Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media advocacy organization Define American, named one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company.
In 2020, Fortune named him one of its "40 under 40" most influential people in government and politics. His best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. His second book, White Is Not a Country, will be published by Knopf in 2023.
An elementary school named after Vargas opened in his hometown of Mountain View, California in August 2019.
Villanova UniversityVillanova, PA
Carleton CollegeNorthfield, MN
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