The Harvard Immigration Project Fellows Program offers advanced level doctoral students at Harvard University the opportunity to receive additional training and support for one academic year.
IIH executive committee members, faculty affiliates, partners and others at Harvard University offer a wide array of opportunities for the campus community to engage with issues of immigration.
Immigration & Democracy Podcast Series
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Knocking Down Barriers to Inclusion: School Social Workers, Advocacy, and Equity for Immigrant Students
By Sophia Rodriguez, Benjamin Roth, and Leticia Villarreal Sosa
Immigrant students face numerous barriers to equity in public K-12 schools. Extensive research has enhanced our understanding of these barriers, their impact on immigrant children, and how educators and administrators address them. Schools are complex organizations with a range of personnel who ideally work together inside and outside of classrooms to ensure that all students have access to quality education. A complete picture of how schools are supporting immigrant students—and why, at times, they may fall short—must therefore explore how all school-based actors contribute to advancing equity.
This issue brief summarizes findings from a study of school social workers to explain their role and contribution in the collective effort to advance equity for all.
UndocuVeritas launched in February 2021 as a support hub for the undocumented and immigrant community across all Harvard schools, funded by the Harvard Culture Innovation Lab Fund.
The primary goal of UndocuVeritas is to connect undocumented students virtually through a secure technology platform, and they would love for you to join!
Cerise Lim Jacobs
Cerise Lim Jacobs is the founder of White Snake Projects, a company which commissions, develops and produces original opera of the highest production values. She creates new American opera from her chequered past in multicultural Singapore and her sojourns around the world. Her original libretti are inspired by the myths that live in our imaginations and the excitement of current events and people she encounters. A recommended piece to check out is critically acclaimed opera "I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams." We recently conducted a forum called "Immigration: Dreaming of a Real Future" where we discuss of being immigrants, documented and undocumented, in America. Listen to the Immigration and Democracy where we discuss the power of opera in activism.
Pierre R. Berastain, Director of the OSAPR at Harvard University
Pierre is the director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR), which works to support members of the community who have experienced interpersonal harm. They also create programming to raise awareness and engage the larger community in preventing harm. While he's been in this position for two years, his relationship to the University goes back to his years as an undergrad at the College. Pierre is a proud alumnus of the Divinity School and a DACA beneficary.
Ieva Jusionyte, author of Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border
What happens when a border wall splits a binational community? How does security infrastructure use wounding as a method of deterring those who are unwelcome in this country? And why does it harm even those it is designed to protect? Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of California Press, 2018) examines these questions from the perspective of Mexican and American firefighters, EMTs and paramedics who are charged with mitigating the deleterious human effects of hardline border policies.
Bringing together people who care about immigration to promote positive change