Whitman Latino project wins grant

'The State of the State for Washington Latinos' is an annual, research project.

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WALLA WALLA -- Whitman College's yearlong community-based research project on "The State of the State for Washington Latinos" has been awarded an $11,000 grant by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, the college announced today.

Politics professor Paul Apostolidis reports that the grant will be used to support public outreach efforts in 2012 based on students' fall 2011 research inquiries.

Current research focuses on promoting English language learners' academic success, creating culturally competent schools, increasing Latino political representation, identifying and meeting human service needs and assessing the effects of immigration control policies on local communities. Students are conducting their research in partnership with local and regional organizations, including OneAmerica, the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative (Seattle University Law School), the Walla Walla Public Schools and Commitment to Community of Walla Walla.

"We are tremendously grateful for this support from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation," Apostolidis said in a news release. "The foundation shares our commitment to promoting a better informed society through civically engaged research and action, and to involving college students as young leaders in these vital endeavors."

The program also received a $3,000 from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation this past fall.

The project launched in 2005.

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