Dare to Dream: What it Feels Like to Be an Immigrant in Park City

The Crest Speaker Series was created in 2017 to thank Park City Community Foundation supporters. The goal was to build a community and introduce philanthropists to one another. On April 20, 2018, Park City Community Foundation hosted its second Crest Speaker Series event of the year.

As part of our work to create an enduring philanthropic community for all the people of Park City, we hosted an incredibly moving Crest Speaker Series event. The event centered on a panel discussion on DACA and Immigration in Park City with Kate Barber, Enrique Sanchez, and Dalia Gonzalez, with our board member Bob Richer moderating. We were touched by the emotional stories shared by local Parkites Dalia and Enrique of their experiences  – both challenging and inspiring – as immigrants in Park City. We also learned from Kate of Immigrant Legal Services about some of the legal battles that immigrants face.

We host our Crest Speaker Series as a benefit to our wonderful donors. Among other programs, our Crest members support our Community Fund Grants programs and wonderful organizations such as Immigrant Legal Services, Park City Education Foundation, Christian Center of Park City, and People’s Health Clinic. Our Giving Guide is a good resource to learn more about the good work nonprofits are doing in our community.

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Thank you to our sponsor Done to Your Taste for making this event possible.

As organizer of Live PC Give PC, Park City Community Foundation builds broad engagement and diverse support to create wide community impact, and helps get financial support to the nonprofits that make our community a better place. The signature Crest Speaker Series is open to Pinnacle, Apex, Summit, and Crest level donors, as well as special invited guests. If you’re already a supporter – thank you!  If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Crest donor, click here or please reach out to Sam Mueller: sam@parkcitycf.org.

We look forward to seeing you at future events!

KATE BARBER is senior attorney at Immigrant Legal Services. If there is one thing that Kate has learned, it is that everyone’s situation is different. She tries to understand and analyze the unique aspects of each case and provide clients with various options that fit their unique needs. Kate spent the last three years in private practice. Before that she worked with Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City in the Immigration Legal Services department. Kate has handled removal defense, asylum, SIJs, adoptions, citizenship, consular processing, and many other cases. Kate has represented hundreds of immigrants in proceedings before USCIS, the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, criminal courts in Oklahoma and Utah, and the Department of Labor.

ENRIQUE SANCHEZ has lived in Park City since he was two years old with his mom and dad and 3 siblings. He came to the US with his family as a very young child and has very few memories of his birth place. He graduated from Park City High School in 2016 and is currently attending Salt Lake Community College. Enrique is studying Criminal Justice and while in school he is also getting hands on learning while working at the Park City Police Department as a Technical Specialist. He also works at the PC MARC.

DALIA GONZALEZ is a proud bilingual Latina, Mexican American to be exact, with an immense love of her identity and for everything and everyone that has been a part of her development. Dalia comes from an immigrant family. She grew up in Park City and was the first in her family to attend college. She received a BS in Human Development & Family Studies and International Studies with a Global Health Emphasis from the University of Utah. Dalia calls Park City home and loves to serve her community, especially the youth and parenting adults. Dalia is the Community Educator and Teen Council facilitator for Summit and Wasatch County. Dalia has been with Planned Parenthood Utah for five years. She started as a clinical assistant and now brings that knowledge to her current fieldwork.

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