Lauren Whitmer, Ph.D. Candidate in Social Work and Anthropology, is the 2021-2022 recipient of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Alfredo D. & Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled, Finding a Way Through the Violence: How Mujeres Abusadas in Lambayeque, Peru Navigate Formal and Informal Help-Seeking.

LACS offers one Ph.D. candidate the Alfredo D. & Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Dissertation Award each year to support dissertation write-up. We particularly encourage dissertation projects that have interdisciplinary appeal. After a thorough review of many wonderful proposals this year, the LACS selection committee is pleased to recognize the high quality of Lauren Whitmer's scholarly work.