The Puerto Rican & Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP) was founded in 1980 under the leadership of Dr. Julio Morales as a model program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Project is unique because of its mission to advance the well-being of Latin@s through education, research and community engagement on local, national and global levels. It is one of the few Projects of its nature in schools of social work in the United States. The PRLSP has been referenced and used as a model in various arenas such as the Council on Social Work Education and different social work programs throughout the nation. We are currently comprised of four Latina tenured faculty: Dr. Cristina Wilson (Director), Dr. Catherine Medina, Dr. Antonia Cordero, and Dr. Lisa Werkmeister Rozas.
The Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project helps prepare social workers to competently serve individuals, groups, families, and organizations within Latin@ communities through research, teaching, and service; and to increase the advancement of knowledge and research regarding Puerto Rican and Latin@ matters.
Capitalizing on the changes in priorities the Project has developed over the past few years, the new director, Dr. Wilson, announced her vision at the first Project meeting on September 17, 2015. Her vision was welcomed and supported by the entire PRLSP faculty. The vision is about the dissemination of knowledge and research regarding Puerto Rican and Latin@ matters to our community that would give the PRLSP more exposure.
Research and Innovation: To create distinctive and internationally recognized contributions to scholarship; and to address solutions for pressing issues affecting Puerto Ricans and Latin@s in Connecticut and globally.
Teaching and Learning: To increase Puerto Rican and Latin@’s recruitment, retention, and MSW and PhD degree completion. To train social workers and service providers.
Outreach and Engagement: To establish mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations with the Connecticut residents and agencies and institutions within Connecticut, and globally. Participate in community and interprofessional partnerships in order to promote the well-being and quality of life of Puerto Rican and Latin@ individuals, families, and communities. To engage with the PRLSP Advisory Board in an exchange of knowledge and in the collaboration of efforts on current issues affecting Puerto Rican and Latin@ communities.
Learn more about the PRLSP and its 2016-2017 PRLSP Strategic Plan.