| ACADEMICS | Centers & Institutes | Latino Education Institute
At the Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University, we strive to improve the academic achievement and well-being of Latino students (grades K-16) and their families, including students enrolled at WSU. Founded in 2000 by a coalition of community leaders, we work to narrow the education achievement gap through direct services to students, family engagement, and research.We serve more than 2,100 families annually with programs in violence prevention, education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement, and health. We’ve developed innovative models that boost family-school involvement, highlight the strengths of Latino families, employ gender-specific design, reduce school dropout rates, improve enrollment in college, and promote an informed citizenry. Our 6 core programs include:
Through our family-engagement initiatives, we provide innovative solutions for families looking for ways to increase their English-language literacy skills. If a family is new to this country, we help them navigate local systems and resources and connect them with other families that share similar experiences.On the research side, we are a respected source of timely education policy analysis—we’re frequently commissioned to provide information to private foundations, elected officials, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our data analysis and participatory action research have been instrumental in shedding light on the trajectories of Latino students.
A $200,000 grant from The Boston Foundation and The 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 Marion are leading the study.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Studies Timothy Murphy, Ph.D., and
Assistant Professor of Sociology Francisco Vivoni, Ph.D., are WSU’s
lead researchers and will collaborate with other WSU professors and LEI
staff. Their research will focus on the target cities of Worcester,
Lawrence, Boston, Springfield, and Holyoke. Read more