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Latinx Cooperative Research

Latinx people have long been an influential and integral part of the U.S. cooperative movement. Although not the first research involving Latinx co-ops, UWCC has conducted the first national compilation of U.S. Latinx cooperatives of all co-op types and sectors. Research for this report was conducted in collaboration with renowned scholar Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, professor of City University of New York. Dr. Gordon Nembhard is author of Collective Courage, and her work has inspired the creation of Black-led co-ops nationally.

This research initiative aims to recognize and better understand the collective role of Latinx cooperatives in the broader co-op community and to support their efforts. Key research findings and a cluster map of Latinx cooperatives from the aggregate dataset are below.

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Key Findings

Key findings of this preliminary research include the following:

Where are the co-ops?

A cluster map of the aggregate dataset of 180 Latinx co-ops in the U.S. Note that the red dots represent the average location of one or more co-ops, not individual co-op locations.

Growth of Latinx Co-ops

The graph shows the year of incorporation of surveyed cooperatives, suggesting that the number of Latinx cooperatives is growing.

Thank you to the Cooperative Development Education Fund for a grant to fund this project. If you have any questions, contact Esther West at ejwest@wisc.edu or (608) 263-4775.