University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Katy Jones '10 Manages Refugee Resettlement Sites Across U.S. for D.C. Organization

Katy Jones '10
Katy Jones '10

During my undergraduate education at the University of Vermont I had the opportunity to pursue my academic interests in a variety of disciplines, but none fit so perfectly as Geography. I was introduced to the field during my sophomore year after enrolling in Geography 060: Race and Ethnicity, which covered topics from gentrification to block busting and redlining. I found analyzing topics through the lens of space and place to be a particularly useful way to understand social issues.


My junior year was spent abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark studying issues surrounding migration and identity.  In Copenhagen, I concentrated my studies on the Danish policies surrounding immigrant integration efforts in the inner city region.   In addition, I gained an understanding of the broader European immigration issues through field visits to Vilnius, Lithuania; Istanbul, Turkey; and the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany.


When I returned from Denmark, I continued my research in immigration issues by taking several human geography and GIS courses that allowed me to further purse my interests. My senior year was spent working as a Teaching Assistant for Geography 060 and acting as a Research Assistant for Dr. Bose.  I also completed an independent research project on transnational elites and the spatial construction of expat communities in Singapore.


After college, I accepted an internship in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrant (USCRI) working with the Reception and Placement program.  After a few months, I was offered a full time position with the organization.  I now work as a Program Assistant for USCRI supporting domestic refugee resettlement in six sites across the United States.  In addition, I am the Program Officer for the Citizenship and Integration program in Erie, PA and Raleigh, NC. 


I am grateful to have found such a supportive and tight knit community at UVM’s Geography Department.