Comments on the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Higher Education Act: In 2015, Executive Director Alexandra Oliver-Davila was selected for the National Institute for Latino School Leaders, an NCLR project. As a Fellow, Alex was tasked with providing insights, highlighting practices and informing policies that impact Latino youth in the public school system. In her policy brief, she makes recommendations for including cultural proficiency as part of teacher preparation programs, as well as to highlight the importance of recruiting and retaining teachers of color. Read the full memorandum here.
Young Adult Library Services (YALS), Fall 2015 Issue. Sociedad Latina: The Heart of Mission Hill. This feature article highlights Sociedad Latina's positive youth development model and culturally based approach working with Latino and English Language Learner youth. The article also highlights the experience of third-year Youth Leader, Raymond Oriz, who describes the postive impact that Sociedad Latina has had on his life. This article was coauthored by Sociedad Latina youth and staff. Read the full article here.
The Silent Crisis: Including Latinos and Why It Matters: As a member of the Greater Boston Latino Network, Sociedad Latina is pleased to share "The Silent Crisis," a 2014 report highlighting the low levels of Latino representation in City government in Boston, Chelsea and Somerville. The report also shares recommendations on how to achieve more equitable representation that is necessary to remedy inequitable outcomes and serve the particular needs of underrepresented communities. Read the full report here.
Cultural Proficiency in Education: A Review of the Literature focused on Teachers, Schools Leaders, and Schools: In partnership with The Mauricio Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, Sociedad Latina released a report on Cultural Proficiency in Education in May 2011. Read the full report here. Our work was cited in the Omaha World-Herald to build the case for Omaha Public Schools' actions to increase cultural proficiency in their school district. Read the article here.
The Northeastern University Libraries hold Sociedad Latina's records from 1968-2007, which document our work around health and wellness promotion, violence prevention and youth leadership training. The full guide is available here.
Some of the items from Sociedad Latina's collection have been digitized as part of the We Raise Our Voices: Latino/Latina Activism & Identity exhibit. Jovenes Latinos Pro Salud - 1999 (left) documents the early days of our partnership with Beth Israel Medical Center, now entering its 18th year.
For more information on accessing Sociedad Latina's archives at Northeastern University, please contact the Archives & Special Collections Department.