Current Scholar

Mónica Gutiérrez

PhD Student, Social Work
Mónica Gutiérrez
Academic Institution: Arizona State University Location: Phoenix, Arizona Cohort Start Year: 2018
Research Topics: Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Community/Civic Engagement, Economic Stability, Environmental Justice, Public Policy, Public, Population, and Community Health, Racial Justice
Populations Served: Low-Income Communities, Urban Communities

Mónica’s research focuses on structural and institutional racism and how this affects the inequitable distribution of power, land, and other resources for racial and ethnic minorities. She is particularly interested in the use of participatory research to inform social policy and systems change. She is inspired by her years of work experience in various sectors of service delivery including child welfare, veterans’ health, criminal justice, and health promotion. Her research experience includes collaboration with marginalized communities utilizing community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches to ask and answer questions of interest to the community.

Mónica Gutiérrez, MSW is a daughter of immigrants, born near the U.S./México border, and raised in the California Central Coast. She is a first-generation college student, and currently a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University (ASU).

In addition to her coursework, Mónica is a Senior Research Specialist with the Office of Evaluation and Partner Contracts at the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, where she works in partnership with a wide array of agencies and communities to perform evaluations and disseminate findings that support effective research-based interventions aimed at eliminating health disparities. She volunteers with the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at ASU, providing mentorship to first-generation college students. Mónica holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at ASU, which allows her to apply a comprehensive view of systematic tools and conceptual models for analyzing, understanding, planning, and implementing effective delivery of public services.

Does Power Impact an Individual’s Ability to Maintain Place, Space, and Identity? A Community Study.

The interrelationship between gentrification and displacement continues to be a highly contested topic. Historically, the debate has been grounded in whether the displacement is a process of voluntary or involuntary movement and whether neighborhood residents benefit from gentrification’s economic opportunities. However, whether displacement and gentrification are mutually exclusive should not be the focus. The issue lies in whether an individual’s sense of place and space has been altered through their movement in or out of a neighborhood.


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