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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



Point Loma Nazarene University | California, United States | Advancing SDG 10 & UNAI 7


" Intercultural connectedness drives the ways in which we interact with others. When we increase knowledge and awareness we also increase empathy and understanding. The skills I will gain from the Millennium Fellowship will help me make a difference in my community as I aim to serve two countries. I am excited to grow as a student and contribute to a healthier understanding of immigration while advancing the goals and directives of the UN and the UNAI. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Caught in the Middle: Analyzing the Impact of Migration Policy at the San Diego-Tijuana Border

As a student at Point Loma Nazarene University, I have the distinct privilege of living in a border town. Using my proximity to Tijuana, Mexico, I, along with other students, under the guidance of Dr. Lindsey Lupo will be conducting a hands-on cross-border research project that analyzes the after effects of Trump’s “Remain in Mexico Policy.” This research will utilize elite interviews with Border Patrol Agents (CBP), asylum-seekers, NGO workers focusing on migration, Homeland Security officials, and Tijuana residents. Within this research attention will be given to UN SDG 10 (10.7 specifically) by highlighting the lived experiences of migrant seekers in a comparative lens. Comparison will be drawn between San Diego and Tijuana, highlighting disparities between cities while proposing ways to address the problems of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Special attention will also be given to UN AI 7 which seeks to promote intercultural dialogue through the unlearning of intolerances. Caught in the Middle seeks to foster greater cooperation between both San Diego and Tijuana by highlighting the experiences of migrants and their treatment in Tijuana. Caught in the Middle will look specifically at the experiences of migrants from Haiti and Central America while looking at how origin plays a particular role in treatment. While conducting this research Caught in the Middle will partner with various clubs around campus to foster greater awareness of migration issues in our own neighborhood and provide a space for students, professors, and community members to engage in dialogue as it pertains to Caught in the Middle. Caught in the Middle will write weekly articles in the school's newspaper; The Point, which will detail the work of myself and other students engaged in this project around campus. Caught in the Middle will also partner with Ministry of Mexico, creating forums in which students will be invited to learn about Caught in the Middle’s research, pose questions, and ultimately get involved in a trip to Tijuana where Ministry of Mexico provides humanitarian aid to migrants and low income workers in Tijuana. Lastly, I will be using my position of President of Pi Sigma Alpha at Point Loma to facilitate meetings on campus that analyze Caught in the Middle’s research as it pertains to policy, as this is an issue I am deeply concerned with. Therefore, this research will facilitate meetings, groups, and discussions on campus that will bring awareness to migrational issues affecting our next door neighbors, foster greater intercultural dialogue between students and the needs of migrants in Tijuana, and provide a space for students to engage with us as we research the ongoing effects of this policy.

About the Millennium Fellow

Janessa Singley is an International Peace Studies major with a minor in History at Point Loma Nazarene University. Her areas of interest include: national security, intelligence analysis and research, military strategy, foreign policy, diplomacy, and Eurasian studies. Janessa has successfully contributed to many organizations on campus, advancing political interests, and cultivating safe spaces for students to share ideas. She has also contributed to international, federal, and local intelligence reports. She looks forward to working with her Fellow peers to help advance the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.

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