How do we, as citizens, support immigrants?

 

For the past year, I have been immersed in working with an immigrant community known as Dependent Spouses. Only allowed to enter the country as a dependent and unable to earn any form of income, I discovered the stories and needs of this community - comprised of primarily women from Asia. 

My journey with them took multiple turns, and we somehow landed in the space of policy and civic engagement. A segment of this community was given work authorizations under the Obama Administration, however the current administration is working on revoking this. This has caused high levels of uncertainty and concern, and quicky these women became my focal point. 

My thesis has been focused on listening and enabling; I have been focused on existing assets in the community, gaps in the current efforts, and ways to bridge these together. I have been focused on building trust and relationships with the community, and been discovering what my role can be in spaces such as these. 

I also landed in the space of civic engagement and have been constantly asking myself, and others: what is our role as citizens to support immigrants? I was exposed to opaque governmental processes, such as rulemaking and public commenting and discovered what true participatory power can look like. 

My intervention, The {In}Dependent Project trains citizens to support dependent spouses through engaging in public commenting effectively. It does so informally, through in-person gatherings and guides to help them best engage. 

Stay tuned, as I share my year-long process! 

 

 

 

  

 

How do we, as citizens, support immigrants?

 

For the past year, I have been immersed in working with an immigrant community known as Dependent Spouses. Only allowed to enter the country as a dependent and unable to earn any form of income, I discovered the stories and needs of this community - comprised of primarily women from Asia. 

My journey with them took multiple turns, and we somehow landed in the space of policy and civic engagement. A segment of this community was given work authorizations under the Obama Administration, however the current administration is working on revoking this. This has caused high levels of uncertainty and concern, and quicky these women became my focal point. 

My thesis has been focused on listening and enabling; I have been focused on existing assets in the community, gaps in the current efforts, and ways to bridge these together. I have been focused on building trust and relationships with the community, and been discovering what my role can be in spaces such as these. 

I also landed in the space of civic engagement and have been constantly asking myself, and others: what is our role as citizens to support immigrants? I was exposed to opaque governmental processes, such as rulemaking and public commenting and discovered what true participatory power can look like. 

My intervention, The {In}Dependent Project trains citizens to support dependent spouses through engaging in public commenting effectively. It does so informally, through in-person gatherings and guides to help them best engage. 

Stay tuned, as I share my year-long process! 

 

 

 

  

 

How do we, as citizens, support immigrants?

 

For the past year, I have been immersed in working with an immigrant community known as Dependent Spouses. Only allowed to enter the country as a dependent and unable to earn any form of income, I discovered the stories and needs of this community - comprised of primarily women from Asia. 

My journey with them took multiple turns, and we somehow landed in the space of policy and civic engagement. A segment of this community was given work authorizations under the Obama Administration, however the current administration is working on revoking this. This has caused high levels of uncertainty and concern, and quicky these women became my focal point. 

My thesis has been focused on listening and enabling; I have been focused on existing assets in the community, gaps in the current efforts, and ways to bridge these together. I have been focused on building trust and relationships with the community, and been discovering what my role can be in spaces such as these. 

I also landed in the space of civic engagement and have been constantly asking myself, and others: what is our role as citizens to support immigrants? I was exposed to opaque governmental processes, such as rulemaking and public commenting and discovered what true participatory power can look like. 

My intervention, The {In}Dependent Project trains citizens to support dependent spouses through engaging in public commenting effectively. It does so informally, through in-person gatherings and guides to help them best engage. 

Stay tuned, as I share my year-long process! 

 

 

 

  

 

How do we, as citizens, support immigrants?

 

For the past year, I have been immersed in working with an immigrant community known as Dependent Spouses. Only allowed to enter the country as a dependent and unable to earn any form of income, I discovered the stories and needs of this community - comprised of primarily women from Asia. 

My journey with them took multiple turns, and we somehow landed in the space of policy and civic engagement. A segment of this community was given work authorizations under the Obama Administration, however the current administration is working on revoking this. This has caused high levels of uncertainty and concern, and quicky these women became my focal point. 

My thesis has been focused on listening and enabling; I have been focused on existing assets in the community, gaps in the current efforts, and ways to bridge these together. I have been focused on building trust and relationships with the community, and been discovering what my role can be in spaces such as these. 

I also landed in the space of civic engagement and have been constantly asking myself, and others: what is our role as citizens to support immigrants? I was exposed to opaque governmental processes, such as rulemaking and public commenting and discovered what true participatory power can look like. 

My intervention, The {In}Dependent Project trains citizens to support dependent spouses through engaging in public commenting effectively. It does so informally, through in-person gatherings and guides to help them best engage. 

Stay tuned, as I share my year-long process!