Associate Professor of French George MacLeod is quoted in Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Jacqueline Charles' recent article in the Miami Herald on difficulties facing Haitian migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. The article describes how, during a research trip to Tijuana in late April 2023, MacLeod, who is fluent in French and proficient in Haitian Creole, spoke with many Haitian refugees about their lives. MacLeod relates how the Haitian refugees had difficulty finding employment and enrolling their children in school. One man described going hungry because black market wages could not meet basic expenses.
MacLeod plans to incorporate teaching on the Haitian diaspora into his classes at St. Mary's College. His research conducted in Tijuana, made possible thanks to funding support from his St. Mary's College Pandion Haliaetus Professorship, will form the basis for his presentation at the Haitian Studies Association conference in Atlanta in October, 2023.