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NEW RESEARCH FOR 2012

The following are five areas of focused research conducted by State of the State over the past year. Click on the underlined links to proceed to more detailed reports. Voting rights and political representation. As the Legislature debates the Washington State Voting Rights Act, we find vast under-representation of Latinos in local government statewide. Electoral […]

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Heritage/Whitman Collaboration at Yakima Valley Community College, Wed. 5/2, 5:30-8pm

Our next presentation will be in the Parker Room at YVCC in Yakima at 6pm on Wednesday May 2, following a 5:30 reception; the first thrilling performance was on April 19 at Heritage. In an effort to generate fruitful dialogue among the Latino, Native American, and white non-Latino communities in the Yakima Valley, we are […]

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Latino Voters Influential for 2012 Election, Time Magazine Says

“Why Latino Voters Will Swing the 2012 Election,” an article by Michael Scherer recently made the front page of Time Magazine. Scherer points to several crucial swing states in the coming election that could likely be decided by growing Latino populations. For online subscribers of Time Magazine, the article can be found at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2107497,00.html. Christinia Costantini […]

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Union Bulletin: Whitman College report on Latinos calls for fair treatment for all people

Daniel Merritt, a researcher with the State of the State for Washington Latinos had the privilege of being featured in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin’s Sunday, March 4th issue. In his article, Daniel argues that Secure Communities breaks up families, places undue burdens on local jails, and farmers who face labor shortages. Moreover, Secure Communities […]

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Update: Media Coverage of our Research

       See these links below for reports about our research in local and state-wide news outlets! Report from Walla Walla’s Whitman College criticizes Secure Communities program – (Tri-City Herald, Feb 17, 2012)   Northwest Hispanics Use Word-of-Mouth, Communities To Access Services – (OPB News, Feb 16, 2012)   Whitman College students take on Latino research […]

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State of the State News Conference

  On February 16th, The State of the State for Washington Latinos held a successful public outreach press for local media organizations. Present at the press conference were representatives from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin, KNDO/KNDU TV News, OPB News, and The Whitman Pioneer. We would like to sincerely thank all of these organizations for […]

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NEW REPORT: Providing Quality Education For All: Cultural Competency in K – 12 Education

This study investigates the cultural competency policies and practices of three Walla Walla public schools, identifies culturally competent practices, and suggests areas for improvement at each school and the district overall. The research was guided by our community partnership with the Bilingual Coordinator of the Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS), Diana Erickson, and Latino Club […]

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NEW REPORT: Poverty, Community Needs, and Service Access in Walla Walla

This report explores how human service and neighborhood-based organizations might best serve low-income residents. In partnership with Commitment 2 Community of Walla Walla, we assess the needs and characteristics of three low-income neighborhoods in this small rural city where many Latinos and non-Latinos alike live in poverty. We analyze the use of human services in […]

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Olympia Visit Live Blog

State of the State Research visit Olympia

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In Increasing Numbers, Colleges Emphasize Civic Purpose of Higher Education

In increasing numbers, programs like the State of the State for Washington Latinos are growing at colleges and universities across the United States. When the University of Michigan added a semester program in Washington, D.C. to its academic offerings, some students asked, “Why not Detroit?” The city, famous for its industrial history and more recent […]

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