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PORTAL unites faculty, students, advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders committed to researching and addressing the systemic issues that impact the U.S. Latino community’s ability to meet their needs, achieve self-sufficiency and exercise their inalienable human and civil rights.

We do this by facilitating sustainable multidisciplinary collaborations in research, education, and public service and outreach.

Current and Past Projects:

  • Needs Assessment of Athens’ Hispanic/Latinx Community
    PORTAL conducted the first-ever multidimensional needs assessment of the Hispanic/Latinx community in Athens-Clarke County, Ga. The study focused on access to basic services like healthcare, education, public transportation, language services, legal aid, among others. Since its release in January 2017, the study’s findings have helped inform the development of several programs, initiatives and public policies that help enhance the community’s health and wellbeing.
    This project was possible due to the financial contributions of the University of Georgia’s Office of the Vice President of Research and the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI), a Title VI Department of Education Grant held by LACSI*, and La Vida Yoga/Work For America Foundation, Inc. The Sapelo Foundation provided funding for the execution of focus groups and dissemination of this report. Additionally, local businesses like La Parrilla and Cali-N-Tito’s donated gift certificates used as incentives for participants. [*The contents of this report were developed under grant #P015A140046 from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.]
    To download a copy of the full report, click here.
    To download a copy of a one-page summary of the study, click here.
  • Lazos Hispanos
    In response to findings from the 2017 ACC Hispanic/Latinx Community Needs Assessment, PORTAL joined forces with an interdisciplinary team of UGA researchers to launch Lazos Hispanos (“Hispanic Links”). Nine Latina promotoras/community health workers are the foundation of the program, which leverages a collaborative network of service providers, researchers and funders to enhance the health and wellbeing of this community.
    To learn more:
    Download a copy of a one-page program summary and infographic here.
    Contact the research team at LazosHispanosAthens@gmail.com.

Collaborate With Us:

If you are interested in getting involved with PORTAL or would like to learn more about the initiative, visit www.LacsiPortalUGA.org or write to ramatthew@uga.edu.

Initiative Coordinator:

Rebecca Matthew

Email: ramatthew@uga.edu

Phone: (706) 542-5445


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