2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

September 17th, 2018

Juntos Outreach Assistant, Yuridia Reyes, and her mentor, Daniel López-Cevallos, lead a poster presentation at the Linus Pauling Science Center on September 13. The presentation and study focused on Exploring and Visualizing the Social Networks of Juntos Coordinators across the state of Oregon.

In order to explore the social networks of Juntos coordinators, 13 semi-structured key informant interviews were conducted where coordinators discussed some of the characteristics that add value to their roles.

 

Coggle application was used to visualize these networks. Coggle is a mind-map mapping wev application that produces visual representations through a branching of a tree. Network categories risen from the transcripts included: schools/educational, community, business, philanthropy, policy/advocacy.

 

Findings show the wide range of community connections that coordinators bring to Juntos. The visual demonstrates the breath and depth of the connections that coordinators bring to the table to benefit students, families, schools, and community partner agencies. Coordinators report that these networks are mutually beneficial to Juntos, and local community partners.

 

Establishing trust with students, families, and the local Latino communities is critical for the success of Juntos. This is especially true in times and places where Latinos are facing interpersonal and institutional discrimination and other threats to their academic progress.

 

To learn more about this project, contact Yuridia at reyesyu@oregonstate.edu.

 

View the poster here!