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Ethnic and Racial Changes in South Central Los Angeles

This pilot project, funded by the United Parcel Service Endowment Fund at Stanford, focused on the consequences of changing ethnic and racial demographic patterns in Compton over the past fifty years. A research team headed by Professor Al Camarillo included doctoral students Christopher West (History, USC), Ilda Jimenez y West (Anthropology, USC), and undergraduate research assistant Jeff Camarillo (senior, University of Pennsylvania). The second phase of the summer pilot project concentrated on the collection of oral history interviews from a number of Compton residents reflecting a cross-section of the city’s citizens. Based on the pilot project, a full-scale interdisciplinary research project proposal will be prepared for submission to foundations. The project will focus on issues concerning the state of Compton’s public schools, civic participation and coalition building among Latinos and African Americans, economic needs assessment of the city’s infrastructure, and community-neighborhood revitalization.

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