In the Media
GBH | January 11, 2023Just days after the second anniversary of the January 6 coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol, Brazil experienced an insurrection of its own this past weekend. Supporters of the far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed Brazil's capital buildings in protest of Bolsonaro's loss to the recently sworn-in Lula da Silva. Eduardo Siqueira, professor of environment and public health and coordinator of the Transnational Brazilian Project, joined GBH to discuss the attack on Brazil's capital buildings.
Associated Press | May 11, 2022While the diverse Latino population in Massachusetts continues to struggle through the pre-pandemic issues of reduced educational and economic opportunity, and health care disparities, there is reason for optimism, according to a new report. Even though Massachusetts is among the nation’s wealthiest states, Latino communities have struggled economically relative to Latinos nationwide, according to the report by the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, Boston Indicators, and the Latino Equity Fund.
Bay State Banner | October 12, 2021Making up just over 15 percent of the city’s electorate, Latino voters could be a major influence in deciding who sits in the mayor’s office next. At the same time, low voter turnout and diverse political leanings across the community could prove a challenge to campaigns in coming weeks. “Their participation rates have been going up in the midterms and the general election … The problem is that this particular election is an off year,” said Luis Jiménez, an associate professor of political science and researcher on Latino voting habits across the Bay State. He said successfully engaging Latino voters — or any voting bloc — could sway November’s outcome if the turnout remains low. “I think Latinos have the potential to have a huge impact, because of very low participation. I mean, I expect that anything can make the difference, really, when you have such few votes,” Jiménez said.
The Boston Globe | May 12, 2021Mauricio Gastón Institute Research Assistant Bansari Kamdar shares that by the end of 2020, Latino workers in Massachusetts were still twice as likely as white workers to be unemployed.
Dorchester Reporter | March 08, 2021Six institutes and centers at the UMass Boston each contributed to a new report entitled “Aging Strong for All: Examining Aging Equity in the City of Boston.” The new report documents disparities across three dimensions that impact our quality of life — economic security, health, and social engagement — and also identifies opportunities for stakeholders to promote an environment in which “aging strong” is possible for all Boston residents.
The Boston Globe | February 18, 2021Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lorna Rivera, tells The Boston Globe that she thinks the city needs to continue to find ways to fund essential programs and services despite the pandemic-induced economic uncertainty.
Boston Business Journal (paywall) | January 05, 2021In this op-ed on how Massachusetts Latinos have made gains in visibility, influence, and representation in 2020, the author points to the appointment of Chancellor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, the first Latino to lead a campus in the state’s public university system. UMass Boston is close to reaching the 25 percent benchmark for becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution, making this a key higher ed appointment. The author also mentions that the Gaston Institute released a first-of-its-kind mapping and report of Latino nonprofits, with recommendations on how to build capacity for these organizations to broaden their reach and ensure they can grow strategically.
GBH All Things Considered | November 10, 2020Joe Biden won Massachusetts handily in the presidential election, but President Donald Trump did better than a lot of people were expecting in communities with large Latinx populations, including cities like Lawrence and New Bedford. GBH All Things Considered host Arun Rath discussed the Latinx vote with Assistant Professor of Political Science Luis Jiménez, with the college's Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.
WBUR | October 29, 2020The gap between Latino voter turnout and that of other groups is significant both in Massachusetts and nationwide. A new report from the Gastón Institute at UMass Boston found that though Latino turnout saw a spike in the 2018 midterm elections, it still trailed that of white voters by 16 percentage points and Black voters by 4.3 percentage points.
The Boston Globe | July 27, 2020A UMass Boston study of barriers to census participation commissioned by the city of Chelsea found that even some community leaders in the city wouldn’t necessarily recommend their constituents participate because of deportation concerns.
BNN News | July 08, 2020Gastón Institute Director Lorna Rivera and Associate Professor of Environment and Public Health Eduardo Siqueira discuss their new report outlining the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Latino population in Massachusetts, as well as recommendations for curbing the spread of new infections.
WWLP | July 01, 2020According to a study from the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston, Latinos in Massachusetts account for 30 percent of all COVID-19 cases even though they account for just over 12 percent of the population.
The Boston Globe | June 21, 2020Lorna Rivera, director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, announced that the institute partnered with the City of Chelsea help the Latinx community complete the 2020 census so the community can receive the support it needs.
The Boston Globe | May 26, 2020A UMass Boston researcher who works to protect marginalized communities from being disproportionately affected by climate change has been awarded a $100,000 prize to advance her work. Sustainable Solutions Lab Director Rebecca Herst has received the 2020 Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize.
Medical Health News | April 10, 2020Paul Watanabe, director of the Institute for Asian American Studies and professor of political science, and Lorna Rivera, director of the Gaston Institute for Latino Public Policy, join new COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force.
The Enterprise | February 25, 2020A study from the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development found there are around 10,000 Latinos who live in Brockton. The biggest group among those are Puerto Ricans.
Boston Neighborhood News | February 20, 2020Lorna Rivera, director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, talks about the institute's work on Latino community development and policy issues and its 30th Anniversary breakfast celebration coming up on March 12.
The Republican | February 11, 2020The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy's new study finds that Latinos are paid better in Massachusetts than across the country, but they still earn less than their non-Latino counterparts regardless of educational background. Phillip Granberry, the lead author and a Gastón research associate, said, "Every way we looked at an explanation for why Latinos make lower wages, we couldn’t find one."
The Republican | February 05, 2020The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy's new study finds that Latinos are paid better in Massachusetts than across the country, but they still earn less than their non-Latino counterparts regardless of educational background.
The Boston Globe | January 13, 2020Lorna Rivera, the director of UMass Boston’s Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, says new Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia "can speak across social classes.”