Mentor: Dr. Maria Stoilkova
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I applied to the University Scholars Program because it provides me the opportunity to carry out in depth research on my anthropological interests. The program will give me invaluable research experience and allow me to give back to the migrant farmworker community."
Florida Bright Futures
- Migrant Labor Camp
- Hope CommUnity Center
Hobbies and Interests
- New German Cinema
Economic Citizenship and Financial Inclusion among the Migrant Community in Central Florida
This study will focus on the city of Apopka, Florida, which is home to a large immigrant community who are in need of formal banking institutions. Many come from countries where banks are considered to be only for the wealthy; others have had banks in their countries of origin lose their deposits and are skeptical about utilizing formal banking services. This paper will look at the process of financial inclusion among the immigrant community through participant observation at the Community Trust Federal Credit Union, a credit union setup by the Hope CommUnity Center that seeks to aid immigrants through loans, savings, money management strategies, and establishing a credit history, a prerequisite to upward mobility in America. I seek to understand how financial inclusion leads to changes in subjectivity through contact with service agents that introduce immigrants to dominant American discourses of self-sufficiency. I look at the credit union as one site where this self-enabling occurs.