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Former Instituto M.A. Student to Join APSA Committee

Yazmín García Trejo (MA ’07) has been appointed to the American Political Science Association Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas. She is a survey statistician and researcher at the US Census Bureau, Center for Survey Measurement, working with the language and cross cultural group on Census participation and Census knowledge among hard-to-count populations.  […]

Dr. Venator Studies Local Response to Hurricane María’s Displacement

  An NPR report on research by El Instituto/Political Science joint faculty member and Associate Professor Charles (Robert) Venator highlights the disorganized and slow response by Federal authorities to the plight of Hurricane María refugees and how this top-level management inefficiency threw the main weight of resettling the displaced people and providing their needs onto […]

“Inside the Faltering Fight Against Amazon Logging”

  Journalism prof and Instituto affiliate faculty Scott Wallace published  “Inside the Faltering Fight Against Amazon Logging” in the National Geographic Magazine, 28 August 2019. Wallace chronicles the beleaguered Brazilian national forestry service’s efforts to stem the tide of renewed logging in the Brazilian state of Rondônia, following forest agents on a field enforcement mission […]

“From Civil Rights to Human Rights: African American, Puerto Rican, & West Indian Housing Struggles in Hartford County, 1940-2019”

According to UConn today, affordable housing in Connecticut is difficult to find. Associate professor of history and Africana Studies, Fiona Vernal, has developed a housing exhibition in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. This exhibit focuses on on the struggles Hartford Country residents face when trying to find affordable housing. The exhibition has examples of […]

Puerto Rican Studies at UConn

As the successor organization to UConn’s former Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, El Instituto places Puerto Rico and its diaspora at the center of our teaching mission. We support both undergraduate and Masters level courses and programs of study. The Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies (IPRLS) was a multipurpose interdisciplinary research […]

Racial Literacy as a Curricular Requirement

Writer and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut, Daisy Reyes, was featured on insidehighered.com, for her book “Learning to be Latino”, in which Reyes advocates for a core curriculum diversity requirement in universities to create racially literate individuals. We are very proud to have her as part of our faculty at El Instituto. Click […]