Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Santiago directs the Community Leadership Center and is the overseer and Board Chair of the LEAP Academy University Charter School. Santiago’s record of service and the impact of her work on poor children and families, minorities, and community are exemplary by any standard. She is a passionate and enthusiastic educator, who has focused her professional acumen on helping people to be able to become self-reliant citizens through education and professional development. Her work on behalf of children and families has resulted in the development of a model charter school in Camden City that today serves 1,400 students in grades from infants to -16th and has become a hub for serving the families of these children through a number of LEAP portfolio schools in Camden City.
Analyzes best practices for social workers to work with the Puerto Rican populations in the US and highlights cultural and sociological differences in dealing with Puerto Rican children and families.
Previews biographies of migrant worker families and their struggles to survive labor camp conditions.
Introduces original ethnography research on the conditions of Latina battered women in prison and their struggle for freedom and justice while in prison. It provides a compelling analysis of their living conditions while married to their partners and how they were victims of abuse at home and in prison.
Discusses evidence of how a school leader transformed Cooper St. into a successful school that produces 100% graduation rate and college placement. Best practices around urban school reform and transformational leadership.
Illuminates successful Latina women leaders who are groundbreakers of obstacles and made it to leadership positions in America.
Analyses the historical successes and failures of the labor movement in organizing migrant farmworkers in NJ. Focuses on the relationship between change in organizational structure and effectiveness of the Puerto Rican Migrant Farmworkers movement as it underwent development.
Santiago is a blogger for U.S. World News, the Huffington Post, and is a commentator for ABC, MSNBC, NBC, and CBS News on issues of education and community development.