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Community Engagement

PTC works with community groups and organizations in projects and initiatives that contribute to expand and enhance social and economic opportunities for Latinos/as in Arizona and the Arizona-Mexico border region through evidence based research and dialogue.

Latino Community Lab

The Latino Community Lab (LatLab) provides a platform for community driven projects with the participation of STS faculty and students in the role of applied researchers. Through partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations, LatLab conducts studies that contribute to development, implementation, and evaluation of projects and programs targeting Latinos/as and other transborder communities in Arizona.


South Central Corridor:
Barrio Identity and Resilience in South Phoenix

Historically, Latinos in Phoenix have lived in ethnically dense neighborhoods, which have been described as seminal for the development of this metropolis, but also as spaces of opportunity for Latino residents, gateways for recent Latino immigrants, and places of cultural persistence and community progress. South Phoenix is the origin and the heart of the Latino urban presence in Phoenix metro. Located adjacent to downtown, South Phoenix contains many old Mexican barrios like La Patria, Harmon Park, and La Sonorita. In 2017 more than 56% of the Latino population in the metro area called South Phoenix home. Visit Research Project Website.


Carl Hayden Neighborhood Project

This project is a result of collaboration between LURC and Chicanos por la Causa (CPLC) to support the development and wellbeing of children and families living in the Carl Hayden Neighborhood in South Phoenix.

STS faculty and students worked with CPLC to identify the needs of the Carl Hayden Community as perceived by its residents and leadership; explore a range of social, economic, and physical interventions with potential to reinforce community resilience and create development opportunities; and the production of knowledge useful in the formulation of an action plan to address community needs.

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Latino Youth Educational Gap

The Latino Undergraduate Research Cluster (LURC) conducted five studies that explored educational gaps in Latino youth education in the Phoenix metropolitan area. One STS student project explored the geographical variations in the level of performance of high schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area by looking at how graduation rates and test scores compared across school attendance areas and how those outcomes correlate with social and ethnic composition of the population in each attendance area.

Another project looked at which high schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area were most successful in the retention and persistence rates of Latino students. A project focused on parental involvement in the education of immigrant students in the Carl Hayden Community explored the role of institutional, social, and familial factors in Latino youth educational success. Additional projects focused on college transition programs for Latino students.

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Latino Serving Organizations

This list of Latino Serving Organizations (LASO) was prepared by the students of the Latino Community Lab (LatLab), a program allowing students to act as community advocates and engage in service learning activities while analyzing and evaluating academic research about Latinx community development.  

Their goal was to provide primary information and analysis of the organizations engaged in promoting health, education, art   and culture, legal protection, employment opportunities, and other actions targeting the Latinx community in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The LatLab highlighted the contribution of these organizations to the advancement of Latinx individuals and families and networking opportunities supporting the creation of social capital in the Latinx community.

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