Celebrating Latinx Culture with a Spanish Reading Program (2021-2022)

Latinx children growing up in the U.S. often struggle with defining their own identity while navigating values and expectations of two different cultures. Many Latinx students internalize feelings of linguistic and cultural inferiority during the early stages of reading and speaking in English, which can lead to the loss of Spanish and erosion of family relationships. 

¡Celebra Latinx! is a Spanish reading program that connects Latinx children with Duke students as peer tutors and provides the opportunity for them to support each other in their development as bilingual speakers. Team members developed, implemented and analyzed preliminary results of the program to examine its impact on children’s reading motivation and the development of literacy. Results suggest that participation in the program increases children’s confidence and motivation to read in Spanish and supports the development of skills necessary to build literacy, such as persistence and concentration. 

Learn more about this project team by viewing the team's video.


Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 

Team Outputs

Supporting Linguistic and Cultural Connections for Spanish-Speaking Children (2022 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase)

Impact of a Reading Program on Latinx Children’s Motivation to Read in Spanish (poster by Laura Andrade, Olivia Bond, Joan Clifford, Melody Gao, Mauricio Hernandez, Isabel Lewin-Knauer, Victoria McReynolds, Mia Murphy, Sofia Silvosa, Rory Smith, Sanceray Smith, Caleb Watson and Cabell Whitlow, presented at Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase, Duke University, April 13, 2022)


Melody Gao

This Team in the News

Meet the Members of the 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council

Making the Most of Duke, Summer 2021

This project team was originally part of the Education & Human Development theme of Bass Connections, which ended in 2022. See related team, Celebrating Latinx Culture with a Spanish Reading Program (2022-2023). 


Image: Libreria Paradiso, Gijón, by Marisa Ortún, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Libreria Paradiso, Gijón.

Team Leaders

  • Laura Andrade
  • Joan Clifford, Arts & Sciences-Romance Studies

/graduate Team Members

  • Olivia Bond, Masters of Public Policy
  • Carvajal Rojas, Biology - PHD
  • Mauricio Hernandez, Environment-PHD
  • Ofelia Lopez, Romance Studies-PHD, Romance Studies-AM

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Cabell Whitlow, Psychology (BS)
  • Caleb Watson, Biology (BS)
  • Rory Smith, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Sanceray Smith, Political Science (AB)
  • Sofia Silvosa, Psychology (BS)
  • Mia Murphy, Romance Studies (AB)
  • Victoria McReynolds, Biology (BS)
  • Isabel Lewin-Knauer, History (AB)
  • Melody Gao, History (AB)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Center for International and Global Studies-Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Katie Rosanbalm, Sanford School of Public Policy-Center for Child and Family Policy

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Celeste Luna, Latinx Arts Boston
  • Iglesia Inmaculada Concepción
  • Seth Napier, Coach for College
  • Rafael Osuba, Artist Studio Project
  • Lakewood Elementary
  • Book Harvest
  • Durham County Library
  • Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel
  • Leigh Bordley, Latino Educational Achievement Partnership
  • Nicolas Andrade, University of Mar del Plata, Argentina