Immigration Panel

Join SPJ UW for a refreshing and insightful conversation about immigration in our upcoming panel discussion, created by chapter officer Julia Grace-Sanders.

The event will take place this Thursday, May 18, in CMU 126 at 2 o’clock with an impressive roundup of professionals working in immigration, who will offer up their insights on how to best cover the topic. There will also be cookies!

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Register for the event by going to the Facebook event page and mark yourself as “Going.”

Check out our panelists:

Joaquin Uy: Ethnic Media and Communications Specialist, City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs


Born in Manila, Philippines, Joaquin Uy moved to the U.S. with his parents to escape the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. As the Ethnic Media and Communications Specialist, he helps ensure that all City departments include ethnic media in their inclusive outreach plans and provides technical assistance across the City on how to utilize ethnic media in reaching specific immigrant and refugee communities. His position also includes advocating for immigrant and refugee communities regarding policy decisions and long-term planning. He has spent a combined 16 years in community engagement, communications, and fundraising/development. Previously, he has served as the News and Public Affairs Director at Community Radio KBCS 91.3 FM and Communications Specialist for the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

Magdalena Fonseca: Associate Director, Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center; Undocumented Student Specialist, University of Washington


Magdalena Fonseca is the Associate Director for Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity’s Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and the departments Undocumented Student Specialist at the University of Washington, Seattle campus.  Born in Mexico, her family immigrated to the US when she was 6 years old and grew up in Eastern Washington in the small farming town of Othello.  Magdalena’s family spent 10 years undocumented in the ’80s and ’90s, and from that grew her passion for supporting and advocating for undocumented students, which has been doing for over 15 years. In 2007, she was invited to help form and coordinate the “Purple Group,” a peer support group at UW, to help undocumented student in the successful transition from high school to college. In 2014, she co-founded the Leadership Without Borders Center, the first center dedicated to serve undocumented students in institutions of higher educations in the Pacific Northwest. Magdalena holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Washington.  She currently serves as board member of Sound Discipline, Viva Hispanic Northwest, two Seattle area non-profit organizations, and is a core member of the Washington State Access Coalition for HB 1079 Students, a statewide initiative that helps to support undocumented students on college campuses.

Wendi Lindquist: Development and Communications Officer, Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)


Wendi Lindquist is an Oregon native. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, received a Master’s Degree in history from the University of Washington, and is currently finishing her doctorate in history. She has been with ReWA for two years as the Development and Communications Officer.

Sandy Restrepo: Immigration attorney at Colectiva Legal del Pueblo

Sandy Restrepo is an immigration attorney and co-founder of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo. She represents individuals in various stages of the immigration process including family-based petitions, deportation defense, naturalization and non-immigrant visas. Before becoming an attorney, Sandy focused on grassroots campaigns and organizing with migrant communities for education, immigration and worker’s rights. Sandy grew up in Santa Ana, Calif. and is the proud daughter of immigrant parents. She obtained a B.A. in Latin American Studies and a minor in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Sandy graduated from Seattle University School of Law. She is the first in her family to graduate college and obtain a professional degree.



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