I started volunteering with Fundación Del Empresariado Sonorense (FESAC) in June of 2020, after a fellow Stanford student told me about BCA, FESAC’s partner organization committed to immigrant rights and community development at the U.S.-Mexico border.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue supporting the organization as a recipient of the Monica Miller Walsh Grant. My experience working with FESAC Nogales has been critical to my understanding of U.S./ Mexico relations and border issues.
The community in Nogales, Sonora has found creative solutions in response to the increase in migrant and asylum-seekers arriving at the border during the global pandemic. From modern educational initiatives to sewing workshops, leaders are finding ways to promote quality education and financial independence for the people of Nogales.
I continue to be impressed by the strength and ingenuity with which my colleagues on the Mexican side of the border face challenges. I will continue supporting FESAC Nogales with website content development, bulletin editing, and project management. My experiences and knowledge gained throughout this journey have enriched my academic and professional journeys, and I look forward to our continued collaboration.