Promoting Effective Civic Engagement through Leadership and Research

The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy informs policymakers about issues vital to the state’s growing Latino community and provides the information and analysis necessary for effective participation in public policy development. Ever since it was established at UMass Boston in 1989, the institute has consistently documented the Latino experience in Massachusetts through research and publications directed at policy makers, scholarly audiences, and Latino community leaders and institutions. 

Daniela Bravo-Terkia Receives JFK Award and Speaks at Commencement Ceremony
Gastón Institute's research and administrative assistant Daniela Bravo-Terkia has received one of the most important awards of the year at UMass Boston and delivered an inspiring speech during the 2017 commencement in TD Garden.