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The Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University was founded in 2000 by a partnership of community leaders to provide outcomes-based development programs in education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement, and health.
In 2008, Mary Jo Marión took the helm of LEI, and she continues to guide
the organization today. With a renewed sense of purpose, LEI worked to
sustain and grow positive relationships in the community with Latino
families and students in Worcester and across the multiple departments
of WSU. Innovation continued with the development of several promising programs such as Teaching Corps.
Providing leadership in advocacy and policy impact also has continued
through the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Educational Excellence and
participation in multiple community collaborations and task forces.With
this continued growth, our Board of Advisors also has grown and
stretched. A strategic planning process was completed in 2013. The board
and LEI leadership and staff agreed that it was time to reflect on the
past 12 years, consider current challenges and assets, and strategically
plan for the future. Our strategic plan documents that effort and reports our newly developed goals and objectives for the coming 3 to 5 years.
Program OutcomesHoused on the WSU campus, LEI is an academic center that serves in a leadership role in Worcester, and helps to improve educational outcomes, advocacy, and research on behalf of Latino students and their families. Our most recent accomplishments include:
ExpansionLEI's continued success led to a new opportunity in 2014 to lead replication of our best practices with Springfield Technical Community College and The Puerto Rican Cultural Center. The long-term goal is to create model programs that improve education and career opportunities for Latino youth and their families in Springfield, Mass. This collaboration will focus on piloting 3 successful educational initiatives in the next 12 to 24 months.Research ProjectLEI was selected by the L.G. Balfour Foundation and The Boston Foundation to lead a statewide research initiative Pathways to Higher Education: Opportunities and Outcomes for Latino Young Men in Five Massachusetts Communities. The goal is to establish an understanding of the educational experiences of Latino young men leading up to and during postsecondary education. Project outcomes will establish an evidence base for future college access programming.
The mission of the LEI Board of Advisors is to provide advice to the executive director and Worcester State University’s president and provost/vice president for academic affairs on:
Current Co-Chairs Miguel A. LopezSergeant, Worcester Police DepartmentGladys Rodriguez-ParkerConstituent Services Director, Congressman James P. McGovern's OfficeAlex ZequieraHeadmaster, St. John's High SchoolCurrent MembersCo-Chair, Mr. Miguel A. Lopez 2009-2016, Sergeant, Worcester Police DepartmentCo-chair, Ms. Gladys Rodriguez Parker 2000-2006 * 2009-2016, Constituent Services DirectorCongressman James P. McGovern’s OfficeCo-chair, Mr. Alex Zequeira 2012-2016, Headmaster, St. John’s High SchoolMr. Barry Maloney 2012-2016, President, Worcester State UniversityMr. Eric D. Batista 2016, Chief of Operations and Project Management Office of the City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.Mrs. Pamela Boisvert 2002-2016, CEO, Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc.Dr. Ramon Borges-Mendez 2012-2016, Associate Professor, Community Development & Planning, Clark University Ms. Nurys Camargo 2016, Founder, Chica Project, Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T Services Inc.Dr. Gail Carberry 2012-2016, President, Quinsigamond Community CollegeDr. Rosa Carrasquillo 2004-2007 * 2009-2016, Assistant Professor, Caribbean/Latin American History, College of the Holy CrossDr. Thomas Conroy 2014-2016, Assistant Professor, Chairperson, Urban Studies, Worcester State UniversitySenator Harriette Chandler*Mr. Kirshner Donis 2005-2016, Associate Director, International and ALANA Admissions, Worcester State UniversityDr. Guillermina Elissondo 2012-2016, Associate Professor, World Languages, Worcester State University Mr. Juan Gomez 2009-2016, Executive Director, Centro Las AmericasMr. Walter Jovel 2016, MSPCC Counselor / Assistant Coordinator, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester / HOPE CoalitionDr. Roberta Kyle 2013-2016, Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Education, Worcester State UniversityMs. Esther L. Levine 2016, Lecturer, Class Dean, with special responsibilities for ALANA and international students, International Scholar and Student Advisor, College of the Holy Cross Congressman James P. McGovern*Mr. John Monfredo 2002-2016, Worcester School Committee Member State Senator Michael Moore*Honorable Timothy Murray 2014-2016, President and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of CommerceMr. Leopoldo Negrón-Cruz 2005-2016, Coordinator HIV Counseling & Test. Program, Great Brook Valley Health CenterDr. Sarai Rivera 2009-2016, City Councilor, Worcester Fourth DistrictMr. Marco Rodrigues 2016, Chief Academic Officer, Worcester Public SchoolsDr. Bertha Elena Rojas 2014-2016, Manager of English Language Learners and Supplemental Support Services, Worcester Public SchoolsMr. Mario Silva-Rosa 2004-2016, Director of Admissions, Assumption CollegeMrs. Kathleen Toomey 2002-2016, Worcester City CouncilorMs. Yachira Torres 2016, Lead Teacher & Community Service Coordinator, Nativity School of WorcesterDr. Lois Wims 2016, Provost, Worcester State University* Honorary Members
LEI relies on the generous support of funders and sponsors to realize our mission to close the achievement gap. We appreciate the support of our generous funders whose contributions enable us to offer a variety of programs. Current Benefactors
Latino Education Institute (L.E.I)