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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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NEW REPORT: The History and Lessons of Latino Under-Representation in Washington State

This report examines legal and community barriers to Latino representation on city councils and school boards in ten Washington State counties. We studied three specific questions: What is the electoral history of Latino representation in Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit, Walla Walla and Yakima counties from 1983 – 2011? What challenges have […]

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NEW REPORT: Lost in Translation? English Language Learners in Walla Walla Public Schools

Our project examines the relationship between the experiences of English Language Learner (ELL) students and parents and the policies and practices of teachers and administrators in Walla Walla Public Schools. The main research questions we investigated were: a. How do the district’s policies for teaching English align with student, parent and teacher experiences and expectations? […]

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NEW REPORT: Poverty, Community Needs, and Service Access in Walla Walla

This report explores how human service and neighborhood-based organizations might best serve low-income residents. In partnership with Commitment 2 Community of Walla Walla, we assess the needs and characteristics of three low-income neighborhoods in this small rural city where many Latinos and non-Latinos alike live in poverty. We analyze the use of human services in […]

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NIIC – P.A.R. Officers in Aurora, Colorado

Written by Spencer May ’13 Dave could be a Marine – his broad shoulders and shaved head could pass him for a Sergeant Major, but at the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Seattle, Dave only wore casual clothes and a navy-blue polo shirt with the acronym “P.A.R.”  What did P.A.R. stand for, and why was […]

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Project Announcement: Cultural Competency in Walla Walla Public Schools

A large number of Latino students lack access to the resources and opportunities necessary for academic achievement, according to recent statistics on the achievement gap in Washington state schools. Because Latino students comprise one third of the students in the Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS), our community-based research project aims to address the needs of […]

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Project Announcement: Community Needs and Service Access in Walla Walla

Primary Research Question: What role should neighborhood organizations serve to best meet the needs of low-income populations in Walla Walla? A common misconception of social services is that they are abused by “free-riders” within a community. However, service utilization is often far below expected. This is the case in Walla Walla. Various factors influence need, […]

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Project Announcement: The History and Lessons of Latino Under-Representation in Washington State

A Promise of Democracy – This project is the collaborative effort of three seniors at Whitman College – Christine Kiely, Lauren McCullough and Seth Dawson – working in conjunction with Joaquin Avila and the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative. Through a detailed examination of electoral histories across ten counties and interviews with prominent members of […]

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Secure Communities Research Project with OneAmerica

“State of the State” researchers Spencer May, Madelyn Peterson, Daniel Merritt (left to right).  Project Title:  “Inmigración, Comunidad, y Seguridad” (Immigration, Community, and Security) – How Secure Communities Affects Latinos and Local Law Enforcement in Eastern Washington State. Partner: OneAmerica Location: Secure Communities in Franklin, Benton, Walla Walla and Yakima Counties, WA This Fall, we are researching the effects […]

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