Worcester State University
Latino Education Institute


Community Outreach


  • Stand for Children:  A state-wide organization dedicated to improving the quality of education for Massachusetts residents by organizing parents and direct advocacy. LEI played a lead role in establishing a Worcester chapter by organizing Latino parents, testifying before the school committee, and leading a team of 30 students at a State House rally in support of increased resources for public education.
  • 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.
  • United Way Women’s Initiative:  LEI staff co-chaired the education sub-committee charged with ascertaining the education needs of middle school girls.
  •  Latino Education Advocacy Partnerships (LEAP):  A coalition dedicated to increasing the involvement of the Latino community in education reform efforts throughout Worcester. LEI is a founding member of this organization and last year organized a press conference and kick-off event, parent meeting at Woodland Academy. Focus group activities with parents and people from community and math night for parents.
  • Woodland Academy Task Force:  A group of parents and educators committed to the improvement of Woodland Academy. LEI is a founding member of this organization and last year conducted focus groups with Woodland parents to identify areas of concern. Based on the findings of the focus groups, LEI worked with administrators at Woodland academy to design and deliver workshops to help parents and students.
  • Latino Achievement Celebration Committee:  WSU group committed to hosting Latino speakers on campus. LEI staff are members of this committee.
  • Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence (HACE):  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.
  • Worcester Public Schools: Each year LEI staff provides on-site workshops at local high schools and middle schools on college access. In 2008, 98 students attended these workshops.

Related Links
  Come View LEI's Success through the Lens of Participants
  LEI Strategic Plan Report 2013
  LEI Scholarship Information
  Mayor's Commission on Latino Educational Excellence
  Not Present, Not Accounted For: School Suspensions in Worcester
  LEI Research Report 2009
  Mauricio Gastón Institute
  Pew Hispanic Center
  Worcester Public Schools
  American Council on Education
  Mass Afterschool Partnership

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