Civic EngagementEach Dominican-American/Latino faces challenges as they integrate into our community. DUSA's efforts includes helping individuals secure citizenship, navigate the civic process, and realize their economic goals in our nation by increasing civic engagement amongst naturalized and U.S. born citizens alike.
Since its inception, the goal of DUSA has been to educate and empower the Dominican-American community by giving them a voice through civic, social, and economic engagement. One way that we have achieved this goal is through voter registration.
The Dominican Model
Together with Catalist, a leading analytics research firm, DUSA developed the first ever “Dominican Model”. With this statistical model, we are able to identify whether or not someone is of Dominican descent. This model and the work DUSA did with it was the basis for dozens of other ethnicity data models.
This data 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.
DUSA DOMINICAN-AMERICAN MODEL 2.0
The model leverages a broad leverage of characteristics about an individual to pinpoint Dominican-Americans who are eligible to become U.S. Citizens.
Today’s youth will be our future innovators and our future leaders. They have the ability to completely change the face and direction of this country. Young Latinxs is the fastest growing youth population in the U.S. This is why DUSA has developed the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and the Work, Learn and Grow program (WLG) as part of our civic engagement initiative in an effort to educate and develop the younger demographic.