Learning about immigration near the seat of government where politicians are debating that same topic was an exciting opportunity for Isaiah Fish, Trevecca senior from Hendersonville, Tenn. When his social justice professor told him that students could apply to attend a conference in Washington, D.C., on the subject of immigration reform, Fish saw an opportunity to expand his classroom learning and applied.
Each applicant had to write a 1,000-word essay that explained why he or she was interested in immigration reform and described the writer’s experience with immigrants. “I wrote about my work with World Relief, something I have been doing through my senior seminar. I also wrote about my own experience as an immigrant in a foreign country, when I went to Croatia on a mission trip with other Trevecca students,” explains Fish.
His essay must have impressed conference planners because Fish was selected to be one of 15 university and college students who were invited to the G-92 Conference on Immigration, all expenses paid. G-92 was sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals and World Relief and was held February 15-16.
The conference, said Fish, added to his understanding of the theological and biblical responses to immigrants and about economic and political reasons for immigration reform. “This conference stressed the need for followers of Christ to advocate for immigration reform,” Fish notes.
Fish, a social justice major with minors in religious studies and public policy, will graduate from Trevecca in May. He plans to attend graduate school in the fall.