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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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    • Cecil Benitez

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      Born in the state of Durango, Mexico, Cecil and her mother came to the United States hoping to flee economic hardships when Cecil was nine years old. In California, Cecil adjusted to life as an...

    • Shinichi Daimyo

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        Shinichi witnessed first-hand the trauma experienced by the Vietnamese boat refugee community when he was growing up in Los Angeles. The stigma toward mental health issues and the lack of access...

    • Daniela Delgado

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      Daniela is a Resident Physician in family medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and migrated to Miami, FL at the age of twelve with her mom and sister. Her...

    • Amal Elbakhar

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      Amal is litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. Amal has had one foot rooted in Arab immigrant culture and the other in the classroom of social justice since her family...

    • Ayan Hussein

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      Born to illiterate parents in Mogadishu, Somalia right before the civil war broke out, Ayan has sought refuge across country borders twice in her life. First, her family moved to a refugee camp in...

    • Evgeniya Kim

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      Evgeniya’s heritage lies in four generations of border crossings. Born in what is now North Korea, Evgeniya’s ancestors moved to Russia’s Far East in search of a better life. Falling victim to...

    • Allen Lin

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      Allen developed an interest in networks from an early age. He remembers spreading open a New York City subway map on the kitchen floor of his childhood home and searching for all of the different...

    • Ismael Loera Fernandez

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      At the age of eleven, Ismael’s life was turned upside down when his family moved from Tamaulipas, Mexico to Houston, Texas. The move was sudden; Ismael never got to say goodbye to his friends, nor...

    • Paras Singh Minhas

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       Paras would like to curtail the alarming rate at which neurodegenerative disorders are increasing across the globe. By finding novel research strategies and investigating the political and...

    • Polina Nazaykinskaya

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        Born in Togliatti, an industrial city on the Volga River in Russia, Polina was surrounded by music growing up. Polina’s mother often recalls when, at just two years old, Polina reached for the...

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