Transdisciplinary grant to support biliteracy program for Spanish speaking families in West Los Angeles

  • Research

A group of UCLA researchers from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Education have come together to design a community-engaged program in partnership with the West Los Angeles branch of the LA Public Library.

The program will serve school-aged children and families from mostly Spanish speaking immigrant communities in West Los Angeles. Funded by a Transdisciplinary Research Acceleration seeds grant from the UCLA Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA), this effort will provide a strong program of biliteracy development to emergent bilinguals, focusing on emotional wellbeing, healing, and health through story-making and storytelling.

Members of the transdisciplinary research team include Kristi Westphaln, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC (Nursing), Jocelyn Meza, PhD (Medicine), Inmaculada García-Sánchez, PhD (Education), and Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, PhD (Education).