I am working to raise money for the Immigration Project, a nonprofit organization that provides essential legal services for immigrants here in Central Illinois. By running in the Illinois Marathon on April 27, I want to help support members of my community, and to push back against the voices of hate and exclusion that have been so empowered in recent years.
My goal is to raise $2620, or $100 per mile of the race. I have never run a marathon before, and my inexperience has led to a few bumps and bruises during the training process. While I won't set the course on fire with my speed, I promise to honor your support for the Immigration Project with everything I've got.
About me: I am a professor at the University of Illinois, where I teach in the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the Department of History. This year I have the honor of serving as the president of the Campus Faculty Association, an organization that has been active on the UIUC campus for over forty years, working on issues of academic freedom, faculty working conditions, and racial and gender equity.