OU assistant professor John Arroyo is one of this year’s recipients of a $50,000 Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, which he will use to create a series of short documentary films about history. and housing for Latinx migrant workers in Oregon.
Arroyo is a teacher of diverse community engagement in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management in the OUs design college. He also directs the Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice at UO, which was established last year with a $4.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
the Whiting Public Engagement Program awarded six fellowships and five seed grants nationwide to scholars working collaboratively on humanities projects that address community challenges in the United States. The program awarded a total of $350,000 in new grants this year.
Arroyo and a team from Casa y Comunidad will use the grant to create films about individual Latino workers, using their oral histories across generations combined with the work of academics and other experts. According to the grant announcement, the project “will trace how new waves of documented and undocumented migration have affected the region’s culture and economy, including a growing housing shortage with dire consequences for workers and society. region”.
“Specific segments of the series will highlight topics ranging from wildfire recovery to intergenerational housing to land use challenges,” wrote Daniel Reid, executive director of the Whiting Foundation. “Each episode will center on a family or individual, incorporating on-location filming to capture their personal housing story as well as interviews with other experts to provide regional and historical context.”
Arroyo’s research focuses on the spatial, political and cultural dimensions of ethnic and racial demographic change. He earned a doctorate in urban planning, policy and design as well as a master’s degree in urban planning and a certificate in urban design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Latin American Studies at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.