The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University is committed to generating and communicating non-partisan data of Latinos in Rhode Island. LPI stimulates public policy discussions and enhances the public’s understanding of the Rhode Island Latino experience.
LPI is made up of professionals representing a diverse range of sectors and disciplines. We are anchored at Roger Williams University, and are a program of the University located on the Metro Campus.
In May 2016, Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University released, Teacher Diversity in Rhode Island. Engaging teachers in our local school system, Sam Saltz, UEP at Brown University, gathered quantitative data to further explore the importance of high-quality teachers of color, as well as shortages in key education areas.
In October 2016, Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University released, Special Report: Engaging Latinos in Rhode Island Small Business Initiatives. The report contains findings from a qualitative study around small business initiatives in Rhode Island with a direct focus on Latino engagement.
In January 2017, the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Latino Policy Institute at RWU released a legal and policy analysis that said issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented Rhode Islanders would lead to safer roads and potentially better economic opportunities.