Finding a graphic designer or a communications manager who deeply understand migration and humanitarian contexts on an academic and personal level is hard, but not impossible. Finding a migration expert with a background in academics and research who is proficient in all-things communications is hard, but not impossible. It turns out, we do exist!
Gabriella Mikiewicz is a specialist in migration and intercultural communication. She was born in the U.S. to Polish parents and Polish was her first language. Gabriella has lived and worked in 9 countries around the world and currently works remotely. She highly enjoys volunteering and she spends her time illustrating and learning new skills. Her academic interests include diaspora, transnationalism, and integration. Gabriella currently lives in Vilnius, Lithuania and is available for remote or regional projects.
I hold a B.A. in Journalism and Arabic Language from the School of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, USA and an M.A. in Migration and Intercultural Relations from the Erasmus Mundus programme, EMMIR. My M.A. dissertation was titled, 'The intersection of networks, remittances, & migration: a multi-sited analysis of how Eritreans in Norway, Germany, and Eritrea understand and utilise transnational networks'.
For the last two years, I have worked as a Communications Specialist for EMMIR at the University of Oldenburg. This position has taught me a lot about higher education, European institutions, and migration studies from the academic and administrative perspectives. In this time, I have also worked as a Strategic Communications Intern at Seefar Enterprise working on communications campaigns related to irregular migration; as a Freelance Interviewer with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) on a research project related to Polish and Romanian migrants in Norway and Spain. I also volunteer with the communications team at MigrationMatters and hold the position of Director of Student and Alumni Relations at the Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA). All of these positions have been remote or home-based and Gabriella has learned many skills related to remote working productivity and efficiency over the years.
Organising the EMMIR Meet-Up in 2019 was one of the highlights of my Master's. To bring together alumni and students from all over the world, network, and explore our mutual interest in migration topics was really fun and valuable!
A typical "day in the office" for Gabriella consists of checking out new cafes and drinking lots of coffee (pre-COVID of course)! This is Kathee Kaffee in Oldenburg, Germany.
Johannesburg, South Africa. I grew up moving around a lot, and I think it's only fitting I chose a master's programme with mobility as a key feature! I was lucky enough to have studied in Germany, Norway, and South Africa for EMMIR.