Samridhi Jagga

November 16, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Staff and Beyond.

Year of Graduation: 2011
College: School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
Degree: Masters of Labor and Employment Relations
Current Town: Edison, NJ
Hometown: Chandigarh, India

Interests: Immigration, Diversity, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Health Insurance.

Current Title: Compensation Analyst, Port Authority of NY and NJ

Personal Connection to immigration: My whole immediate family doesn’t live in my home country i.e. India anymore. My sister is settled in NJ and is currently a permanent resident. My brother is a New Zealand citizen and lives permanently in NZ with his family. My father passed away in 2009 in India, and my mother has applied for her residency in NZ. My fiancé is currently settled in Jersey City and is on a H1B visa, his company has applied for his residency. I am currently on a student visa looking for sponsorship. Overall I would say I have had a very close connection with immigration since I have actively participated in my immigration process, attended international student immigration discussions, and helped my mom with her immigration process. I have been in the country for almost 3 years now and I won’t lie things were very overwhelming initially. It wasn’t easy acclimatizing to the new environment, culture, people, food, education but now after having fully adjusted, I look back and feel that it wasn’t that bad too. I have been lucky to be surrounded by such good people who not only accommodated me but led me into having better understanding of this new world.

Special Projects with EPID- Joined RIIM during my first year of Masters in Jan 2010 and have been a part of it since then.

  • Background research on target immigrant organizations with special emphasis on the South Asian communities and municipalities.
  • Assisted in surveying and interviewing organizations.
  • Analyzed gathered information and helped in efforts to present it graphically
  • Researched and gathered data for Rutgers Immigrant Infrastructure Map.
  • Gathered data from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on deportations within NJ and US.
  • Participated twice in Citizenship Rutgers.
  • Participant in SAALT ( South Asian Americans Leading Together) conference

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