October 8, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.
The documentary film follows the citizenship journey of Brenda Pilar-Ayala, an MSU student who crossed the border with her mother and siblings when she was only a few months old. Through a poem, she details a childhood in which she rejected her “sunkissed skin” and her life of hiding. We learn from expert interviews that Brenda is one of 454,000 undocumented college students. Her story has a positive ending in which she
obtains a Green Card, changing her citizenship status from DACA to documented status.
This film is part of a multimedia project called “The Documented: Oral Histories of Spartan Students
Co-Sponsored by: Julian Samora Research Institute; School of Journalism; College of Communications Arts and Sciences; MSU Diversity Research Network