Latino Education Institute

  • Community Outreach

    The Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University invites you to learn more about Latino education issues and programs locally, regionally, and nationally. Below are several community partners we support and resources we find helpful in serving Worcester’s Latino students and their families:

    • Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars: An organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Latino students from Worcester to allow them to pursue higher education
      • LEI is an active member of the steering committee.
      • Last year, 45 scholarships were awarded to Latino students.
       
    • Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence: A committee at Quinsigamond Community College dedicated to recognizing and rewarding academic excellence in the Worcester Latino community
      • LEI staff participate on the steering committee.
      • This organization has distributed a total of $76,500 in financial awards.
       

    External Resources

    • Adelante Worcester: A non-profit organization that promotes and empowers the Hispanic/Latino community of greater Worcester through networking events that help to bring together professionals in Worcester for professional development, research, and cultural events
    • Mauricio Gaston Institute: An information provider for policy makers and the Latino community on issues vital to Massachusetts’ growing Latino community
    • CollegeBoard: A mission-driven not-for-profit organization that helps more than 7 million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success, including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program
    • Pew Hispanic Center: A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world
    • MassGrad Initiative: A federal initiative to boost high-school graduation rates as well as college and career readiness
      • The U.S. Department of Education selected Massachusetts as just one of two states for the federal High School Graduation Initiative award and one of 29 projects total nationwide chosen for funding out of 184 total applicants.
      • MassGrad, the Massachusetts grant project, focuses on the 133 high schools throughout Massachusetts that exceeded the statewide annual dropout rate of 2.9 percent in the 2008-2009 school year.
      • LEI is a grantee of MassGrad.