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NLU Professor offers unique insight into the realities of unaccompanied migrant children

heidbrinkblogWith an unprecedented increase of Central American migrant children to the U.S., there is an urgent need to examine the realities of children beyond their initial apprehension by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. While the issue has recently garnered widespread attention, the following insights remain absent from the national conversation:

  • Detailed accounts of conditions within Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities,
  • Discussion of the long-term impacts of migration and detention on children, and
  • Experiences of children and their families following deportation.

In her book, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, NLU Assistant Professor Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. takes a timely look at how young migrants navigate the legal and emotional terrain beyond apprehension while examining essential areas surrounding this issue. Over a three-year period, she observed operations in 12 facilities, interviewed over 100 migrant youth from 19 countries both in detention and following release, and interviewed over 350 stakeholders in the U.S., El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State, by Lauren Heidbrink“This timely study shows the contradictions and complexities of the way children are treated under both immigration and family law, giving serious attention to their agency, and bringing their voices to life.” —Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Heidbrink is an anthropologist, Co-Director of the NLU Public Policy program, and teaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department. She received a doctorate in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University, joint master of arts and master of science in International Public Service Management from DePaul University, and a Bachelors in City Planning, Latin American Studies, and Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia. Her research and teaching interests include childhood and youth, transnational migration, performance and identity, law at the margins of the state and Latin America.

Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests is available through the University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia).

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

An exciting spring semester has come to an end and I am closer to accomplishing the degree that I am diligently pursing.  Now the big question is, “What am I going to do for the summer?”  I usually spend a good portion of my summer catching up on my reading.  I organize my reading in three categories:  academics, inspirational, and pleasure.

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Connections for Life

 

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Connections for life. What does that really mean? When this poster went up on Michigan Avenue outside the Chicago campus, I began to wonder why we need connections for life, what it means to have connections for life, and what it takes to maintain those connections for life. I then found a great article posted 1 year ago titled, “Hire Economics: Why Applying to Jobs Is a Waste of Time,” and my questions started forming their own answers:

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CPS eighth-graders, NLU psychology students share experiences

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On Thursday, May 29, 50 eighth-grade students from Burroughs Elementary School in Brighton Park on the southwest side of Chicago visited with the students in my LAP 202: Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence class at NLU. The purpose of the visit was twofold: to provide the younger students with a chance to visit a college campus and talk with college students about post-secondary education and to provide my students the chance to talk with a group of young people from the population they are studying.

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Triumph in the face of transition

shutterstock_101575579As summer draws near, many of us will face major changes in our academic and professional lives. Some members of our community will participate in commencement, others will begin internships or new employment, and still others will continue their studies with new courses. While transition is a natural part of life, it can produce fear of the unknown as well as excitement for new growth opportunities. Recognizing these feelings and using the following strategies can prepare you for a seamless and successful transition.

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NLU, Prairie Crossing partnership gets kids excited about science

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In April, NLU Associate Professor Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., was invited to share with Anne Marie DePaz’s third- and fourth-grade students at Prairie Crossing Charter School how he “invented” the “pop” in Pop Rocks.

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IME scholarship recipients celebrate community service

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Today, student recipients of Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) scholarships presented their community service experiences at NLU’s Chicago campus. Fifteen IME-Becas scholarships were awarded last fall by the Consul General of Mexico in Chicago to Harrison Fellows or Pioneer scholars in undergraduate programs as part of an effort to assist students of Mexican origin. Service comprises one important aspect in which awardees are expected to give back to the community.

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Meet Anthony Owens, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I grew up on the West side of Chicago. My parents were very strict, so that helped with my transition to the military. Before I entered the military, I went to college for one year on a basketball scholarship. However, I lost my scholarship and started working at UPS to earn money to attend school. I decided that path wasn’t for me at the time and chose to enlist in the military.

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