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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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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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Beyond the Ballot: Latino Political Participation in Washington State

We investigated the political participation of Latinos in five Washington State locales: the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Seattle, and Vancouver.  Specifically, we identified and explored the main factors that either discourage or facilitate political participation among Washington’s Latinos, and what policies, laws, and grassroots actions can be effectuated to encourage higher levels of Latino political […]

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Re-districting Policies and Their Effect On Public Elementary School Demographics in Walla Walla, WA

My final project examines the ways in which school diversity can be impacted by certain policies which determine where each student attends school. I attempted to answer the following questions by examining a particular case in the Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS), located in a town of about 30,000 in southeast Washington: (1) How have […]

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TOWARDS CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: INCREASING ACADEMIC PREPAREDNESS AND AMBITION AMONG LATINO STUDENTS

As the fastest growing minority population in Washington State, the Latino population in K-12 schools has grown by 372 percent since 1986;1 Latino students comprised 14.6% of the K- 12 population in Fall 2007, and are expected to experience a 150% growth in population by 2030.2 The ever-increasing achievement gap has drawn attention to the […]

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Walla Walla Poverty Assessment: How Transportation, Healthcare, Employment, and Domestic Abuse Affect Latinos and Others in Poverty

This study examines the characteristics and causes of poverty in Walla Walla, WA, particularly for the Latino population. The research asks several questions: due to the inherently multifarious nature of poverty itself, how do the variables of employment, transportation, health care, and domestic abuse affect the poor population? Additionally, what is being done currently to […]

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