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Agustín Gutiérrez

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Agustín Gutiérrez is a second-year MPP student at Harris Public Policy. In the summer of 2020, he worked as a consultant with the Institutional Strengthening Program of the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) in Colombia. 

Prior to his time at the University of Chicago, Gutiérrez worked with the the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM), where he lead a joint pilot project between IOM and the University of Pennsylvania to assess the validity of using resilience and wellbeing frameworks to measure and strengthen programs in Colombia that seek to prevent the recruitment of vulnerable adolescents by illegal armed groups. This project involved measuring seven different programs implemented by the government and different NGOs in twenty different regions in the country. As a result, IOM and USAID scaled this pilot up, and Gutiérrez advised IOM in measuring and incorporating such frameworks into all relevant recruitment-prevention programs implemented in Colombia, including a major project between the agency and Colombia’s National Police, which sought to prevent communal violence in critical rural areas. 

Gutiérrez holds an undergraduate in psychology from Universidad de los Andes, where he worked as a research assistant focused on resilience. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and he has been invited to present his research in academic congresses in the United States, Europe and Colombia. 

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.