The Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Project helps prepare social workers to completely serve individuals, groups, families, and organizations within Latin@ communities through research, teaching, and service; to increase the advancement of knowledge and research regarding Puerto Rican and Latin@ matters.
- Increase Latin@s recruitment, retention, and MSW degree completion
- Train service providers
- Disseminate research findings about issues affecting Puerto Ricans/Latin@s in Connecticut
Congratulations to Dr. Loida Reyes and Dr. Reinaldo Rojas for Defending Their Dissertation Defense
The subject of Dr. Loida Reyes’ dissertation is “Hartford Open Choice Students’ School Engagement: The Role of Individual Characteristics and School Attributes”
The subject of Dr. Reinaldo Rojas’ dissertation is “Community Development and its Socioeconomic Impact on a Latino Enclave: A Case study of the Frog Hollow neighborhood in Hartford, CT”
Project Faculty Members
Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP)
The PRLSP was originally founded in 1980 under the leadership of Dr. Julio Morales as a model program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The mission of the project is to prepare social workers to competently serve the Latin@ community and to advocate and promote changes that safeguard and enhance the quality of life for Latin@ individuals, families and communities on local, regional and national levels.
- Establish a focus area of Puerto Rican/Latin@ Studies (courses) as part of the Social Work curriculum
- Participate in community and institutional partnerships in order to promote the well-being and quality of life of Latin@ individuals, families and communities
- Provide social service agencies with consultation on Latin@ client systems
- Gather, utilize and disseminate information about issue related to Latin@s as a contribution to the Latin@ community
- Advocate on behalf of the Latin@ community
- Engage in research and scholarship around issue affecting Latin@s
- Contribute to the empowerment of for Latin@ individuals, families and communities
Students have the opportunity to work with the Project as field work interns, work study students, mentees, and through the many programs that the Project sponsors throughout the year.
Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Project
University of Connecticut School of Social Work
1798 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117