Story+ Project

Unearthing Root Causes of Migration Through Our Stories


Migrant Roots Media (MRM) is a digital platform which amplifies the voices of migrants, children of migrants, and those struggling to thrive in their homelands to unearth the root causes of global migration. We strategically position intersectional voices so they can aid in advancing narratives and political analyses concerning migration and other social issues. Our project will involve working with students who will conduct research on the different social, political, economic, and/or environmental forces that affect people and push some of them to leave their countries of origin. Students will be able to choose which country they investigate and it is highly encouraged that the student make their decision based on a personal connection to this country (for example, it could be their own or their parents’ country of origin). Each student will create a timeline of historical events for their chosen country which will be published in our website, write a narrative that highlights the main topics they encounter and which may include a personal story-telling component, and create a visual that will be presented to an audience in a gallery-style format.

Project Sponsor(s): 

Roxana Bendezú, Migrant Roots Media Executive Director, Social Movements Lab Research Fellow

Graduate Mentor(s): 

Dubie Toa-Kwapong, PhD candidate, Cultural Anthropology


Rebekah Alvarenga, Nima Babajani-Feremi, Carmela Guaglianone, Shania Khoo


  • Oral History
  • Migration
  • Documentary
  • Human Rights