Registration is Open for Fall Conference in Orlando

  • Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and advocate for immigration, will be among the featured speakers at the Council of the Great City Schools’ 66th Annual Fall Conference, which takes place Oct. 19-23 in Orlando, FL.

    As a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, Vargas is the founder of Define America, a non-profit media advocacy organization that uses the power of narrative to humanize conversations about immigrants. Additionally, he gained national acclaim when The New York Times Magazine published his groundbreaking essay in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant.

    As a producer and director, Vargas received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary for the autobiographical Documented and an Emmy nomination for White People, a television special on what it means to be young and white in a demographically changing America. 

    Vargas’ best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published in 2018, and his second book, White Is Not a Country, which will explore race and identities, will be released in 2023.

    Under the banner “Destination Success,” the conference will also feature CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta.

    To register for the conference, click here.