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Spring 2019 BARA Internship Symposium

Faculty, students, family members, and community collaborators from Tucson; Nogales, Sonora; and New Orleans, LA gathered yesterday (Thursday, May 2, 2019) to hear presentations about the 2018–2019 Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology intern projects.

Representing the Universidad Tecnológica de Nogales, Sonora were UTN faculty members Omar Velarde Anaya, Verónica Alida Romo García, and Norma Angélica Alvarez Torres. UA presenters were BARA Research Assistants Bailey Stephenson and Sarah Renkert, and BARA Interns Rachel Filippone, Leila Castro, Ramon Driesen, Leslie Pilli, Chris Sauer, Jennie Doss, and Abbey Fluckiger. Congratulations to an outstanding group of students and their faculty mentors (Drs. Ben McMahan and Jessica Nelson) for an exciting and productive year.

Here is a list of the internship programs, presentation titles, and presenters:

The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
The Cloth Diaper Project: Understanding the Social, Economic, and Cultural Components of Cloth Diaper Use in Tucson, Arizona
Presenters: Rachel Filippone, Sarah Renkert

Universidad Tecnológica de Nogales, Sonora (UTN)
“Building a Bi-national Relationship between UTN and BARA”
Presenters: Norma Angélica Alvarez Torres, Leila Vainey Castro, Ramon Driesen, Leslie Pilli, Verónica Alida Romo García, Chris Sauer, Omar Velarde Anaya

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
“Reverberations of Resilience: Deployments and Imaginings of Resilience in Louisiana”
Presenter: Bailey Stephenson
“Responses of Social Service Organizations to the Oil and Gas Downturn in Southern Louisiana”
Presenter: Rachel Filippone

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFB)
“Navigating Food Insecurity: Exploring Food Acquisition Strategies in Southern Arizona”
Presenters: Jennie Doss, Abbey Fluckiger, Leslie Pilli, Sarah Renkert

The internship program will be connecting students to several ongoing projects and several new ones in 2019–2020. Find more information at