A recent update from Laureen indicates that she is continuing her work with indigenous communities. She writes:


II am  currently in the thick of things helping to shape curriculum for a post secondary education center that will serve indigenous peoples. From September I will be stationed in one of the indigenous communities in a special wetlands area of Guyana.[8-18]


Before coming to CIE some of her work included:


During my fourteen years as a researcher in the Amerindian Research Unit at UG, I was mainly engaged in ethnographic research activities that focused on Amerindian life and culture. But I was able to find many opportunities to be involved in development-related work, whether it was in an advisory capacity, or more directly as a project coordinator or trainer.  From 1992 to 1998, I served as a regional coordinator and trainer for “The Community-Based Rehabilitation Programme.”  This was an integrated development program that offered knowledge and skills in literacy, numeracy, primary health care, early child development and issues involving disabilities to adults from approximately 40 Amerindian villages in the Rupununi Savannahs.  During 1998-1999, I worked for the Caribbean Center for Development Administration (CARICAD), as a resident coordinator and trainer for a nationwide project on “Public Policy: Regional Administrations” for government administrators and community leaders. Both of these projects required working with adults in non-formal educational settings.


I moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to join my husband in 1999.  There, and until joining the CIE, I worked mainly as researcher on a number of health-related and social research projects in the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. 


Email: lpierre@mindspring.com


Entrance Year: 
Graduation Year: 
5-year span: 
CIE Graduate