Oberlin College and Conservatory

OUI Annual Banquet: Voices from the Borderlands with Reyna Grande

Saturday, May 4 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Carnegie Building, Root Room
52 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Obies for Undocumented Inclusion invites you to celebrate with us at our annual fundraising banquet for the Undocumented Student Scholarship Fund. Come for a memorable night filled with great food, student performances and to hear our keynote speaker, award winning writer, Reyna Grande.

~~~About the Speaker~~~

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012), where she writes about her life before and after immigrating from Mexico to the United States undocumented.

Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges and cities across the country. The Distance Between Us received a 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and a 2016 Eureka! Honor Award from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017.

The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home (Atria), was released on October 2, 2018.


“What's the border, Papi?'
'Hills,' Her father whispered. 'Hills and bushes, that's all it is. But we must walk across it.'
'Papi, if it's just land, why can't we take the bus all the way there. Why must we walk across?'
'Because we don't have papers, Carmen. And even though it is just land, it represents a wall. We must go like thieves.'
Juana wished she could ask what the father meant by that. Hills and bushes, that's what the border was. How strange.” ― Reyna Grande, Across a Hundred Mountains


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International/Cultural, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops, Receptions/Socials



Obies for Undocumented Inclusion
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Voices from the Borderlands with Key Note Speaker Reyna Grande. Saturday, May 4th. Root ROom. 6pm -8pm

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