Our faculty has been involved in several collaborative research projects aimed at understanding Latino civic engagement. One funded by the National Science Foundation included political scientists, geographers and anthropologists. Faculty and students conducted surveys and in depth interviews aimed at understanding residents sense of place and engagement in three Latino neighborhoods: Pilsen, Garfield and Little Havana. Mariá de los Angeles Torres was one of the co-principal investigators on the funded project.
Another is a interuniversity based project funded by the Community Trust and the Institute for Latino Studies at University of Notre Dame. This project focuses on the state of Latino civic engagement in metropolitan Chicago. The aim of this project is to document what we know about Latino civic engagement and begin developing research questions which can deepen our knowledge in order to make informed policy recommendations that can enhance this engagement. Presently Amalia Pallares, Xochitl Bada and Mariá de los Angeles Torres are involved in this project.