Research findings from Whitman’s State of the State for Washington Latinos project continue to attract media attention, and yesterday the group made international news with a story published in The Guardian. In the article, the London-based newspaper cites research conducted by State of the State and quotes Professor Paul Apostolidis, an expert in Latino politics who heads up the project.
State of the State is a community-based research project that doubles as a politics course. Commonly referred to among students as “the hardest class at Whitman,” it combines intensive research with public outreach. Since its inception in 2005, State of the State has provided students the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research and present their findings to policymakers, journalists and the public. Recent research topics have included voting rights, the representation gap, immigration legislation, poverty, cultural competency and dual-language immersion in local public schools.