The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Friday, August 21, 2015

"An Immigrant's Story" Nominated for Emmy Award: Sofia Medina's Essex County College Journey

Sofia with Dr. Jeff Lee
As you know, I occasionally write posts on my students and my college. Well, here's another one! I am proud to note that the short film An Immigrant's Story, which features former Essex County College student Sofia Medina (Class of 2014), has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Sofia, a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, who is now at Johns Hopkins University as a pre-med student, credits her faculty research mentor, ECC biology professor Dr. Jeff Lee, a Plainfield resident, as one of the major contributors to her academic success. As undocumented immigrants from Ecuador, Sofia and her family struggled for upwards of 14 years to gain permanent residency in the United States (which they now have). It is worth noting that the ENTIRE Medina family has attended Essex County College--two of Sofia's brothers, Pedro and Sebastian, were my students. You can watch the film below. Also, click on the link below the video for an article on the Medina family's journey from Ecuador to the U.S.

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