It all started when my sister called me in despair to tell me that, in an ironic turn of events, all 3 laptops we collectively owned in my family crashed. It would cost millions of Lebanese pounds to repair them: that's her entire salary over a couple of months to purchase computers to allow my… Continue reading Closing the Digital Divide and Providing Tools to Access Education
Three Key Considerations for Saving DACA During COVID-19
The cancellation of DACA during a pandemic deepens racialized systemic inequities. By Elle Fersan, Blanca Ramirez and Lizette Solorzano published in the CSII Immigrant Integration News Wire. June 17, 2020 Implemented during the Obama administration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a quasi-legal status that provides beneficiaries temporary relief from deportation and work permits.… Continue reading Three Key Considerations for Saving DACA During COVID-19
Immigration & COVID-19
The Truman National Security Project featured me in The Truman Bulletin Member Spotlight (May 2020 Issue). They asked me about Immigration and COVID-19. Here is how the conversation went. How is Trump’s xenophobia and rhetoric impacting immigrants during the pandemic? It is important for Americans to understand that in times of pandemics our health depends, to… Continue reading Immigration & COVID-19
Trump’s Xenophobia Will Exacerbate Crisis
Three Cases for the Immediate Reversal of the Department of Homeland Security’s Deadly Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP)
By Eliane Fersan, Kai Golden published in the CSII Immigrant Integration Wire. Better known as “Remain in Mexico,” the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), which went into effect January 2019, is a duplicitous non-entrée policy masquerading as a humanitarian solution meant to address the thousands of Central American asylum seekers at the U.S. –Mexico border.
The New Executive Order is No Solution: Three Facts on Family Separation and Detention
By Blanca Ramirez, Jody Agius Vallejo and Eliane Fersan. Published in the CSII Immigrant Integration Wire. The Family Separation executive order, and increasing immigration enforcement, will have significant long-term human costs and broad societal impacts. Here are three facts about migration, family separation, and the broader societal consequences of immigrant detention.
Academia, Love Me Back
It’s not only race at play here, it’s also misogyny and a bunch of bias and feers!
Viva Tiffany, these should be reasons why you will not quit and why your place in academia will make a difference.
Last night, I had a conversation with female Middle East Scholars who were discribing the misogyny, patriarchy and lack of ethics among the male scholars in the field. How they undermine women, abuse their position to build on others research and work, and ostracize those who are too humble or too proud to make a scene. I am sick of it!
My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…
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Why Hillary’s win is important to girls, women around the world
Observing and talking to different people the past few days, I could not help this reflection: mothers and parents of girls are more likely to appreciate the historic moment of Hillary Clinton's nomination than mothers/parents of boys. It seems that, mothers in particular, need to be reminded of all the things they were told they… Continue reading Why Hillary’s win is important to girls, women around the world
Winning the Eisenhower Fellowship, an honor and a responsibility
I am getting ready for an exciting two-month journey with the Eisenhower Fellowships, Women Leaders Program 2015 which will take me to Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Sedona, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Miami. Like my explorer ancestors, I will be touring the US's top local and international organizations, public and UN institutions,… Continue reading Winning the Eisenhower Fellowship, an honor and a responsibility