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Leveraging the resources of the nation’s capital and the world-class facilities at GW, the Cisneros Institute brings together university scholars across disciplines to support and elevate research related to the Institute’s four priorities in Higher Education, Well-Being, Economic Equity and Access to Opportunity. Using a multi-dimensional lens, we recognize the uniqueness of the Latino community and the driving factors behind our biggest challenges. It informs and results in innovative solutions that are data-driven and culturally competent. 

Undergraduate Research Fellowship


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Current Projects


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The Immigrant Youth Project

The Immigrant Youth Project is a collaborative research study supported by the National Science Foundation and conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida and the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at the George Washington University.

We are collecting stories about the experiences of immigrant young adults living in Florida to understand their social and emotional well-being.

We hope to share the insights of our findings with policymakers, advocates, teachers, counselors and community members to address the experiences of immigrant youth.



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Metropolitan Washington Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race

The Metropolitan Washington Workshop on Immigration & Race is a network of scholars dedicated to conducting research and advancing understanding of immigrant networks, social and economic integration, immigrant entrepreneurship, and challenges of exclusion and resentment among native-born populations in one of the top five destinations for newcomers in the United States — the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Recent Publications


link to article: Perverse Incentives: Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia


link to article: Emotional Challenges of Undocumented Young Adults: Ontological Security, Emotional Capital, and Well-being


link to article: Immigrant Family Separation, Fear, and the U.S. Deportation Regime"


link to article: Impacts of Immigration actions and news and the psychological distress of U.S. Latino parents raising adolescents




LatCrim is the leading resource for research about crime, violence and justice that both involve and impact the Latina/o/x population. We inform policymakers, practitioners, students, and community stakeholders of research on crime, violence, and justice policies and practices that involve and impact the Latina/o/x population in the U.S., so that we can advocate for justice in marginalized Latina/o/x communities while working to address barriers to equitable treatment and access to resources faced by Latina/o/x Americans.


Latina/o/x Criminology


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