Dying to Cross

Dying to Cross, is a student led project and visual tribute, that commemorates the men and women who died in pursuit of their American Dream. Dying to Cross remembers those who fell victim last year to the Sonoran Desert in their effort to cross the United States-Mexico border. Students on campus, many of whom participate in ALAS, the Association of Latin@ Students, are making the tribute by placing crosses in the ground throughout the campus. The crosses will bear the names and ages of those who died.

The visual representation can be seen annually throughout campus during the last week in October and the first week in November. A candlelight remembrance vigil is held on campus, with prayers in both Spanish and English.

Dying to Cross is a project that's close to the heart of Ariana Silva, a student at Edgewood College. It's not a class project, she says, it goes much deeper. "My whole family immigrated," Silva says. "More than anything, I ant to bring awareness to the fact that people are dying in their desire to achieve their American Dream. I want us to move past what too often a partisan issue, to see that this is a human issue."

This is just another great example of how students at Edgewood College connect their learning, beliefs and action.