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Hispanics Get Think Tank at Rutgers

Nov. 13, 2012
Jorge Schement

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

Analysis, research and insights produced by LIN@R will be made available to the public through its website. LIN@R will focus on issue areas including technology and telecommunications, immigration, politics and education.

LIN@R is headed by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Robert Montemayor, Editor and Director; Jorge Schement, Dean of the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University; and Patricia Munoz, Managing Editor.

"Latinos represented ten percent of the vote in last week's Presidential election, and they are a quickly growing demographic in the United States. 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," said Montemayor. "By studying issue areas that are important to Latino businesses and consumers, we aim to become the go-to resource for scholarly and academic work addressing Hispanic communities."

Added Schement, "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. Much of our scholarly strength will draw upon more than two dozen academic institutions, providing us with the knowledge that is so often lacking from the broader political and societal debate."

The website will offer access to content from a larger network of universities nationwide, as LIN@R is a member of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a consortium of 25 of the country's leading Latino research institutes.

For more information about LIN@R and to view original research, please visit: http://linar.rutgers.edu/



Source: Copyright PRNewswire-USNewswire 2012


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