Carlos Zapata

Carlos Zapata

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Carlos is a Colombian undergraduate student who is currently enrolled in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. Presently, he is finishing a Major in Political Science with a Minor in Human Rights and Spanish. Since 2011, Carlos has been working with different non-governmental organizations and student movements to improve the quality of life of low-income families in the city of Cali, Colombia. His most recent projects in the city of Cali have been in the area of housing deficit and public upgrading projects, environmentally sustainable projects, and workshops for the promotion of sustainable peace in comunas with high rates of violence. He is interested in the straitening of democracy and democratic institutions in regions of Colombia that are affected by the internal armed conflict. He is also interested in the perception of democracy and political participation in urban communities with high rates of internally displaced persons. Finally, he is interested in the effects of internally forced displacement and the expansion of latifundios with respect to poverty, exclusion, violence, and inequality in urban centers.