April CanahuatiCurrent IIH Fellow
Ed.M. candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
I am a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where I earned my degree in education. Currently, I am an Ed. M. candidate for the Human Development and Education program at HGSE. My area of focus is global, international, and comparative education. Drawing from my personal experience as a first-generation immigrant from Honduras, I am incredibly passionate about studying and working with immigrant youth. My aspiration is to immerse myself in future research and collaborate closely with students and families who are low-income, first-generation, and immigrant communities. Having personally encountered the challenges of immigrating to the U.S. and navigating its education system, I am compelled to channel my efforts into studying and aiding students who face similar circumstances. My ultimate objective is to be a vocal advocate for immigrant education development and to act as a catalyst for positive change. I am also intrigued by education policy analysis, particularly in delving into the intricate processes through which various countries formulate and implement their educational policies. I aim to compare the effectiveness, challenges, and impacts on student outcomes across different nations. I am thrilled to be a graduate student fellow for the Immigration Initiative, and I am deeply dedicated to advocating for and supporting immigrant education. In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time with others, and immersing myself in creative pursuits. I am eager for the experiences and opportunities that this year as a fellow will bring!