Latino Education Institute

  • Research and Publications

    At the Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University, we aim to effect change through expanding the body of knowledge on Massachusetts’ growing Latino population by developing our research capacity. Our objectives include:

    • Creating links among scholars, policy experts, public officials, and community advocates.
    • Illuminating conditions and solving problems that affect Latinos.
    • Advancing the Latino intellectual presence in Worcester.
    • Increasing the availability of policy relevant Latino focused research with an emphasis on education.
    Study of Latino Male Education Outcomes


    A $200,000 grant from the Boston Foundation and Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation is underwriting the study “Pathways to Higher Education: Opportunities and Outcomes for Latino Young Men in Five Massachusetts Communities” by the LEI and WSU Urban Studies Department. Urban Studies Department Chair and Assistant Professor Thomas Conroy, Ph.D., and LEI Executive Director Mary Jo Marión led the study. Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Studies Timothy Murphy, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Sociology Francisco Vivoni, Ph.D., were WSU’s lead researchers and collaborated with other WSU professors and LEI staff. Their research focused on the target cities of Worcester, Lawrence, Boston, Springfield, and Holyoke.

    Download and view the In Search of Opportunity: Latino Men’s Paths to Post-Secondary Education in Urban Massachusetts report.

    Publications