Immigrant Council of Ireland manager selected as Obama Scholar – The Irish Times

An official from the Immigrant Council of Ireland has been selected as an Obama Foundation Scholar, the first time a representative from Ireland has been chosen.

Teresa Buczkowska, integration manager at the migrant rights charity, will be part of the fifth cohort of Obama Scholars.

Each year, the Obama Foundation selects between 20 and 30 emerging leaders from around the world to study at Columbia University or the University of Chicago for the academic year. Ms. Buczkowska is one of 12 scholars who will complete a nine-month residency at Columbia University.

In her role as Integration Manager at the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Ms Buczkowska focuses on building migrant leadership as a long-term strategy to tackle inequality and strengthen democracy through migrant participation in decision-making. policies that impact their lives.

Ms Buczkowska said she was “very honoured” to be recognized for her work.

“This is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from the most inspiring activists, scholars and leaders for social change in one of the most imaginative places – New York,” said she declared.

“I look forward to the next nine months of learning and expanding my knowledge and practice on how to strengthen our democracy by including migrants in decision-making processes.”

Valerie Jarrett, executive director of the Obama Foundation, said the program offered students a “unique opportunity” to give and get a glimpse of the work other young leaders were doing in their communities.

Ms Jarrett added that they were “looking forward” to welcoming the new cohort of scholars to the Obama Foundation family.

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