Migration Paths - Migration Converges: The Intersection of Migration Pathways

Do migration paths have meaningful effects on interpersonal relationships? Migration Converges is a study to demonstrate the way that diverse and unique migration patterns often still lead to the same intersection points, but what does that mean for human connection? I will be interviewing candidates with different migration patterns who all have connections with UCSB. From my individual experience, I notice that migrants who have many points in their migration pathways are more understanding and compassionate individuals in the world. Each individual I interview has a unique migration pathway, but in some way, they have all intersected my pathway in the four years I have been at UCSB. All of these people are self-aware and find satisfaction in serving their communities and those who surround them. Could this be a result of migration? Does migrating and seeing other parts of the world encourage self-awareness and compassion?


Stevie Sandy

Hello my name is Stevie Sandy and I am the researcher and author of Migration Converges: The Intersection of Migration Pathways. I am graduating in June 2021 from University of California, Santa Barbara, where I double majored in Global Studies and Religious Studies. After graduation I will work at UCSB and I plan to apply for graduate school in the coming years in hopes of studying the Anthropology and Sociology of Religon. I also have special interest in migration and diasporic studies, which is why I wanted to participate in UCSB's Human Mind and Migration project with Impactmania.  My combined interests has me seeking a future career in philanthropy and academia. 

Professor Andrew Aghapour

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Andrew Ali Aghapour is a storyteller and a scholar of religion. He is the Consulting Scholar of Religion and Science for the Religion in America Initiative at the National Museum of American History. His one person show, Zara, is about immigration and the history of monotheism. 
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson has made stops to somewhere around 20 countries for work and play over the last 8 years. He currently works as a Complex Coordinator at UCSB while also running a career designing/coaching business. His credentials include a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, a Master's degree in Postsecondary Administration, and a professional career coaching credential.

Kaitlyn Keys

Kaitlyn Keys is graduating from University of California, Santa Barbara in Summer 2021 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Applied Psychology. She is interested in pursuing a career in developmental psychology and someday hopes to have her own private practice where she can offer holistic mental healthcare to minority populations. 

Camille Talmadge

Camille Talmadge is finishing up her fourth year at University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating in June 2021 with a Bachelors of Science in Aquatic Biology. She is interested in pursuing a career in environmental sciences sometime in the future, but in the mean time is in the process of joining the Peace Corps where she hopes to serve as a community health support agent in Senegal.

Havilyn Nyivih

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Havalin Ibidun Nyivih (she.her.hers) is currently a fourth year Biological Sciences major with a minor in Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently works with college residential housing as an Assistant Resident Director and is ultimately hoping to explore her passion for reproductive health and justice for Black women as a medical professional.

Nathan Russell

Nate Russell is a fourth year Economics major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Although he has migrated westward, he is a product of the Midwest, born and raised in St. Louis and Chicago.

Ebelechukwu Veronica Eseka

Ebelechukwu Veronica Eseka is a Ghanaian-Nigerian immigrant who came to the United States around seven years ago. She is graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelors in Sociology and with two minors in History and Professional Writing. She is taking a gap year after graduation to prepare for the LSAT and work on applications for Law school, but in the meantimes plans to work as a freelance copy-editor.