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Latino Access to Higher Education in the State of Washington

My research focuses on the financial barriers facing Latino college students in Washington. Increasingly, a college education is becoming a necessary requirement in achieving an adequate standard of living in a globalized and technology-based economy.  Latinos, however, are the most underrepresented minority group at college campuses across the state. I asked the following questions:  what economic […]

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The Political Representation of Latinos in Washington

This report examines the political representation of Latinos on the city council of Sunnyside, Washington. What is the impact of at-large elections and racially polarized voting upon the political representation of Washington’s largest minority population? Methods: This report began by collecting census data about Washington State’s Latino populations. By compiling election returns and voter lists the […]

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Community-Based Health Services For Poor And/Or Undocumented Latino Immigrants In Washington

My report explores the role that community-based health services play in reducing barriers to healthcare access facing poor and/or undocumented Latino immigrants. I examine how these programs could be expanded or improved to increase their effectiveness. I also pinpoint the steps that Washington can take to support these community-based programs and to foster conditions in […]

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The Larger Ecology of Latino Success in Secondary Education: Why Some Latino Students Are Beating The Odds

Latinos are the most educationally disadvantaged group in America. The Latino student population, however, is not a homogenous group in which all perform equally. This study examines why some Latino students succeed academically while others do not. By examining the factors proven to increase educational achievement among Latino students, educational policymakers and practitioners can better […]

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Washington State Alternative Schools and Their Impact on Latino Success

I examined Washington alternative schools to see how well they are meeting the needs of their Latino students as compared to conventional schools.  The goals of this inquiry were to find where laws and practices could be changed to better serve Latino students and to see whether conventional schools could benefit from adopting some of […]

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Call For A School-Based Preventative Approach To Domestic Violence Among Latinos In Washington State

This report examines approaches to reducing domestic violence against Latino youth in Washington State. Unique socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances affecting Latinos perpetuate a high rate of domestic violence that increases with subsequent generations born in the United States. These factors also restrict Latinos’ access to resources, which impedes incident reporting. Domestic violence programs have […]

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Achieving Culturally Appropriate Early Childhood Education: A Promising Answer for Latinos In Washington

This report explores effective, high quality teacher training for early childhood educators working in diverse settings. What do training programs look like that best aid teachers in providing or maintaining culturally appropriate early learning environments for their young students? Issues such as bilingual education, kindergarten readiness, Latinos and academic success, and the benefits of dual language abilities […]

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And Gringo Justice For All? Latino Youth In Washington State’s Juvenile Justice System

My research focuses on Latino youth in the juvenile justice system. It addresses questions of why Latino youth are disproportionately represented in the juvenile system compared to their proportion in the general population. Specifically, this report examines how race and ethnicity impact case processing and how Latino youth receive differential treatment within the juvenile system. […]

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The Outside Of Town: An Analysis Of Housing Conditions For Latino Farm Worker Children In Washington and Their Impact on Educational Success

This report examines the relationship between Latino farmworkers’ housing conditions and the educational success of their children. What are the dynamics of this relationship in Washington State? How is health impacted by housing, and how does health impact educational outcomes? Methods: I concurrently examined scholarly literature and reports documenting the national prevalence of health problems […]

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A Head Start for Latino Children in Washington State

This project focuses on early childhood education for the Latino community in Washington State. The research looks to answer the question: How could more eligible Latino children become enrolled in Head Start and how could Head Start provide the most effective preschool experience for Latino children? I specifically looked at the role of parent involvement […]

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