Friday Forum

Date: October 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am
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Hilton Greenville
45 West Orchard Park
Greenville, SC 29601
Contact: Tripp James
Phone: 864-239-3728

Student Immigrants & Our Changing Workforce

Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Friday Forum featuring Will McCorkle!

Will is a doctoral student in education at Clemson University. As the founder of a local advocacy group, From the Ground Up, Will advocates for immigrant students in the Upstate, particularly those who are undocumented or have DACA status. 

The Friday Forum series is a general business event held on the 4th Friday of each month. Friday Forum helps business professionals “Connect, Learn, and Grow” with networking opportunities and an educational presentation. 

Networking/Breakfast: 8:00-8:30am | Program: 8:30-9:30am

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Will McCorkle is a doctoral student in education at Clemson University. Before beginning his studies at Clemson, Will was a social studies teacher at Greenville High School. He previously taught English and social studies in Costa Rica. He is also an advocate for immigrant students in the Upstate, particularly those who are undocumented or have DACA status.

Some of Will's research interests include teacher’s awareness and attitudes towards educational rights for immigrant students, how restrictive education policies affect immigrant students, and critiquing and deconstructing contemporary beliefs about restrictive borders and migration. He frequently speaks about the particular restrictions for undocumented and DACA students in the state of South Carolina and how these affect the state in a detrimental way. Will is a frequent contributor to The Greenville News where he writes about issues of immigration, faith, and public policy.

Will has been involved in activism and advocacy in numerous ways in the Upstate. He is a member of the higher education team at Hispanic Alliance. The team speaks to immigrant students at local high schools about their educational opportunities. He is also the founder of a local advocacy group, From the Ground Up. One of the primary emphases of this group is immigration advocacy. They have hosted several events in relation to Dreamers and immigrant rights. The most recent event was a vigil on September 5th in downtown Greenville where nearly 400 community members gather to support Dreamers after DACA was rescinded.

Will is also interested in examining the economic and social benefits of immigrants, particularly for young undocumented and DACA youth. He seeks to show community leaders how comprehensive immigration reform is not only the just and compassionate path forward, but the best decision for our communities in both an economic and social sense. He additionally speaks to faith communities and leaders about the spiritual aspects of immigration and the Christian ethic in relation to immigrants and refugees. Will and his wife, Raquel, have two children, Victoria who is 3 years old and Liam who is 2 months old. They reside in Mauldin.

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