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Pitzer College’s Nancy Castillo Named Fulbright and Coro Fellow

Nancy CastilloNancy Castillo ’05 has been named a Fulbright Fellow to Ecuador to research the ways in which populations there use grassroots community organizations and innovative institutions to foster economic activity and finance their daily lives. Nancy majored in political studies and Latin American studies at Pitzer. She participated in Pitzer College’s Summer Study in Japan program and the African Diaspora Studies program in Ghana.

Her work will focus on remittances, money sent by emigrants to their families in their home communities, which are an extremely valuable source of income to people in Latin America.

“I am eager to learn to what extent they play a role in the general economic improvement of Ecuador. I propose to examine these systems and evaluate the impact they have on indigenous Ecuadorian women and the populations in which they live. Women are the focus of my study because they represent the large majority of the informal economy,” Nancy says.

Nancy’s professional goals include economic development in Latin America and public policy or law in the U.S. with a focus on the Latino experience.

“Remittances are a very familiar concept to me and I am further exploring this subject through a Mexican case study for my senior thesis on Latin America,” Nancy says. “The methodology I used to conduct my research in Ghana proved to be effective. Therefore, I will apply a similar methodology in Ecuador.”

Nancy has also been chosen as a 2005-2006 Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. She will be based in the Los Angeles Coro Center and will take part in a series of internships, interviews, public service projects and seminars. They were among 64 interns chosen from a pool of 300-400 applicants nationwide.

The Coro Fellows Program is the most long-standing and well known of the Coro programs. It is an intensive nine-month, full-time, graduate-level program. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the program is rigorous and demanding, and is an unparalleled opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Nancy attended Cathedral City High School in Cathedral City, near Palm Springs.