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Latinx Education Research Center (LERC)

The Latinx Education Research Center (LERC) builds on a long history of expertise on issues of Latinx education and well-being across Santa Clara University’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Our goals are to demonstrate and deepen our ongoing commitment to serve the Latinx communities of Silicon Valley, California, and the United States. Furthermore, our mission is to develop LERC into an intellectual “hub” for faculty and students in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology as well as to other schools and colleges at Santa Clara University. Although the explicit focus in the name of the center will be education, we mean education in its broadest sense, and with the ultimate eye of supporting human flourishing and well-being. Lastly, we aim to bring faculty and students as well as our external partners together to build a network sharing common research interests and a shared commitment to ensuring the well-being of the Latinx community in our region, across California, and beyond.


LERC Mission, Values, and Pillars Toward Success

Latinx Education Research Center (LERC) will contribute innovative, interdisciplinary and relevant scholarship and research to transform the educational attainment and well-being of Latinx youth and families at the local, state and national level. The focus of the research will be to ensure equity based solutions to the complex educational phenomena that build from the Latinx community’s strengths to promote social and economic mobility.


  • We believe that transforming Latinx education and well-being is complex work.

  • We believe in the Jesuit beliefs of thinking about the whole person empathy and social justice.

  • We believe in "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally" and that change begins at the local level to make a broader impact.

  • We believe Latinx youth and families bring cultural capital wealth.

  • We believe that inside and outside of school factors are important.

  • We believe in authentic partnerships built on collaboration and reciprocity.

  • We believe in research that is applicable and relevant.


  • We will develop a robust intellectual network to support a multi-pronged approach to improve the education and well-being of Latinx youth.

  • We will conduct and disseminate cutting edge interdisciplinary scholarship and research in multiple genres.

  • We will build transformative research-practice partnerships that can help inform policy and practice.

  • We will provide and leverage resources to inform policymakers, educators and the general public.



LERC Programs

Tiempo Extra A La Una

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“Tiempo Extra” is a play on the soccer term “Overtime,” which signifies that we must make an extra effort to engage in the intellectual and scholarly conversations that matter to learn more about the Latinx community’s education and well-being. It will be offered twice per quarter and feature SCU faculty, staff, and students across the university as well as invited faculty, staff, and students outside of Santa Clara University.

Distinguished Speaker Series

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Once a quarter, LERC will invite a distinguished speaker, ranging from academia, corporate, business, charitable organizations, and government, to give an hour talk associated with the year’s theme. Our goal is to broaden the public’s awareness on different perspectives on local, national, and global issues that affect the Latinx community, their families and individuals.


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