Bristol scholarships awarded to Josef Komissar ’22 and Aléjandra Pulido ’22 | by The Spectator | April 2022

By Anna Richardson ’25, Editor

Pulido ’22 will focus on migrant populations from Greece, France, Spain, Togo and Singapore in its project “Pathways of the Displaced, Exploration of Migration Resources”. Photo courtesy of Alejandra Pulido ’22.

Each year, Hamilton awards the prestigious Bristol Fellowship to a member of the senior class with the hope of leading a global research project. This year’s recipients of the $30,000 award are Josef Komissar ’22 and Maria “Aléjandra” Pulido ’22.

After submitting their proposals in October, Komissar and Pulido were interviewed by a panel of Hamilton faculty members. This first interview was followed by a second interview with members of the Bristol family, who have funded the fellowship since 1996. Project proposals must “be imaginative and thoughtful” and “demonstrate a spirit of curiosity and serious potential” to be considered a serious project. candidate.

Komissar’s project, “The Language of Juggling: Cultural Exchange through Performance,” will take him to Australia, Germany and Mexico. Komissar plans to “examine how different landscapes and cultures have impacted the development of juggling and juggling communities around the world.”

By participating in several aspects of community life, such as visiting schools, attending festivals and watching circuses, Komissar hopes to understand the impact of culture on juggling. “I’m particularly interested in youth circuses and their ability to engage and nurture children from all walks of life,” Komissar noted.

Komissar is very excited to join the global juggling community. “One of the most exciting prospects is the opportunity to meet so many new people from completely different backgrounds than me,” Komissar said. “Juggling will provide me with a base to meet new people, even if it just means staying in a public park and juggling passers-by,” he added.

Culture can be expressed through many different art forms and Komissar sees juggling as one of many avenues of cultural exploration. “I think the performing arts can open a window for cultural exchange, and that’s just as true for juggling as it is for anything else,” Komissar said.

Pulido’s research focuses on migrant populations from Greece, France, Spain, Togo and Singapore in his project “Paths of the Displaced, Exploration of Migration Resources”. Pulido seeks to better understand “migration programs and resources, including government assistance, humanitarian assistance, including health care, childcare, education (academic and physical) and educational services. ‘community integration as career preparation’ in the countries she has chosen.

Pulido will get a comprehensive picture of the impact of migration in his five countries by “interacting with aid workers, educators, government officials, healthcare providers and community leaders“, as well as “welcoming the time spent with migrants and refugees to understand movement and integration from their perspective.

Drawing on her own experience, Pulido is committed to improving the experiences of migrants and refugees around the world. “I am a Colombian political asylum seeker and I have the privilege of having obtained American citizenship,” Pulido explained. “I chose to focus on migration because every place I went and every displaced person I met needed more assistance than was provided.”

The scholarship also allows Pulido to learn more about the role she wants to take on in migration services after graduation. “I applied for the Bristol Fellowship because I know I want to help migrants, refugees and internally displaced people, but I don’t know in what capacity I will be able to have the most impact” , said Pulido. Through my project, I can look at the different services provided and better determine where my abilities would have the most significant impact,” she adds.

Pulido is looking forward to gaining a global perspective on migration through the connections she will establish abroad, remarking, “I am really interested in expanding my network in each country and meeting people with similar experiences and perspectives. different, so I can develop my own. growth.”

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