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Undergraduate Migrations Scholars

The inaugural cohort of undergraduate Migrations scholars are collaborating with the Einaudi Center's Migrations team to help shape the content and direction of Cornell's Migrations Global Grand Challenge. 

These four students across colleges are all migration studies minors who are passionate about critical migration issues. In addition to participating in Migrations initiative programs, they will coordinate an undergraduate migration research symposium, as well as monthly migrations events throughout the semester.

IAD virtual intern Danielle Berkowitz-Sklar ’22 with sea turtles in Costa Rica

Danielle Berkowitz-Sklar

Developmental Sociology

Danielle’s interests include the environment, public health, and human displacement. Her interest in migrations stems from her work on sea turtle conservation with an NGO she co-founded when she lived in Costa Rica. She hopes to keep exploring migration through a multidisciplinary lens encompassing science, history, economics, politics, ethics, and agriculture.


Aliou Jabari Gambrel wears traditional African dress and stands near a bull

Aliou Jabari Gambrel

College Scholar (Intra-African Displacement) & Africana Studies

Aliou’s research attempts to discern and record disparate Senegalese public opinion concerning the nature and intention of economic development programs. Moreover, he aims to center these varied concerns, arguments, and philosophies in an analysis of informal outward migration and transformation of space and civil society.


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Joanna Moon

Biological Sciences

As a biological sciences major, Joanna has always been interested in research centered around the human body, health, and well-being. She is involved with community-engaged courses and organizations that have inspired her to think critically about global health and human rights within underserved communities. She hopes to continue to actively participate in these discussions focusing on access to healthcare for vulnerable migrant populations.


Vanessa Olguin

Vanessa Olguín

College Scholar (Climate Refugees) & Government 

Vanessa’s interests lie in the intersections between migrations, environmentalism, and international relations. She aims to understand the impact of climate change on migration in Central America and how climate migration is examined in international politics. She hopes to continue to discover the impact of international migration policy on climate refugees to ultimately aid in advocacy and policy solutions. Watch Vanessa Olguin '22: Einaudi Student Path (video).