Call for Papers: Journal of Family Strengths

Special Issue Editors: Viola Garcia, Traqina Emeka, and Bernardo Pohl (University of Houston – Downtown)


E. Christopher Lloyd (University of Arkansas at Little Rock), Angelo Giardino (Texas Children's Health Plan), Robert Sanborn (CHILDREN AT RISK), William V. Flores (University of Houston-Downtown)

Latino Civic and Social Engagement: Voices, Experiences, Trials, and Triumphs

Spring, 2016

The Latino population of the United States is a vibrant community. For example, the presidential election of 2012 highlighted the rapidly growing political and social influence of Latinos in the United States. Today, the fact that Latinos can single-handedly decide who will occupy a public office is no longer a hypothesis, but a vivid reality. Per capita, Latinos have some of the highest purchasing power in the country. In the media, the Latino community surpasses all expectations. In many national market, Hispanic media outlets have the highest rating than any English speaking outlet. In the coming years and decades, the political, social, and economic participation of Latinos will be of upmost importance. Without a doubt, it will reshape and define the nation’s social, economic, cultural, and political landscape.

Similarly, Latinos face many roadblocks: voting apathy, high school drop-out, high unemployment, incarceration, and serious immigration dilemmas. Distinctively strong communities, visible and powerful leadership, and solid foundations inside the family structure are playing key and pivotal roles in strengthening the Latino community and visibility in this country.

In response to this dynamic, manuscripts are being sought that contribute to evidence-based practice and solutions that promote better civic and social participation of Latinos in this nation. Contributions to this issue may include, but are not limited to the following: Latinos in politics, the generational experience of Latinos in society, Hispanic media, purchasing power, the immigration dilemma, Latinos in school, current immigration legislation, and the social-economic divide impacting poor vs. affluent Latinos.

Interested authors should submit their manuscripts to jfs@childrenatrisk.org by November 15, 2015. Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Project Editorial Coordinator, Marissa Johnston at mjohnston@childrenatrisk.org for more information.

The Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), formerly Family Preservation Journal, is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal produced by theCHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Center for Public Service & Family Strengths at the University of Houston-Downtown and the Texas Medical Center Library. JFS is devoted to presenting theoretical, policy, practice, and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family-centered practice to improve services that promote and sustain family systems.