Christopher Perlera

Critical Point Consulting
Christopher Perlera was born in Boston to Salvadoran immigrants who fled the country’s civil war. He attended the bilingual immersion program “Amigos” until moving to Georgia at age twelve. He is a Goizuetta Scholar and graduate of the University of Georgia, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages. In 2012, he was a candidate for the Georgia State House of Representatives and later joined the Georgia Secretary of State as the Deputy Press Secretary. He’s currently a public affairs consultant with Critical Point Consulting, LLC.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Undocumented: The Art of Breaking Silence

In Georgia, our undocumented students are short-changed by restrictive policies prohibiting access to higher education. We are one of three states with policies that outright ban students from enrolling in universities. Empowering youth to become their own advocates and teaching them how to engage with elected officials unshackles students from existing as a permanent underclass. The process for engaging students must begin by providing outlets for emotional expression through accessible and relatable mediums, such as art, film, or dialogue. Shedding their identity as second-class citizens instills students with the confidence to engage with lawmakers and mobilizes students to seek permanent policy solutions.

Speakers: Bee Nguyen, Christopher Perlera