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Latino American Studies Research Guide: Think Tanks / Research Institutes


A selected list of think tanks and research institutes focusing of Latino/a issues.

Selected Latino Think Tanks and Research Institutes

ASPIRA.  Founded in 1961, ASPIRA is the only national Hispanic organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth.

Center for Latino Research (DePaul University).  Founded in 1985, DePaul University's Center for Latino Research is a space dedicated to enriching knowledge and understanding of Latino community and experience. Through scholarly study in Chicago and other urban communities, through invited speakers from various regions of the U.S. and Latin America, CLR strives to promote learning opportunities for students, and collaborations between community and academia.

Julian Samora Research Institute (Michigan State University). Established in 1989, the Samora Institute is committed to the generation, transmission, and application of knowledge to serve the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest. The institute publishes empirical studies, theoretical analyses, and policy discussion papers that address the changing role of Latinos in relation to economic, political, religious, educational and social institutions.

LIN@R - Latino Information Network at Rutgers.  A newly launched Latino-focused research center and think tank, LIN@R’s mission will be to provide empirically, reliable information that casts a fair light on the Latino experience in the United States via a combination of scholarly works, independent studies and journalistic stories.  Good news source.

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Founded in 1976, NALEO is a nonprofit organization that seeks to facilitate full Latino participation in the American political process and functions as a national forum for Latino issues.

National Council of La Raza.  Founded in 1968, NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, working to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

Pew Hispanic Center. A nonpartisan research organization supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Provides information on demographics, immigration, politics, education, and issues.

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