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 topics at the conference:

It was an honor to represent our State of the State program before a national audience of professionals, academics and activists at the 15th Annual Latino Law, Policy and Business Conference. I was encouraged that every issue our program addresses this year, from poverty and education to immigration and voting rights, are all among the most salient issues for the Latino community nationwide.

Adam and Cynthia presented their research on ELL programs in the Walla Walla Public School District. Pedro Galvao, a State of the State alum who graduated from Whitman College in 2010 found their research to be crucial piece of discussion at the conference:

Their insights into Washington State’s ELL learners helped push the conversation forward here at Harvard about inclusion of Latino students in the classroom and on campus. This research must continue to be supported and make its rounds to other conferences in the country as well.

Pedro is a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and had helped to organize the conference. Adam and Cynthia were proud to join pedro in representing the cause of social justice for Latinos. As Adam put it,

It was an honor to represent our State of the State program before a national audience of professionals, academics and activists at the 15th Annual Latino Law, Policy and Business Conference… I will look with great interest towards the direction of the State of the State program in the years to come, as this is just the beginning.

 

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