Entries by Nancy Palencia Ramirez

America’s long, fractured history of immigration

  The United States has a long and complex history with immigration, characterized by both a rich tradition of welcoming newcomers and periods of tension, discrimination, and fractured policies. Immigration has significantly influenced the development of American society and culture, both historically and currently. Immigration to the United States has its roots in the colonial […]

Sheila’s Moving Story Recap

Born and raised in Chicago, Sheila is a super-achiever who exemplifies many themes of being the child of immigrants growing up in a vibrant diverse immigrant community.   She speaks to the importance of community resilience and being “surrounded by people like you” who are engaged in activities and “having fun together.” The Catholic Church, community […]

Overcoming Barriers to Citizenship and Immigrant Inclusion

Our own IIH Director Carola Suárez Orozco hosted the second panel, “Overcoming Barriers to Citizenship and Immigrant Inclusion.” On this panel, Eva Millona, Chief Office of Citizenship, Partnership, and Engagement (OCPE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Mary Waters, PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences, and John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, and HGSE […]

The solution to declining college enrollment? Immigrants.

  Over the past decade, higher education has faced steep declines in enrollment at all but the most competitive of colleges. Driven by myriad forces — a drop in the college-age population, rising costs, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a comparatively attractive labor market — students are enrolling at rates that worry college administrators across the nation. […]

Stephanie’s Moving Story Recap

  Though Stephanie was born in Mexico, they left when they were two and have no memories of there, as they have never been able to return. On the other hand, they grew up in a community in Southern California with many others from similar backgrounds who supported one another in a variety of ways—indeed, […]

Estela’s Moving Story Recap

Estela’s moving story is a testimony to and a celebration of multilingualism. She shares with us her complex and “unique” identity as the daughter of Japanese origin and second-generation immigrant growing up in Brazil. They remind her that her “only inheritance is education,” a message reinforced by observing them peruse higher education at night after […]

Daishi’s Moving Story Recap

  Daishi was born in Japan to a Filipino mother and a Japanese father. As a child of mixed origins, he finds himself bullied in school in the monocultural context of Japan. His mother’s father, who had moved to the US and become a citizen, offered to help the families move there. When Daishi is […]

Meet Carola Suárez-Orozco!

What’s your name? My full name is Carola Elisabeth Suárez-Orozco. My birth surname was Jacquet-Francillon—so not much simpler. As such, most just call me Carola. Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I was born in Lausanne, Switzerland and immigrated to the Los Angeles area when I was five. My family […]

Bruno’s Moving Story Recap

Listening to Bruno’s story, we gain insight into what initial entry into the new land feels like from a child’s perspective. We hear of missing extended family, downward mobility and living circumstances, the inability to communicate, and so much more. For Bruno, school becomes a refuge. When he starts learning English, he realizes he is […]

Navigating Immigration Status as a family

Navegando Immigration Status en Familia IIH Speaker Series Presentation Sarah Rendon-Garcia January 30, 2023   The Immigration Initiative Seminar was honored to welcome Dr. Sarah Rendon Garcia, a NSF Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences (SBE) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow.   Dr. Rendon Garcia presented her work around mixed-status families […]