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Sarah Lowe (Pre-Dissertation Fellowship '17) Receives $57,500 National Geographic Grant

In 2017, Sarah Lowe was awarded the CRF $10,000 Pre-Dissertation Fellowship for her research with the Bhutanese Society of Western Massachusetts. Sarah has recently received a National Geographic Grant to facilitate her dissertation research on the coping mechanisms of undocumented immigrants in order to increase resiliency in these communities and understand migration policies through the lived experiences of immigrants.

Sarah works as a Digital Strategist for Define American, a non-profit media organization that uses the power of story to shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America. In 2012, the nonprofit Define American helped 30 undocumented immigrants across the nation come out publicly about their status in a TIME Magazine cover story.

This story helped to directly impact migration policy decisions and under the Obama administration the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was formed changing the narrative on the undocumented community in the United States. The National Geographic project, currently titled, "American Dreamin': Rediscovering a 'Nation of Immigrants,'" documents the lives of these 30 people after their stories and undocumented status was revealed publicly. 

The final piece of the project will be an interactive essay exclusive for National Geographic publication.