Completed Team Project
Over the course of the year, my issue group, immigration and refugee rights, conducted year-long research around immigration policy and the intersection with mental health. The question we addressed was; the effects of the U.S. immigration process and policies that hinder the quality of life and survival for individuals trying to enter the U.S. as refugees or asylum seekers. While also addressing the lack of mental health resources within the DMV (DC, Maryland, & Virginia) area for resettled refugees.
For our social action project, we took it upon ourselves to create an awareness initiative that was showcased throughout AUx classes. Our video entails us outlining our research along with valuable information regarding U.S. immigration policy and the effects that follow. We went around campus (socially distanced and following all CDC guidelines) and interviewed various students, asking them about their previous knowledge on the refugee crisis. In addition to the video, we launched a social media campaign and personal website that was shared over various mediums, we raised around $200 for MOZAIC, a non-profit organization that aims to provide the Syrian refugees in the DMV area with the necessary support to settle, adjust, and adapt.
I have grown as a leader within American University through various avenues, academically, socially, and personally. I strengthened my communication and interpersonal skills, by conducting research with my issue group and balancing other life responsibilities.
“The difference between a team and a group is that a team has a shared goal. When a group of people work together, it is crucial that everyone is clear on what that goal is.”
If your team has trouble making decisions and seems to battle itself at every critical point, it’s time to do some digging to find out whether or not everyone is on the same page.; and that is what my group did at every critical point. We reflected on the trajectory our project and current work, to make sure we are producing our best work.