UPCOMING EVENTS

Check out our upcoming outreach events with Heritage University and Commitment to Community.

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State of the State Students Participate at 15th Annual Harvard Latino Law, Policy, and Business Conference

State of the State researchers Adam Delgado (’12) and Cynthia Ramos (’14) received funding from the Associated Students of Whitman College to attend the 15th Annual Latino Law, Policy, and Business Conference at Harvard University this past week. Adam found that the group of issues State of the State has been researching were major discussion […]

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Mural Unveiling at Garrison Middle School, Thu. 5/3 6-8pm

Update: The State of the State for Washington Latinos and students from Heritage University will be presenting stories about diversity as part of  a mural unveiling ceremony on Thursday, May 3rd from 6-8pm. The event is open to the public; all are welcome to attend.   Pedro de Valdivia (aka Mr. V) is here in […]

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NEW RESEARCH FOR 2012

The following are five areas of focused research conducted by State of the State over the past year. Click on the underlined links to proceed to more detailed reports. Voting rights and political representation. As the Legislature debates the Washington State Voting Rights Act, we find vast under-representation of Latinos in local government statewide. Electoral […]

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Heritage/Whitman Collaboration at Yakima Valley Community College, Wed. 5/2, 5:30-8pm

Our next presentation will be in the Parker Room at YVCC in Yakima at 6pm on Wednesday May 2, following a 5:30 reception; the first thrilling performance was on April 19 at Heritage. In an effort to generate fruitful dialogue among the Latino, Native American, and white non-Latino communities in the Yakima Valley, we are […]

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From the Guardian: Washington state’s Latinos find ‘politics has not changed with the population’

The State of the State, Professor Apostolidis, community partners, legislators and advocates all cited in the Guardian’s new piece on Latino politics in Washington State. Read it here at Guardian World News. “In the apple- and grape-laden Yakima valley in southern Washington state, Latinos drawn here by fruit-picking jobs have become the fastest growing sector of […]

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UW analysis finds “racial voting bias” in Gonzalez-Danielson race

“Although he raised no money and ran no campaign, Danielson won 30 of Washington’s 39 counties and got nearly 40 percent of the statewide vote in his race against State Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez.” Read about it here at the Seattle Times

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Mural Unveiling at Garrison Middle School

This mural unveiling event event will take place in collaboration with students from Heritage University at Garrison Middle School. Date: Thursday, May 3rd Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Location: View Larger Map

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Commitment to Community Stakeholders Meeting

The research team that conducted a comprehensive investigation of poverty in Walla Walla as a partnership with neighborhood organization Commitment to Community will be giving a presentation at the new Walla Walla Police Department on Wednesday, May 3rd at 11:30. The presentation will focus on what key community stakeholders can do to conduct outreach to […]

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Latino Voters Influential for 2012 Election, Time Magazine Says

“Why Latino Voters Will Swing the 2012 Election,” an article by Michael Scherer recently made the front page of Time Magazine. Scherer points to several crucial swing states in the coming election that could likely be decided by growing Latino populations. For online subscribers of Time Magazine, the article can be found at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2107497,00.html. Christinia Costantini […]

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Union Bulletin: Whitman College report on Latinos calls for fair treatment for all people

Daniel Merritt, a researcher with the State of the State for Washington Latinos had the privilege of being featured in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin’s Sunday, March 4th issue. In his article, Daniel argues that Secure Communities breaks up families, places undue burdens on local jails, and farmers who face labor shortages. Moreover, Secure Communities […]

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Update: Media Coverage of our Research

       See these links below for reports about our research in local and state-wide news outlets! Report from Walla Walla’s Whitman College criticizes Secure Communities program – (Tri-City Herald, Feb 17, 2012)   Northwest Hispanics Use Word-of-Mouth, Communities To Access Services – (OPB News, Feb 16, 2012)   Whitman College students take on Latino research […]

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State of the State News Conference

  On February 16th, The State of the State for Washington Latinos held a successful public outreach press for local media organizations. Present at the press conference were representatives from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, KNDO/KNDU TV News, OPB News, and The Whitman Pioneer. We would like to sincerely thank all of these organizations for […]

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NEW REPORT: Impact of Secure Communities on Latinos and Local Law Enforcement in Eastern Washington

How has the immigration enforcement program Secure Communities impacted Latino communities in Central and Eastern Washington State? Secure Communities increases cooperation between local jails and the federal government to identify undocumented immigrants for deportation. Implemented in Yakima, Franklin, Benton and Walla Walla counties in the summer of 2011, Secure Communities has been both supported and […]

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NEW REPORT: Providing Quality Education For All: Cultural Competency in K – 12 Education

This study investigates the cultural competency policies and practices of three Walla Walla public schools, identifies culturally competent practices, and suggests areas for improvement at each school and the district overall. The research was guided by our community partnership with the Bilingual Coordinator of the Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS), Diana Erickson, and Latino Club […]

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