Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- April 19, 2000

Cal State L.A. Receives W. K. Kellogg ENLACE Grant

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation selected California State University, Los Angeles as one of 18 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a $100,000 planning grant to improve educational opportunities for Latino communities in East and Northeast Los Angeles.

The grant supports university-community programs that increase the number of under-served students who successfully matriculate in the K-16 pipeline. This initiative is known as ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education). The word enlace--a form of the Spanish verb enlazar, to link or weave together--signifies a connected entity whose whole is stronger than its parts.

The Cal State L.A. ENLACE will create an infrastructure for University and community collaboration through the development of "Concilios" or councils. The Concilios serve as the forum for University and community partners to investigate issues that support and undermine the educational progress of Latino students and to examine best practice models. Findings from the Concilios will be distributed and recommendations for policy or institutional change will be discussed at the ENLACE Summit in July 2000.

Co-principal investigators of the project are Rita Ledesma, assistant professor of social work, and Ali Modarres, professor of geography and urban analysis and associate director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs. Administrative coordinators are Collette Rocha, assistant vice president, University Development; Theodore Crovello, dean, Graduate Studies; and José Galván, interim associate dean, Graduate Studies. Representatives from community-based human services, health, educational, political and development agencies are committed to collaborating on this project. For more information, call (323) 343-3770.

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