In the Media

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.

UMass event sheds light on area Latinos ›

SouthCoastToday.com | July 02, 2013
The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy hosted a forum in New Bedford last week to break down the latest demographic data on Latinos in the state’s South Coast region. The area’s Latino population is increasing, and many residents lack access to health care, public transit, and other necessary services.

Brazilian radio station expanding into Boston ›

Boston Globe | June 30, 2013
Article on the expansion of Portuguese language station WSRO 650 mentions that a study by the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy found the town the station is in, Framingham, had a Brazilian population of 8,454 in 2008.

Suspension numbers vary widely ›

Worcester Telegram & Gazette | June 26, 2013
Article on out-of-school suspension rates in Worcester public schools mentions that the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy is working with the Worcester Education Collaborative and the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University on suspension research and policy in Worcester.

Gaston Institute to host Latino in S.E. Mass. event ›

SouthCoastToday.com | June 22, 2013
Pablo Goldbarg, research communication and dissemination coordinator for the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, is quoted in this article on an event the center is holding this Wednesday in New Bedford. The event is designed to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities for Latinos in local communities.

Brazilians increasingly moving back and forth from U.S. in search of opportunity ›

PRI’s The World | May 31, 2013
The economic boom in Brazil, coupled with the financial collapse in America, have changed immigration patterns in the two countries. Associate Professor Eduardo Siqueira, coordinator of the Transnational Brazilian Project at UMass Boston’s Gaston Institute, says many Brazilians who have lived in the United States for years find it difficult to re-adjust when they return home. Alternatively, many Brazilians moving to America are finding opportunities harder to come by.

The Potential of the Local Latino Vote in Election 2012 ›

WGBH | October 16, 2012
Article on how Latino voters could affect the upcoming elections mentions the Boston Latino Conference held last weekend in East Boston, which featured a panel discussion including Maria Idali Torres, director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy.

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