Ben Horvath and Carrie Gates | Apr. 22, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
Last summer, Notre Dame senior Marianinna Villavicencio brought the perspective and research skills she gained as an anthropology major to her home country of Guatemala, exploring issues facing the country’s ethnic minority for her senior thesis project.
With the help of a grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Villavicencio focused on the governmental policies geared toward indigenous populations in Guatemala and the cultural factors that prevent their upward mobility.
Many indigenous Guatemalans, she says, live in poverty, without access to clean water or quality education. While there are existing government policies intended to promote integration in the country, Villavicencio says they are “superficial.”