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Aroni Co-Awarded Blum Center PASS Award

Aroni Co-Awarded Blum Center PASS Award

Renzo Aroni

Congratulations to History graduate student, Renzo Aroni! Along with his co-awardee, Native American Studies graduate student Carlos Tello, Renzo was awarded a UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economics Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS) project grant. The title of their project is "Development of a multidisciplinary sustainability project for the urban indigenous community of Cantagallo in Peru." The abstract for the project is as follows: 

This proposed project represents a first step into the development of a multidisciplinary sustainability project to aid the urban Indigenous community of Cantagallo in Peru. Cantagallo is an urban Shipibo-Konibo Indigenous community located in Lima, the capital of Peru. Cantagallo residents maintain the traditional Shipibo-Konibo lifestyle, which includes the making and selling of craftwork to sustain themselves economically, a communal political and cultural organization, and the maintenance of the Shipibo language. Most Cantagallo residents endure poverty and lack of access to formal education, work and property. Developing projects that address the many hardships the Shipibos living in Cantagallo endure is particularly challenging, though, due to scarce basic information about the community, including census data and insight on urban Shipibo epistemologies. Therefore, this project is designed to develop ethnographic and statistic databases on the community through field research in order to address the lack of relevant information on Cantagallo. The project is divided in four topics: health, education, food security and production. After concluding the field research, we will actively recruit domestic and international researchers from universities, and from public and private institutions in order to design and implement a multidisciplinary sustainability project to aid the community. Moreover, we expect the databases to aid local authorities in the development of public policy in regards to urban Indigenous communities.

For information on the UC Davis Blum Center and the PASS project grants, please click here.