We visited Santa Clara University, which is known for supporting undocumented students. This was an important stop for the group because a large number of folks are undocumented. Their contact at the university was a 3rd year student who received full funding as an undocumented student. The organizers expected a great tour which would emphasize some of the same points I did in Berkeley. Instead he focused a lot on pointing out how great the Missions of California are, since there is one located on campus. He also felt really uncomfortable when folks asked him about "racial tensions" on campus. This was a surprise to a lot of us since he said he was the cochair of MEChA on campus. The majority of the folks on the tour are Latin@ and working class, but they are also conscious youngsters who are not afraid to call out a college student on his blind spots. We also stopped by Stanford where a random guy told us that diversity on that campus was AWESOME!
This tour really made me think about identity politics and the power of institutions to force people of color to assimilate in an attempt to increase their social mobility.