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A Balancing Actress

April 11, 2019 College of Arts and Humanities

Sandra Guerrero and UndocuTerps

"Orange Is the New Black” co-star/immigration activist speaks as part of Social Justice Day.

By Sala Levin ’10 | Maryland Today

Known for her parts on “Orange Is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin,” actress Diane Guerrero took the stage at the Hoff Theater yesterday to discuss a different role in her life: immigration reform activist, and daughter and sister of deported immigrants.

Part of the university’s third annual Social Justice Day, sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Education and A. James Clark School of Engineering, Guerrero delivered the day’s keynote address, focusing on her family’s story, in keeping with UMD’s yearlong theme of the Year of Immigration.

The day of programming also included an awards reception, mini TED-style talks and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences-organized “Immigrant Stories” panel, moderated by UMD’s Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development Shibley Telhami. It featured UMD President Wallace D. Loh; New School Professor Nina Khrushcheva, great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev; and former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero ’72 sharing their experiences.

Read the full story in Maryland Today.

Photo: From left, panelists Erica Chukwu, Fiorella Osuna, Director of UndocuTerps Laura Bohorquez Garcia, Diane Guerrero, Maria Zamudio Otero, Odri Raimundo and Alonso Suarez Becerra took part in Social Justice Day yesterday. Guerrero delivered the day’s keynote address, focusing on her family’s story.
(By Jeanette J. Nelson).