Keynote Speakers and Faculty


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Keynote Speakers

Francesco Piobbichi is key program associate and organizer of Mediterranean Hope an immigration project of the Waldensian Church in Italy. Francesco is also a social cartoonist and artist who has documented the terror and hope of the migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. His book of drawings called Sulla Dannata Terra (On the Wretched Earth) has become an important work that has humanized the migrant in Europe and has allowed him and Mediterranean Hope to have a seat at important decision making tables.

Sebastian Quinac is the outreach coordinator for the Guatemalan consulate in Tucson. Born in Guatemala, he fled his homeland in 1983 after receiving several death threats. Sebastian is a tireless advocate for his people, and translator of the Kachiquel language. He works behind the scenes at Operations Streamline, and travels around the state translating at detentions centers and immigration courts, as well as organizing cultural events for the consulate.

Third Keynote Speaker will be announced later.


Faculty listing coming soon…

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