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The Latino Policy Institute (LPI) at Roger Williams University

The Latino Policy Institute (LPI) at Roger Williams University is committed to generating and communicating non-partisan data of Latinos in Rhode Island. LPI stimulates public policy discourse and enhances the public’s understanding of the Rhode Island Latino experience. With this information, Latinos’ social, economic, and civic contributions to the state can be better documented, understood and engaged.

Latino Policy Institute

The Latino Policy Institute envisions a Rhode Island where:

  • Latinos are socially and economically integrated and civically engaged
  • Rhode Islanders have an understanding of the contributions of Latinos to the state
  • Decision-makers have ready access to reliable and empirically-grounded data on Latinos in Rhode Island
  • The LPI is the primary source of research on Latinos in Rhode Island


Latino Policy Institute Research

Focusing on education and workforce, the LPI published a critical report on the state of education for Latinos in Rhode Island, “Latino Student Achievement in Rhode Island: Addressing Equity Challenges and the ELL Crisis.” The report has been widely used by the state, and local education policy leaders. Teacher Diversity in Rhode Island, a LPI infographic, highlights the importance of high-quality teachers of color. For all students, learning from a range of diverse perspectives and experiences, including those provided by teachers of color, benefits students in all schools.

The infographic, “State of Working Rhode Island: The Latino Labor Force” released with data from the Economic Progress Institute’s report, State of Working Rhode Island: Workers of Color report, revealed the Latino labor force in Rhode Island is expected to more than double to 24% of the total labor force by 2040.

Latino Policy Institute partnered with sister policy group HousingWorks RI for the Latinos & Housing infographic. With a rich, continued partnership, LPI hopes to expand its housing research deeper into the realm of Latino homeownership. LPI’s research and analysis in the selected research topics show that in order to improve Rhode Island’s local economy, we first need to look at the areas of education, workforce participation and homeownership – as these are all contributing factors.

With this research, we play the role of convener, to disseminate data on Latinos to broader audiences. The LPI offers student internships, acts as a resource for external partners, and developed a LPI Research Fellowship. Latino Policy Institute is supported by an advisory board, and funding for LPI’s work comes from the following community partners: The Rhode Island Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, United Way of RI, and Hispanics in Philanthropy.


Latino Policy Institute Publications

  • Teacher Diversity in Rhode Island
  • State of Working Rhode Island: The Latino Labor Force
  • Strength in Adversity
  • Latinos & Housing
  • Work in Progress: Latinos in the RI Workforce
  • The Effects of In-State Tuition for Non-Citizens: A Systematic Review of the Evidence
  • Latino Student Achievement in Rhode Island: Addressing Equity Challenges and the ELL Crisis
  • Special Report: Engaging Latinos in Rhode Island Small Business Initiatives
  • A Legal and Policy Analysis of Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Rhode Islanders