The Thursday, Dec. 7, “All Things Considered” program on National Public Radio featured a familiar voice: Assistant professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies Alejandra Molina, director of the Intercultural Affairs Center.
The story discussed Gov. Eliot Spitzer's proposal to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, and Molina explained that most farmworkers, many of whom are undocumented, would prefer to have the licenses and live their lives legally. Many farmworker groups favored the governor's plan, which was withdrawn after broad criticism.
Hundreds of illegal immigrants working on fruit, vegetable and daily farms in the Finger Lakes continue to drive without licenses because daily life in rural areas requires them to.
Molina's quote was included in the story, which originated at North Country Public Radio, heard across Northern New York, Northern Vermont, and portions of Ottawa, and originating at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
Molina, a member of the HWS faculty since 1995, she holds a bachelor's and master's from the University of Texas and her Ph.D. from Cornell. She has been director of IAC since the summer of 2007 and continues to lead President Mark D. Gearan's Commission on Inclusive Excellence. Molina was one of the first faculty members to require her students to perform community service as part of the course requirements.
Listen to the story here.