Worcester State University
Latino Education Institute


Latino Education Institute - Springfield Public Schools Analysis
The Latino Education Institute prepared the following analysis of educational achievement in Springfield Public Schools. This information was presented to school officials, elected leaders, and policy makers interested in improving the socio-economic prospects of Springfield youth, 63% of whom are Latino.
Latino Education Institute Family Health Fair

Worcester State University's Latino Education Institute hosted a Family Health Fair attracting over 100 Latino community members on March 15, 2014 at WSU. Parents learned how to communicate with teens about important topics such as puberty, healthy boundaries, and teen pregnancy as their young children enjoyed a day of play and early literacy activities. Middle school students practiced coping skills and strategies to manage peer pressure. High school students learned about transitions to college and toured WSU. Parents' commented "Now I can express myself to my children more clearly" and youth said "I need to communicate, advocate and participate in my education." 98% of youth indicated improved understanding of the college process and 87% of parents left better prepared to communicate with their children about making healthy choices. The day concluded with a lively lunch session on mediation and music provided by Jose Castillo. We were able to have this wonderful event due to the Reliant Foundation and the Women's Initiative of the United Way of Central Mass.

Suspension in Worcester, A Continuing Conversation

New report commissioned by LEI voicing the opinions of youth, parents, and educators regarding disciplinary practices in Worcester Public Schools. To learn more about the "Suspension in Worcester, A Continuing Conversation," click to view the report below.


>Click here to view the report 

Latino Education Institute's Club Education Program

160 adult learners began ESL classes this March as part of the LEI's Club Education Program featuring comprehensive and free ESL classes at WSU accompanied with sessions on navigating schools in Worcester, family health matters, and family literacy. Families also engage in civic service at Abbey House and the Children's Hospital NSTAR Walk.

Changing Bodies, Changing Lives Family Health Fair

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Sullivan Middle School

Changing Bodies, Changing Lives is designed just for you by the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University.  Your family is invited to explore many culturally relevant health and wellness workshops. Come enjoy the evening, have fun, laugh and most importantly engage in learning. Please RSVP to Kathleen Orengo at 508-798-6507.


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Links of Interest
  Come View LEI's Success through the Lens of Participants
  LEI Strategic Plan Report 2013
  LEI Scholarship Information
  Mayor's Commission on Latino Educational Excellence
  Not Present, Not Accounted For: School Suspensions in Worcester
  LEI Research Report 2009
  Mauricio Gastón Institute
  Pew Hispanic Center
  Worcester Public Schools
  American Council on Education
  Mass Afterschool Partnership

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  Latino Education Institute
  Worcester State University
  486 Chandler Street
  Worcester, MA 01602
  Office Location:
  537 Chandler Street

  Kathy Orengo, Secretary
  Monday - Friday
  9:00am - 5:00pm


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Phone: 508-929-8000