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College of Education—University of Oregon

 Eugene, Oregon 

Dr. Heather McClure, Director (

The Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP) is dedicated to working with communities to better understand and support the positive development of children and families, particularly those who are underserved by education, health, and social service systems. We focus on populations that bear the greatest burden of health and education disparities related to adverse social and economic conditions. Our research informs culturally-specific prevention, intervention, and policy efforts that build on community strengths. Our aim is to improve the ability of education, health, and social services delivery systems to respond to the needs of underserved communities.

CEQP concentrates on five core areas: 

  • substantive research

  • research methodologies

  • community engagement

  • research to practice

  • education and mentorship


Major themes of CEQP’s work include: 

  • immigrant community behavioral health and education disparities 

  • immigrant community integration and access 

  • family-based preventive intervention development, cultural adaptation, and dissemination

  • support for children of incarcerated parents

  • effects of mentoring programs on youth outcomes 

  • community influences on biosocial stress and health


Our Beginnings

In 1999, Dr. Charles Martinez founded the Latino Research Team at the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Heather McClure, current CEQP Director, joined in 2005, and Betsy Ruth, Operations Manager, joined in 2002. In 2012, we moved to the University of Oregon’s College of Education and became the Center for Equity Promotion. Key to our center is our mentorship of high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, many of whom are 1st generation college students.

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Meet Our Team

Our CEQP Management Team

CEQP Team Members

(in alphabetical order)



CEQP Advisory Council

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