Hello There! :)
My name is Alison Perez and I am Sophmore, majoring in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience at the University of San Francisco. This year I was accepted into a program called Esther Madríz Diversity Scholars which is a living-learning community focused on Sociology and dedicated to representing the Jesuit ideals of education and social justice, which the late Professor Esther Madríz embodied. This year the Esther Madríz Diversity Scholars seek to explore the idea set forth by Professor Madríz of “Crossing Borders, Discovering Home.” These borders may be physical, political, or social, but through this program we are begin to analyze its impact. Through this process, we able to arrive at a better understanding of ourselves and of the world around us.
This year, as a member of the Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars I have the opportunity to cross literal borders during a Transborder Experience. Since our focus this year is exploring the roots of contemporary migration across the Americas, I will travel to Nicaragua to learn about the social, political, and economic interconnections between San Francisco and Managua. I will then bring my expereince back to USF and the greater San Francisco community and implement it through service work with immigrant organizations in the Bay Area during the spring semester.
I would greatly appreciate any contributions, thanks for taking your time in reading this and thank you for any donations and helping me study aboard in Nicaragua! :D