News & Notes

  • Apr 2, 2017
    Throughout the month of march, our LIPS students participated as surveyors in the Somerville Gentrification Project. The project is run in part by Laurie Goldman from the Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP) department at Tufts University. After about a month and a half of surveying at various events, including our adult English classes, two LIPS students reported to have had great experiences and to have learned a lot. For example, Kenia, a LIPS student who lives in Somerville, found that “residents realize that they are being impacted by gentrification, but they feel like they can’t have a say in what happens because they feel powerless or like no one cares about what happens to them.”
  • Apr 2, 2017
    With just four more days left until YUM, we are getting extremely excited for an evening celebrating our immigrant communities and those who work hard for immigrant justice. YUM promotes immigrant-run Somerville restaurants, highlighting contributions of the city's immigrant communities. The YUM 2017 restaurant of the year award will be presented to Sheila Foley from The Neighborhood Restaurant. Additionally, two community members are honored for their incredible work in the community. Below is a sneak peak of the awardees. It’s not too late to buy YUM tickets! Just follow this link.


  • Mar 2, 2017
    For the next twelve weeks, the Welcome Project will be piloting a new trauma and leadership program for our intermediate/advanced ESOL students and other interested members in the community. The program aims to help immigrant adults in our community develop their personal narratives as a way to heal from emotional trauma as well as empower themselves as leaders. Central to the program is the belief that the skills acquired in overcoming trauma are the same skills needed to be a strong leader...