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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

McKendree University

Lebanon, IL

Eastern Connecticut State University

Windham, CT

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Chaffey College

Fontana, CA

Kent State University

Kent, OH

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Columbia University

Manhattan, New York City, NY

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Benedictine University

Lisle, IL

American University

Washington, DC

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

University of Alabama School of Law

Tuscaloosa, AL

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

University of Maryland

College Park, MD

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About Our
Chapters

Define American College Chapters are student-led initiatives to bring the conversation on immigrants and identity home to their college communities. Students receive the tools to reach out to people who have different opinions and backgrounds, and create opportunities for mutual understanding.

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Chapter
Principles

Chapter
Principles

We Use The Power Of Our Stories

The power of storytelling to create meaningful change is at the core of our movement. Define American was established in 2011, after our founder Jose Antonio Vargas came out as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in The New York Times Magazine. Its publishing has inspired hundreds of people to share their immigrant and ally stories publicly and online.

We Elevate The Conversation About American Identity

At Define American we use stories, art and culture to encourage our audience to think critically about American identity, and in the process inspire new ideas and conversations about our nation’s current immigration system.

We Believe The United States Is, And Should Remain, A Welcoming Nation

Our ideals remind us that we are all created equal and that our strength lies in the forging of a nation based on shared values and common purpose. We support a vision in which all people, including immigrants, have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential, engage with their community and fully contribute their talents — expanding prosperity and wellbeing for all.

We Bring Everyone Into The Conversation

At Define American, we realize that to create meaningful change, we must engage beyond our core base of supporters. This means that we avoid polarizing language and actions, and instead focus on finding common ground and putting forth relatable stories and messages in an effort to create understanding outside our typical audience.

We Define American

“How do YOU define American?” — this one question opens up infinite possibilities to accomplish innovative systemic change. We believe through being proactive, and not reactive, we can shift conversations about immigrants in the United States. Through provocative and uncomfortable conversations we create teachable moments, and we also use them to learn more about the point of view of others. Using this approach we aim to be trailblazers, and create a one-of-a-kind student movement.

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