Fay Yurwit

Fay grew up on a hot springs in rural southern New Mexico and is happy to call this desert home. She is a junior pursuing majors in Government and German with minors in History and International Studies. She works as a senior intern with Environment New Mexico, supporting the development of renewable energies throughout the state. She also serves as Secretary for the fantastic Model United Nations Team, which will represent Somalia at an international competition in New York. She is fascinated by local as well as foreign policy and wants to learn as many languages as possible. With the aspiration of a career as a Foreign Service Officer, she is committed to public service and cultural diplomacy. After graduation she plans on joining the Peace Corps before continuing on to graduate school. Her hobbies include art and gardening.


Project Description:

The research project is based in Freising, a suburb of Munich in southern Germany, and continues our preliminary studies in the area from the Summer of 2018. It seeks to identify and analyze the statewide, national, and international policies and frameworks which affect the processing, management, and integration of refugees from various countries of origin into German society. I will work in a refugee camp alongside employees of Caritas (a humanitarian non-profit) and interview social workers, refugees, and German residents to assess how integration is encouraged or inhibited, as well as assessing the public reception of foreigners and how it is influenced by or reflected in policy. We anticipate drawing interesting comparisons between forced migration in Europe and immigration problems in the United States.



  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Complete project
  • Present scholarly work at URCAS
  • Present scholarly work at conference, exhibition, recital, film festival, reading, etc.
  • Take the GRE
  • Apply for graduate or professional school


Fay’s mentor: Dr. Sabine Hirschauer:

Sabine Hirschauer is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Government with New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, USA. Her research interests include security studies, human security, migration, identity, and gender. She is the author of the book The Securitization of Rape: Women, War and Sexual Violence published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. She was a post-doctoral research fellow with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in 2013 and 2014. Most recently at New Mexico State University she led two study-abroad migration crisis service learning programs in 2017 and 2018 to Munich, Germany.