Latino Social Science Pipeline Initiative

The Latino Social Science Pipeline Initiative (LSSPI) is a new UC Berkeley program that seeks to advance Latino social science research, training, mentorship, and community engagement. The Initiative is spearheaded by professors Cristina MoraMichael Rodríguez-Muñiz, and Nicholas Vargas.

With support from the U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (CA) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-12) and critical partnership from UnidosUS, the country’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, Berkeley faculty secured funding from the Department of Education to address the need for more social science research on the history and current conditions of Latino populations. Working with UC Berkeley scholars, students, and staff, the Latino Social Science Pipeline Initiative contributes to training and developing the next generation of social scientists, data analysts, policymakers, and public intellectuals focused on Latino communities. In addition, it uses academic research to shed light on U.S. and transnational Latino communities in efforts to improve socioeconomic conditions and advance racial justice.

Over the next two years, the LSSPI will pursue its agenda through several initiatives, including postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships, small research grants, and community-university partnerships.

Current News:

End-of-Semester Latinx Social Science Research Workshop

The End-of-Semester Latinx Social Science Research Workshop was held on Thursday, May 2, 2024, from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Latinx Research Center. 

This edition's presenters were Lorraine Torres-Colón "Colonial Closures: Examining the Relationship Between Educational Divestment and Gender-Based Violence in a Non-Sovereign Context," and Miguel Samano, "Talk Stories: Sociocultural Linguistics and Asian and Latinx American Narrative Forms." The discussants were Marvyn Arevalo and Kevin Quintero. Eighteen people participated in the workshop, including faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students.

For more information about the 2024 Fall Semester Research Workshop Series, please contact:

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