MISSION & VISION
Empowering the Dominican community and giving Dominicans a voice through encouraging civic, social, and economic engagement.
The Change We Desire
That every person living in the U.S can freely exercise their civic rights, realize their full potential, and capitalize on opportunities this country has to offer. Our contribution to making this vision a reality begins with our work in the Dominican-American community.
Large-scale migration from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. began in the 1960s during the economic and political shifts in the Dominican Republic. Consequently, the U.S. saw a spike in the number of Dominicans in the country from 12,000 in the 1960s to 350,000 in the 1990s. Today, more than 1.5 million people of Dominican descent call the U.S. home. Latinos of Dominican ancestry are also one of the fastest growing subgroups in the nation, representing the fifth largest segment of the national Latino community alongside Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Salvadorans.
While the growth of the Dominican population in the U.S. has been consistent, the settlement patterns of the group have begun to shift over the past four decades. As a result, there are now large numbers of Dominicans residing in states outside of the northeast where the highest concentration of Dominicans has historically resided.
These communities are diverse, made up of both immigrants who continue to come from the Dominican Republic and an increasing U.S.-born population of Dominican descent. DUSA was created three years ago to address the growing need for programs that help immigrants and disenfranchised citizens to integrate into society. DUSA educates and actively encourages Dominicans and others to become active participants in society’s civic and political processes.
DUSA is the leading resource for all Dominicans in the United States. As pioneers, we engage in old-fashioned community organizing and utilize sophisticated data analytics that leverage premier technologies for results-oriented outcomes. Every solution we create at DUSA harnesses the power of technology, while also ensuring that we still factor in the human dynamic. No matter where our community is in their civic journey, no matter the social or economic barriers they face, we work hand-in-hand with it to support its needs.
The Richest Dataset on Dominicans in the U.S.
We use our data to provide a precise and targeted approach to connecting with our people directly. DUSA builds its database using the most responsible data acquisition and management practices available. This database provides DUSA with a unique ability to connect our community with a network of social, legal, and financial service providers and links Dominicans in the U.S. with the tools and information they need to become fully active and integrated into the fabric of our country.
Cultural Competency and Relevance
Lastly, the cultural competency of our organization is in thanks to our viewing every individual beyond statistics and research. We know that each person has his/her own unique story to tell. Everyone has a personal perspective on the matter of participating in this great nation’s democracy. We know that in many cases their perspective is colored by their culture, which we understand because as an organization we are in tune with Dominican culture.