Welcome New MIRA Staff Members

Welcome Luis Espinoza, a native of Ecuador, who has been publishing La Noticia, a Spanish-language weekly newspaper in Mississippi, for nearly twenty years. He has been associated with MIRA since our founding, and tells our story to Latino communities throughout the state. Luis has extensive relations with Latino communities, and while continuing his journalistic work, he is joining the MIRA staff to help educate, organize and mobilize for our 2019 Civic Engagement Day and beyond.

Welcome to Saurabh Sharma, a citizen of Nepal  who came to United States for a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree  at Mississippi College School of Law, and graduated in December 2018. While Saurabh was in school, he volunteered with MIRA during the summer and fall of 2018. He joined MIRA as a full-time paralegal on January 2, 2019, to assist Attorney Patricia Ice with the MIRA Legal Project. Saurabh is multi-lingual, speaking English, Hindi, and two other languages from the Indian subcontinent; this is of great help in his work with MIRA.

Welcome Kimberly Watson, a native of Raymond, Mississippi. Kimberly is committed to bettering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation by fostering a positive environment for all people. Kimberly believes it is important to have open conversations and embrace the unique multicultural demographics of the United States of America and by doing so it will discourage racism and xenophobia. A graduate of Mississippi State University, she majored in Spanish and History and minored in Political Science. Kimberly taught high school for six years before taking a yearlong sabbatical to Costa Rica to study. She is now a part-time organizer with MIRA and currently working to build participation for Civic Engagement Day.

Welcome to Noel Glover – Noel is from Wheeler, Mississippi and will be a student volunteer with the MIRA for the 2019 spring semester. She is a senior at Millsaps College majoring in Religious Studies and Sociology.

 

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Above, left-right: Kimberly Watson, Saurabh Sharma, and Luis Espinosa during a MIRA staff meeting. In the center of the table are food items being packed into bags for migrants stopping at the Jackson Greyhound bus station.

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