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Jose Abonce, Community Organizer

Jose Abonce
Community Organizer

José holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Public Affairs and a Master in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining Austin Coming Together, José worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Public Safety and Justice. At the center, he served as the project lead for the Building Blocks Experiment, a civic engagement initiative funded by the Chicago Community Trust which sought to engage public safety and community stakeholders through peace circles, community tours, and sharing of meals to address health, energy, and environmental inequities in North Lawndale and West Garfield Park. The project highlighted how creating safe spaces to share our diverse backgrounds and perspectives can be the key to creating change and community-led solutions that reduce feelings of isolation and the traumas associated with not being able to meet basic needs.

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