Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Sofia Khatoon

Sofia Khatoon
First Year
Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience
South Barrington, IL

“I am incredibly passionate about the treatment and allowance of refugees in Western countries. In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in the number of people facing war and persecution in their home countries. Those fleeing from these conflicts look to the freedom of the West for protection and guidance but more and more are finding themselves denied or shunned from their one source of hope … The motivations of a governing body’s acceptance or denial of asylum is often concealed in layers of bureaucratic language or is plainly hidden. I’d like to focus my research on discovering these motivations and I plan to do so by interviewing local government officials, lobbyist groups, non-profit groups, and, of course, refugees themselves. I believe that understanding the motivations behind granting or refusing asylum will give us as a society greater insight into the barriers that refugees face based on societal stereotypes or economic implications, and that this knowledge will allow us to work around misconceptions and maximize our ability to help refugees in need.”