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Abandoned Schools to Community Centers

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In Puerto Rico, 673 (44%) public schools closed due to lack of student enrollment between 2007 and 2018 (Othering & Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley et al., 2020), 184 of them in 2017, the year of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Abandoned school buildings are for sale or lease across the island. Our sponsor, La Goyco, is a non-profit organization that has successfully acquired and repurposed a vacant school building into a community center. The goal of this project was to conduct interviews with La Goyco and similar organizations to assist communities who want to rescue their community’s abandoned school. We created a deep case study of our sponsor La Goyco, a general guide website for those who are looking to repurpose a vacant school building, and started a network of community centers to help form collective action.

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  • E-project-050222-114215
  • 66966
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  • 2022
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UN Sustainable Development Goals
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  • 2022-05-02
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