CLACLS’ flagship program is the Latino Data Project, established in 2003 by Laird W. Bergad, founding and current CLACLS Director. Professor Bergad is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Latin American, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies at Lehman College and with the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center.

Under Professor Bergad’s leadership and expertise and since the launch of the Latino Data Project, CLACLS has produced more than 60 reports on Latino life in America, which are made available to the public via the CLACLS’ website.

The Latino Data project focuses research on the utilization of raw data files produced by the U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies to conduct detailed quantitative research on the Latino population of the United States and New York City and the metropolitan region.

The reports are researched and written by Ph.D. students at the Graduate Center as well as by Professor Bergad. The reports provide analysis on a wide variety of contemporary data about various aspects of the Latino experience in the United States. Subjects include educational attainment patterns, changing income-distribution profiles, voter participation rates and studies of specific communities and national groups.

CLALCS’ studies have become important sources of information to policy makers, journalists, educators, and students.

The CLACLS Latino Data Project is a notable exceptional effort in its exclusive quantitative examination of Latino life in the United States. The need is clear: There is no one central and easily accessible repository of information on Latino populations for the general public, political leaders, professional researchers, journalists, and educators. There is also no one institution in the New York metropolitan area that serves as a central information source on Latino populations, despite the importance of that population to the region.

The ultimate objective of this project is:

  •  To gather all extant data on the Latino populations of the United States from a variety of different sources.
  • To create, and constantly update, an interactive internet site which will make these freely and easily accessible.
  • To present these data in a variety of different formats designed for various categories of internet users from primary school teachers seeking information on Latino populations for class preparation, to professional researchers searching for specialized data sets.

Thematic Focuses of the Latino Data Project:

  • Historical Demography
  • Population Size and National Composition by Region, State, County, and Major Metropolitan Area
  • Sex and Age Structures and Implications for the Future
  • Family Household Size and Marital Status
  • Educational Attainment in Comparative Perspective
  • Economic Characteristics: Occupation and Income Distribution by Region, State, County, Major Metropolitan Area, and Nationality
  • Health Conditions
  • Access to Medical Care
  • Disease Profiles by Nationality
  • Cultural Expressions
  • The Formation of Transnational Communities