A new resource for Latino information and research has launched, bringing with it a rush of statistics, and stories of Latinos in America.
LIN@R is the website of the Latino Information Network, a Rutgers University-run entity with the goal of creating a database of Latino information via journalism, statistics, video and scholarly articles.
It is run by Robert Montemayor, a Rutgers journalism professor and a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, Jorge Schement, Dean of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, and veteran journalist and editor Patricia Munoz.
According to Montemayor, the site draws information from all over the country, including two dozen universities nationwide.
"This cluster of research institutions represents several hundred of the leading Latino academics and minds in the country studying Latino-related issues of every kind," Montemayor said, in a welcome blog on the website.
On launch day, Tuesday, Nov. 13, the site featured a selection of articles including video testimony from two DREAM Act students, a feature on the art of Flamenco dancing, and the story of Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, a Mexican immigrant who is now a professor of neurosurgery and oncology at John Hopkins University.
There is also a detailed page containing Latino demographics in New Jersey.
Montemayor said the purpose of the site is to shine light on an underrepresented group of people.
"The LIN@R website will serve as a platform for public discourse for any Latino-related issue and, for any of the innumerable contributions that Latinos make on a daily basis, but which too often which go unnoticed," he said.
For more information, visit linar.rutgers.edu.