Guttman Student Conducts Ethnographic Research in Belize

May 29, 2018 | Academics, Experiential Learning, Research

Tasreen Rahman

Tasreen Rahman in Belize conducting research.

Tasreen Rahman, an Urban Studies major and part of the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP), traveled to Belize in April with Professor Kristina Baines to conduct field research on perceptions of happiness in a rural Maya community in southern Belize. She conducted participant observation and semi-formal ethnographic interviews and also co-facilitated a PAR workshop with Professor Baines in the community, focusing on community ideas of health and happiness.

This was actually Tasreen’s second visit to Belize as she was a participant in the 2017 Global Guttman Belize program. She is planning to take a gap year after graduating from Guttman this June to volunteer and travel and then plans to pursue a bachelor’s related to social justice interests (potentially anthropology).