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Jenn Miller Scarnato, PhD Candidate 2018

Jenn Miller Scarnato is a PhD student in the interdisciplinary City, Culture, Community program in the Social Work track. She works as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Figley and a Teacher Assistant in the Trauma track. Jenn's research and practice interests center around video-based narrative approaches to trauma treatment, Central American migrants, and indigenous cultural resilience. Jenn holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Immigration and Migration and a Master of Arts in Women's Studies and Gender Studies.

Prior to beginning her program at Tulane, Jenn spent two years living and working amongst the indigenous Maya of Guatemala as the in-country director for an educational organization that supports youth in making short documentaries to preserve their cultures. She has more than ten years of experience in the non-profit and public sector, with most of her work focused on immigrant and refugee rights and services, public policy and community organizing, and programs for at-risk youth. Jenn is a native of Texas, speaks fluent Spanish, and is a filmmaker in her spare time.