#5 - Alejandra Gallardo, “UNFCCC COP25 Research on Climate Migrant Narratives.”
Dr. Corrie Grosse, Environmental Studies
What inspired you to select your research topic?
Through my growth as a student, I’ve unearthed a passion for climate justice which involves studying systems that disproportionately harm BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities within the context of climate change. During Fall 2019, I had the privilege of working with Minneapolis-based Latinx grassroots organization COPAL (Comunidades Organizando el Poder y La Acción Latina) MN to explore the connections of climate change and migration in Central America by visiting and witnessing the stories of frontline communities. I used this experience to seek global responses to this issue at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. Coming from a family of Mexican migrants living in polluted environments, I’ve used my research to be an advocate for migrant rights and work towards a sustainable vision for the future.
Which of CSB/SJU's five learning goals applies to your experience conducting research?
To Live Courageously.
It has taken a lot of intention, self-reflection, and goal-setting to guide my undergraduate experience. With the help of many amazing people, I’ve been able to participate in internships, leadership roles, and academic projects that have provided me the skills and knowledge that led to my research.
What advice would you give to future CSB/SJU students that want to participate in undergraduate research or creative work?
Seek and follow the opportunities that get you fired up. Ask yourself why you care about what you do. Challenge yourself. Don’t be afraid to try a new approach or experience. Talk to people about what you’re passionate about, word of mouth will attract more opportunities. Whatever research or work you’re interested in, now is the time to pursue it... you’ve got an amazing array of support and resources to make it happen.