By Latinovations

The Latino Information Network at Rutgers University (LIN@R) launched a Latino-focused research center and think-tank today that will provide original research, analysis, and commentary on cultural, social, educational, political, and economic aspects affecting the Latino community.

This research center, a project launched in partnership with AT&T, is the first of its kind, and will focus on issue areas including technology and telecommunications, immigration, politics, and education.

“Latinos represented ten percent of the vote in last week’s Presidential election, and they are a quickly growing demographic in the United States,” says Robert Montemayor, Editor and Director of LIN@R and a Pulitzer Prize winner for journalism. “At LIN@R, we wish to examine the policies most pressing to the Latino community, as well as their potential effects on social and economic wellbeing. By studying issue areas that are important to the Latino business and consumers, we aim to become the go-to resource for scholarly and academic work addressing Hispanic communities.”

LIN@R was launched in the summer of 2010 with the goal of creating a robust database of Latino-related research, scholarly works and stories that feed a website focusing on the growing, diverse Latino communities in the United States. The analysis, research and insights produced by LIN@R will be made available through its website.

“Our launch is just the beginning of what we hope will be a greater effort to understand and address issues of importance to the Latino community,” says Jorge Schement, Dean of the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. “Much of our scholarly strength will draw upon more than two dozen academic institutions, proving us with the knowledge that is so often lacking from the broader political and societal debate.”

This article was first published in Latinovations.

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