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Dieuveut Gaity

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“I’m planning to return to my country post-graduation to help with social problems, chiefly among that population.”

Dieuveut Gaity’s doctoral studies parallel interests and issues he’s both faced and studied his entire life. As a native of Haiti, he has over the course of his life developed an affinity for community social work and intervention, particularly when it comes to Haitian street children.

“I’m planning to return to my country post-graduation to help with social problems, chiefly among that population,” Gaity says. “I'm interested in researching and evaluating their quality of life, lifestyle, and social and cultural practices in order to provide and inform government and international organizations with evidence-based information so that population is better served and understood.”

Gaity’s goals extend beyond providing information for other organizations to better serve Haitian youth. He is currently working with colleagues in Haiti toward developing and strengthening an organization aimed at engaging those youth in the community and education, citing his increasing knowledge of research and research implementation as a source for bolstering the efficacy of the group. “The UBSSW has an awesome research program -- the orientation of the research, the research coursework and the professors are incredible resources for graduate students to take advantage of.”

An outspoken advocate of evidence-based social policy, Gaity aspires to eventually teach a research methods course in Haiti. Additionally, he aims to resume work as a consultant for an international agency like those with whom he previously functioned as a psychosocial project coordinator serving children and families following the devastation of the earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010.

Dieuveut Gaity is a receipent of the Serge Valme Fellowship, a donor supported fund.