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"I’m proud of my Mexican heritage, but the US is my home. It always has been and it probably always will be. But some people would disagree. Some people would say that this is not my home, and that I should go back home. That is because I am undocumented, I am a DACA recipient, and I am a Dreamer. Having lived my life in a constant state of limbo, not quite sure where I stand and who around me would like to see me fall. Having the support of the university I am so proud to call home means the world to me." - current student Alan Sanchez (AeroEngr'18), speaking at CU Boulder Next in Los Angeles.
CU Boulder Next's inaugural event in Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 24 was a rousing success! The event brought hundreds of alumni, parents, prospective students and university friends together at L.A. Live for an afternoon of knowledge, laughter and connection.
In the TED Talk-style BuffTalks, we learned about the "world's coldest stuff" from 2001 Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell, student Alan Sanchez' experience as a DACA recipient, the myth of meritocracy from Leeds' Stefanie Johnson and the merging of art and robotics from CMCI's Michael Theodore.
Breakout sessions included a special look at the poetry of pop music, new insights into regenerative medicine and a glimpse into the future of immersive technology.
The event concluded with a dazzling reception themed with old and new haunts of University Hill and the premiere of "The Light Shines On," a film detailing CU Boulder's history. During the reception, attendees mingled with alumni including Fox Sports' Joel Klatt and "South Park" lead animator Eric Stough creating new memories over a shared bond — CU Boulder.