Nico Kossakowski is an intern at the American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island. Nico is a rising sophomore at Pomona College. He is a prospective history and anthropology double major. This summer, Nico is excited to engage in a research project focusing on how official language in the ship manifests reflects attitudes towards immigration in the early 20th century. He grew up in New Jersey and comes from a Colombian-Peruvian-Polish family.
Fiona O’Reilly is an intern at the American Family History Immigration Center on Ellis Island. Fiona is a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University, with a prospective double major in History and Latin American Studies. Fiona grew up in Brooklyn, attending the High School of American Studies. At Wesleyan, she is involved in Students for Justice in Palestine and is a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Guns and Society. Fiona’s personal connection to Ellis Island deepens her commitment to its mission, as her great-grandparents, Henryk and Wiktoria Buchholtz, embarked on their journey from Poland to Ellis Island about 100 years ago. Inspired by her own family’s history, Fiona is excited for the opportunity to assist other families in uncovering their roots.
Gemma Oshiro is an intern at the American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island. Gemma grew up in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and is a rising junior at Fordham University where she is double majoring in French and International Studies. She is also on the pre-law track and hopes to work in the field of international law. Last year at Fordham Gemma served on the school’s AAPI committee and is looking forward to studying abroad in Paris in the fall. Gemma’s mom is a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines and her dad’s family comes from a line of Japanese immigrants who settled in Hawaii. Due to her own personal connections to immigration, Gemma is ecstatic to be working at Ellis Island and looks forward to helping people connect to their own stories regarding family history and immigration.