Define American Chapters Summit

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Summit Agenda

Friday, September 29th, 2017
Welcome Comedy Night: 9pm CST
Featuring performances by: Kat Evasco, Atsuko Okatsuka & Yosimar Reyes
The Graduate Hotel
141 North 9th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Saturday, September 30th
Registration: 9am CST
Chapters Summit Day One: 10am – 4:30pm CST
Film Screening & Dinner: 7:30pm – 9:45pm CST
Featured speakers: Ivan Céja & Justino Mora, Co-founders of UndocuMedia
Sunday, October 1st
Chapters Summit Day Two: 8:45am – 3:00pm CST
Keynote speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder & CEO of Define American


About the Summit

The Define American Chapters Summit is the first national convening of Define American College Chapters.
Get ready for two days of inspiring ideas, strategizing around issues you care about, and learning to reshape the immigration narrative in your community. You’ll be hearing from local and national leaders in culture and media change and meeting fellow chapter leaders from around the country.
It is only fitting that the first Summit is being hosted at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, home to our 2016 Define American Chapter of the Year award recipient.
Join us for an historic gathering!

Check out the list of speakers we've announced so far!

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Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist and filmmaker, and serves as the CEO of Define American and #EmergingUS. Jose was part of The Washington Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. Vargas revealed his undocumented immigration status in an article in The New York Times Magazine. He went on to produce and direct his autobiographical documentary, Documented, broadcasted by CNN, and later directed MTV’s White People. You can watch a short video of Jose’s story on our storytelling platform.

Iván Ceja and Justino Mora

Iván Ceja and Justino Mora are the co-founders of UndocuMedia. UndocuMedia leverages digital and social media to empower the undocumented community throughout the US. They are online and on-the-ground grassroots organizers who help the community stay informed and fight for social justice.

Kat Evasco

Kat Evasco is writer, stand up comedian, and performance artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Evasco is best known for her touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest. Her current projects include Prieto written and performed by, Yosimar Reyes; Locus of Control written and performed by Jason Bayani; co-director of the Resilience Archives, a collection of memories and historical moments centered on the LGBTQ Asian American Pacific Islander community. Evasco currently serves as the Chief Dream Director at The Future Project and as the Artistic Director of Guerrilla Rep. She holds a BA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.

Photo credit: Mia Nakano

Atsuko Okatsuka

Atsuko’s comedy has been described by Margaret Cho as “a silent slow fart that fills up a room with laughter.”  She tours around the U.S. with Dis/orient/ed Comedy, the first ever all Asian, mostly female stand up comedy tour at colleges as well as various organizations that foster diverse voices.  She uses her whimsical sense of humor to comment on social and political issues through personal stories, and can often be found performing at comedy festivals such as Laughing Skull, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and Laugh Your Asheville Off.  She most recently filmed her first ever hour special produced by VIVA Pictures and Comedy InvAsian.  When she’s not telling jokes on stage, she writes, produces, and acts in sketch videos that have been featured on Elizabeth Banks’s digital platform, WhoHaha, Buzzfeed, and MOCATV.

The Define American Team

Rev. Ryan M. Eller

Executive Director, Louisville, KY

Responsible for partnerships, innovation and organizational growth. Eller holds a B.S. in Political Science from Appalachian State University, a Masters Degree in Divinity from Wake Forest University, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Penn State University. Prior to joining Define American, he was the U.S. Campaigns Director at For four years prior to that, he was the Executive Director of CHANGE in North Carolina—the largest broad-based community organizing group in the southern United States (a 501c3). He has extensive experience in the campaign arena as well, having managed political campaigns at both the local and federal level.

Julián Gustavo Gómez

Campus Engagement Manager, Boston, MA

Responsible for the management of Define American Chapters. Gómez holds a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from American University and comes to Define American from Fission Strategy, where he was a Digital Strategy Fellow and managed the organization’s email strategy. His previous experience includes working on political ads during the 2014 midterm election at MeanGreen Media in Washington, D.C. and curating social media for The Harry Potter Alliance, an innovative fan-activist nonprofit. He has also worked as a freelance videographer and editor on many projects including the Student Emmy-winning film “Chesapeake Villages.”  Having moved to Miami, FL from Argentina at a young age, Julián is a proud advocate for immigrant and minority rights and a former DACA recipient.

Yosimar Reyes

Artist in Residence, Los Angeles, CA

Responsible for managing the Arts component of Define American. Yosimar graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A in Creative Writing. His work as a poet has been published in numerous anthologies. He joined Define American with experience in the non-profit arts sector as well as a performance arts background. His one man show, Prieto, will debut in June 2016. Learn more about Yosimar’s current work at

Kristen Marston

Entertainment Media Manager, Los Angeles, CA

As a part of the Entertainment Media team, Kristen is responsible for expanding Define American’s impact in television, film, and entertainment. Before joining Define American, she was employed at The Director’s Guild of America, where she worked on diversity initiatives and advocated for equal employment opportunities for diverse directors. Prior to her work at the DGA, Kristen coordinated marketing campaigns and large-scale events for clients including Nike. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Professional Studies in Organizational and Professional Communications, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of Denver. She is passionate about socially conscious messaging and representation in the media.

Monica Medellin

Video Producer, Los Angeles, CA

Responsible for creating video content at Define American. In her previous work, she was Associate Producer at #EmergingUS, the production arm of Define American and a production assistant at the Los Angeles Times. In addition to video production, she has worked in entertainment media and music at SpinMedia, VIBE and REVOLT TV. Monica is passionate about telling stories that reflect the true diversity of our country. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon.