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Leah Mundell is a lecturer at Northern Arizona University in the USA, where her work focuses primarily on issues of migration and community engagement. For the past five years, in her capacity as an applied anthropologist, she has had a connection with the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, helping to develop and evaluate the Women's Platform, a network of refugee and migrant women that supports participants' personal development, social integration, and financial stability.
At NAU, she teaches courses on immigration and cultural anthropology and is a faculty advisor for Community University Public Inquiry (CUPI), an opportunity for undergraduates to conduct community-based research. Her CUPI group collaborates with Northern Arizona Interfaith Council to develop immigrant family support teams in Flagstaff schools. Students in her immigration courses take a multi-day field trip to the U.S./Mexico border to discuss issues such as immigration detention, border security, labor issues, migrant deaths, and environmental effects of current US immigration policies.
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Leah is employed by NAU but also works closely with the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, whose vision is to foster the cultural, social and economic integration of migrants, refugees and South Africans into local society.
The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town promotes development in the Western Cape whilst fostering integration between migrants, refugees, and South Africans. The centre provides a range of services to clients from their premises in central Cape Town.
One of their initiatives in which Leah is involved is the Women’s Platform, a network where women can facilitate connections, share knowledge and resources, and access opportunities. Specifically, the Platform offers a variety of practical peer-led trainings. The network is cultivated through two areas of focus; personal development and financial sustainability. See more at www.scalabrini.org.za.