Jacqueline Figueroa, Denison University
Jacqueline Figueroa is a rising senior at Denison University double majoring in political science and anthropology/sociology. She is a Denison-Columbus Alliance Scholarship Recipient, a Phi Society member, and a fellow of the anthropology/sociology department. Since her sophomore year, she has served on the executive team for Sisters in Dialogue, a program dedicated to building community among women of color on Denison’s campus. As a child of immigrant parents, she has become deeply interested and passionate about issues around immigration and refugee policy and their effects on conceptions of citizenship. She conducted research through the Denison Young Scholars Program on US asylum policy and how powerful states act hypocritically regarding their supposed obligations towards this vulnerable community. Jacqueline hopes to go to graduate school in political science in order to continue contributing to research in this area, and to translate that research into meaningful and practical contributions to immigrant and refugee communities in the US.