong to a particular profession, because it’s easy enough that most adults can do it with a modicum of training. Most professions exist because there is a scarce resource that requires ongoing management.” Professionals are simply here to give us the facts and sell something for a current event for the public.  

“Rebecca Blood’s, “Weblog Ethics” is a very surprising article to me, it talks about how journalist are not suppose to interfere with their subjects life no matter what is going on. This article defines journalist that says “Journalists — the people who actually report the news — are acutely aware of the potential for abuse that is inherent in their system, which relies on support from businesses and power brokers, each with an agenda to promote. Their ethical standards are designed to delineate the journalist’s responsibilities and provide a clear code of conduct that will ensure the integrity of the news.” in other words it is saying if you’re a journalist during a war and you see someone get shot you can just take a picture of them and not help them because you’re not suppose to take a picture for something in return, you’re suppose to be take the picture with no strings attached because that is not your job to help them, it also says “Weblogs, produced by nonprofessionals, have no such code, and individual webloggers seem almost proud of their amateur status. “We don’t need no stinkin’ fact checkers” seems to be the prevailing attitude, as if inaccuracy were a virtue.” in other words it is saying if you’re just a average citizen and you’re taking pictures of someone getting shot you can help them and still post the picture.  

These two articles correlate because the first article is talking about what a professional journalist is and the second article is about the ethics of a journalist, these two articles go hand and hand. The first article and the second article puts ethics before humanity, which is sad but it’s life. 


Shirky, Clay. “Shirky_Everyone Is a Media Outlet.pdf.” Google Docs. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Blood, Rebecca. “Webblog Ethics.” Rebecca’s Pocket. N.p., n.d. Web.

“Advocates Call for Schools to Stand By Undocumented Students”

This article is about calling universities to advocate and stand by undocumented students due to the recent election and the changes he is making about undocumented people in the United States, this article is written by Jamaal Abdul-Alim and it is about a recent panel that was at George Mason University talking about how we should stand by undocumented students and do everything we can to help them. It says “Being an ally is not an identity. It’s an action,” Vaquera said. “Those educators that want to be there and support the students, we need to do the homework, be with them, make ourselves available, and make yourselves available in your university and make it known that you are a person who wants to help, learning, staying up to date and providing support.” which is very true, this article will be a big help because not only is based off of a event at George Mason University but it is also talking about a major topic right now that relates to my topic. This article is the heart and soul of what the Mason Dreamers believes in so this article will be extremely helpful to explain what Mason Dreamers stand for and their mission.


“The gift of education”

This video is very reliable because it was on the Mason Dreamers and it was made by the members of the organization. It talks a little about what Mason Dreamers is and what they stand for, it also compares the financial aspect of college with undocumented students and students that were born in the United States. It give multiple stories of actual undocumented students and how much of a struggle college is for them, there is one guy that talks about how his mom was a janitor for Mason when he was little and she would bring him to work sometimes to show him the campus and she told him that he would eventually be student and he is about to graduate from Mason very soon. They also talk briefly about a student that couldn’t keep attending Mason because they couldn’t pay for college and since they are undocumented they can’t get many scholarships or much help financially. This video will help me with my research because it taps into your emotions and shows real life stories about real lives of undocumented students.


The official Mason Dreamers website that the organization made themselves is a very helpful and a reliable source. This website was made in 2011 when the organization was developed, it contains content on the current executive board members (the internal and external presidents and vice presidents, Treasurer, webmaster, public relations chair, student support coordinator,  etc.), they also have a intern team which are students that are not part of the executive board but they still help the organization and still have a “title”,  the history of Mason Dreamers (when it was developed, why and there mission), and like all websites it contains contact information, for undocumented students to contact them or for people that want to be involved in the organization. This website will be useful to my research when I talk about the history of Mason Dreamers, what they stand for and what resources they have have for undocumented students.


“Us” and “Them”; Equity Among Natives

I will be analyzing Danah Boyd’s “Literacy: Are Today’s Youth Digital Natives?” and Jurgen Habermas’s “The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article”. In Danah Boyd’s “Literacy: Are Today’s Youth Digital Natives?” a digital native is a person who grew up in a world where internet already exist, in other words digital natives are kids and digital immigrants a people that were not born during the “tech” time, or in other words adults or “old people”. Teens grew up with the internet and technology so many adults assume that that youth automatically understand and can comprehend new technology. John Perry Barlow said that “adults should be afraid of fear children’s supposedly natural-born knowledge” and Douglas Rushkaff says that “children should be recognized for their ingenuity”. This document is all about the youth being “native” to the digital language of computers, video games and the internet, it also states that native immigrants become fascinated by many aspects of the new technology and adapt to it. This document also explains that not all the youth know how to use the new technology, few teens have basic understanding of how the computer system they use actually works. It also talks about two specific search engines, Google and Wikipedia. Google is a monetized through advertising and it is changed by your preference. Wikipedia is a crowd sourced encyclopedia with moderators, in other words it can be edited but not as easy as you think, most teachers and parents say Wikipedia is unreliable because it can be edited but in order for it to be edited you have a give a reason why.

Jurgen Habermas’s “The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article” is about the access of the internet and how it is given to all citizens. It says “information access’s inequalities and media literacy compromise the representations of the virtual sphere.” Some people do not have access without a concrete commitment to universal access at affordable rates, the internet merely harbors the illusion of “openness.”” This document also talks about how “when there is no face-to-face action were less likely to see the impact and social value of our words.” “Most information online is fragmented, our political system suffers from a lack of citizen involvement and the internet technology may offer new tools for connecting, motivating, and organizing dissent but the cannot single-handedly transform political culture.”

Tying these two documents together is the “Literacy: Are Today’s Youth Digital Natives?” is talking about how the youth is suppose to be feared for their natural born knowledge of new technology and that they are native to it and adults are immigrants because they weren’t born in the “tech age” but they adapt to it and the article “The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article” is talking about how everybody does not have the access to the internet, so my question is how can somebody be native to something that they do not have access to? The digital natives article kind of proves the public sphere article wrong because not all teens are “hip” to the new technology and not all adults are immigrants to the new technology, that article is only looking at the people that have access to the new technology.


Boyd, Danah. “Digital Natives.pdf.” Google Docs. It’s Complicated, 15 Feb. 2017. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.


Habermas, Jurgen, Sara Lennox, and Frank Lennox. “Habermas_Public Sphere.pdf.” Google Docs. New German Critique, 15 Feb. 2017. Web. 15 Feb. 2017.
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