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Teachers College Sets Up Online Clearinghouse on Latino Population Studies

Teachers College Sets Up Online Clearinghouse on Latino Population Studies


      The latest policy news, research reports and academic papers relating to the United States’ burgeoning Latino population are now available online at The New York Latino Research Clearinghouse at Teachers College, Columbia University, the university recently announced.

      â€śThere are more than 40 million Latinos in the United States, which makes this the biggest racial and ethnic minority population in the country, yet the research on Latinos has been scattered across many sources, with no single site that brings it all together,” says Dr. Francisco L. Rivera-Batiz, professor of economics and education at Teachers College and managing ditor of the clearinghouse. He adds that, in New York City alone, there are close to 2.5 million Latinos.

      â€śWe expect the clearinghouse to be at the forefront of disseminating the latest data and information on the history, socioeconomic situation and educational status of the various Latino groups in America and to facilitate networking and information among scholars,” Rivera-Batiz says.

      Visitors to the clearinghouse, located at, can access research reports on subjects ranging from estimates of the number of undocumented Latinos in the United States, to assessments of immigration and policy reform to asthma rates among Latinos in New York City.

      The clearinghouse is part of the New York Latino Research and Resources Network, a state-funded consortium in higher education whose partners include the Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies at the State University of New York at Albany; the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College at City University of New York; and the Institute for Urban Minority Education at Teachers College.

      â€śThis project is significant in more ways than one,” says Dr. Jose Cruz at the State University of New York at Albany. “We wanted to develop an online resource that was useful not just to scholars but to policymakers, activists, and other professionals, as well, and the design reflects that intention.”

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