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  • A Good School Committee Choice ›

    Jamaica Plain Gazette, February 27, 2015

    Miren Uriarte, a professor of human services at UMass Boston who has conducted extensive research on the achievement of Latinos and English-language learners, has been appointed to the Boston School Committee, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced.
  • Por Ahí Dicen Spanish-Language Campaign Encourages Mothers to Discuss Sexual Health ›

    The Republican, February 26, 2015

    UMass Boston's Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center have collaborated on Por Ahí Dicen, a Spanish-language campaign encouraging Puerto Rican mothers to discuss sex and sexual health with their children.
  • UMass Boston researcher tapped for Boston School Committee spot ›

    The Boston Globe, February 11, 2015

    Miren Uriarte, a professor of human services at UMass Boston who has conducted extensive research on the achievement of Latinos and English-language learners, has been appointed to the Boston School Committee, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Wednesday.
  • Art Center to exhibits works from Guatemala ›

    The Eagle-Tribune, October 17, 2014

    A study by the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy found 34 percent of Guatemalans work in farming, construction, production, and transportation and 40.3 percent of them own their own homes. The research is cited in this story on a Guatemalan art exhibition.
  • Barrier grief: English issues mistaken for learning disabilities in Boston schools ›

    Boston Herald (AP), July 21, 2014

    A study by the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy indicates increasing amounts of ESL students in Boston schools are being placed into special education classes. Faced with language barriers, students may be mistakenly assessed as having learning disabilities.
  • Pittsfield Latino community faces opportunities, challenges ›

    Berkshire Eagle, June 12, 2014

    Gastón Institute reported a statistical profile of the Latino community in Pittsfield that, according to Berkshire Eagle, highlights concerns and needs but also significant opportunities for the future.
  • Boston Public Schools to Expand Dual Language Opportunities for Students ›

    Sampan, September 11, 2013

    Interim Superintendent John McDonough announced that the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston is receiving a $25,000 planning grant to launch a two-way bilingual program next year. BPS is expanding dual-language opportunities for students across Boston following the model of the successful Rafael Hernández and Hurley K-8 Schools as well as similar programs elsewhere in which English Language Learners and native English speakers are educated in integrated classrooms. Research provided by the Gastón Institute is supporting this process.
  • Latino population growth in Massachusetts ›

    Boston.com, July 28, 2013

    Phil Granberry, a research associate with the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston, says the 46 percent increase in Massachusetts’ Latino population is part of a broader national trend. See the map here.
  • Civic doors opening for Latinos ›

    Boston Globe, July 28, 2013

    Phil Granberry, a research associate with the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston, says the 46 percent increase in Massachusetts’ Latino population is part of a broader national trend.
  • Data: Many New Bedford Latinos stay in school, but still struggle to graduate ›

    SouthCoastToday.com, July 05, 2013

    Michael Berardino, a research associate for the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston, says many Latino high-schoolers in New Bedford are persisting with their studies but failing to graduate in four years. The Gastón Institute presented state data about Latino high-school achievement at a New Bedford conference last month.
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