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York to York: Keele Campus to Las Nubes EcoCampus

Starts on June 1, 2021 (runs for three months or less)

Join the York University Athletics and Recreation on a virtual journey from our Keele Campus to our Eco campus in Las Nubes, Costa Rica.

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Documentary Screening: More than Migrants (2021)

June 10, 2021, 6 p.m. EST

More than Migrants (2021) follows the lived experience of nine people striving to make a new life for themselves and their families in Costa Rica. The stories told in their own words reveal the strength and resilience needed to overcome challenges to build a new home with dignity and well-being.

The documentary offers viewers a deeper understanding of the lives of migrants and the complex issues they face. 

More than Migrants was directed by Felipe Montoya, with Mathieu Poirier as the academic lead.

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Panel on Social Determinants of Health

June 10, 2021, 7 p.m.

This panel discussion will focus on social determinants of health of migrant workers chaired by Mathieu Poirier (York University) with guest panelists Susana Caxaj (Western University), Douglas Barraza (Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and Universidad Técnica Nacional de Costa Rica), and Felipe Montoya (York University).

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Dr. Susana Caxaj

Guest Academic Content Expert - Migrant Worker Rights 

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing at Western University

Dr. Caxaj's research interest are:
- Global health, including industrial impacts on community and migrant health
- Indigenous health, health equity and cultural safety
- Belonging, inclusion and service access among immigrant populations
- Participatory Action Research
- Social determinants of health and Intersectionality
- Relational and Indigenous ways of Knowing

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Douglas Barraza

Field Production “More than Migrants” Film 

Tropical Forest Engineer, Researcher in Occupational Health and Environmental Hygiene 

Mr. Barraza is a Central American occupational and environmental health researcher based at the Universidad Nacional, Heredia Costa Rica. He is a member of the Eco-Health Community of Practice for Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on social and environmental well-being,  and collaborates with the National Technical University at San Carlos on research projects. As part of the Grounded Project, Mr. Barraza has been instrumental in facilitating introductions to community members featured in the film.  He also coordinates the Central American Employment and Working Surveys project and has expertise in the issues of migrant work and documentation challenges.  He is a PhD student at the Rural Sociology Group at Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands.

Dr. Felipe Montoya

Director of “More than Migrants” Film 

Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, Director Las Nubes Project, Chair of Neotropical Conservation, York University

Dr. Montoya is an Environmental Anthropologist with over 30 years of experience in applied qualitative research among rural peasant and Indigenous communities in Costa Rica.  Felipe has been a Full Professor in the School of Anthropology and Director of the Development Observatory research center at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), as well as Full Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC), Chair in Neotropical Conservation and Director of the Las Nubes Project at York University.  As director of Las Nubes, Dr. Montoya consolidated York University’s Eco-Campus in the Brunca Region of Costa Rica and established an interdisciplinary, international, and experiential Study Abroad program for York students in Costa Rica.  He also created the Audiovisual Support Unit for Anthropology in the School of Anthropology at the UCR. His capacity to bring together diverse experts to develop novel initiatives is fundamental for the Grounded project.

Dr. Mathieu Poirier

Academic Lead for “More than Migrants” Film 

Assistant Professor, School of Global Health at York University 

Dr. Poirier is an Assistant Professor of Social Epidemiology at York University.  His research ranges from evaluating the impact of international laws to developing health equity metrics and generating policy-relevant research on socially and politically determined inequities in health.  He is a member of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on the Global Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance.  Much of his research is in Latin America and the Caribbean, including epidemiology in the Caribbean, health policy evaluation in South America, and using household survey data throughout the Americas. Dr. Poirier has a track record in applied international collaborative quantitative research in the Global South, and teaches global health policy and social determinants of health with the York University School of Global Health.

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Thank you for your interest in the Las Nubes Project!

For information concerning the Las Nubes Project or the Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation, please contact us at

Las Nubes EcoCampus

Santa Elena, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica