Skye Allmang, MSW, MPP
Site: Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) Mexico City, Mexico
Mentor: Carlos Vilalta, PhD, CIDE
Update from the Field
by Skye Allmang, candidate, PhD in Social Welfare
¡Hola from Guadalajara!
To prepare for my summer research project in Mexico City, I completed intensive coursework in Spanish at the University of Guadalajara. I was part of a month-long program called the Programa de Español para Extranjeros (PEPE) with about 28 students enrolled from various universities around the world.
PEPE staff (pepitos), faculty and our summer 2016 class of students with the executive vice president of the University of Guadalajara.
On Fridays we took cultural trips, one of which was a visit to a pre-Hispanic archaeological site called Guachimontones, which is known for its circular stepped pyramids.
Guachimontones, a pre-Hispanic archeological site, near the town of Teuchitian in the state of Jalisco.
Research and Fieldwork
The grant from the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America has provided me with great opportunities both to conduct empirical research and to connect with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners working with youth in Mexico. My collaboration with Dr. Vilalta at CIDE has been particularly fruitful, as it has provided me with additional research experience, and allowed me to connect with other people working on issues related to youth crime, mental health, and employment in Mexico City. For example, I had the chance to meet with the Subsecretary for the National Program for the Social Prevention of Violence and Crime in Mexico. Overall, the experience I had living in Guadalajara and Mexico City this summer will be very helpful in laying the foundation for future research in Latin America.