Mexican Foreign Affairs UN
Category: News, Student Stories

Title: For Mizraim Belman Guerrero (SFS’20), Studying Culture and Politics Has Led To A Better Understanding Of Immigration Policy And Its Dynamics

Date Published: April 24, 2019

CULTURE AND POLITICS

Snow day!

Since arriving at SFS, Guerrero has taken full advantage of opportunities at Georgetown to expand his engagement with immigration issues. As a Culture and Politics major, he studies the intersection of culture, knowledge, and power, working to understand dynamics that underlie policies affecting immigrants. Guerrero was particularly interested in this major, he says, as “often times culture and politics are viewed as opposites, never integrating into one another.” He was intrigued by the prospect of applying “knowledge from each topic to the other.”

Through his coursework in the SFS, Geurrero says, “I am learning to be critical of the systems around me.” He particularly enjoyed Detouring the Global City with Professor Shiloh Krupar, whom he says “kept me constantly engaged, always feeling like I was learning.” Guerrero also highlighted Immigration and Social Justice taught by Professor Diana Guelespe, which taught him about “immigration history and how it relates to current narratives.”

OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Guerrero has gotten involved with a number of student groups on campus. From “engaging with immigrant rights through UndocuHoyas and Hoyas for Immigrant Rights” to “supporting workers on campus through the Georgetown Solidarity Committee and supporting students of color through Hoya Saxa Weekend,” Guerrero has been able to work collaboratively with other students who care deeply about opportunity and inclusion.

Guerrero’s experience at the UN built on his studies and activism at Georgetown, as the youth delegates were split into committees and were able to engage with all the daily activities of the mission. “I was able to put forth my own thoughts and ideas on resolutions and negotiate on behalf of Mexico,” Guerrero says. He was also able to meet ambassadors from all around the world, including Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs!

Mizraim with Luis Videgaray Caso, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Mexico

Geurrero has formed relationships with a number of individuals throughout the university that have helped shape his time at Georgetown. Among them are staff at the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. “I have had many mentors throughout my time here at Georgetown who have made this space that traditionally hasn’t supported low-income, first-generation undocumented students more welcoming,” he says.

GOING FORWARD

Looking forward, Guerrero intends to become an immigration attorney. “I want to get back and give to my roots,” he says. “The immigrant community and the immigrant rights movement helped foster my growth as a person and as a leader.” He hopes one day to be “the attorney that prevents individuals from being deported,” one that “works with activist organizations to both lobby and further support the community.”  Eventually, Guerrero wants to be an educator. “Some of the most influential people in my life have been those who supported me in academic environments, therefore inspiring me to be part of the change for other students like me.”