Universidad Popular

Universidad Popular es una iniciativa de educación popular diseñada para enseñar la historia de la comunidad, cultivar el liderazgo comunitario, y aumentar el nivel de participación cívica y social en nuestra comunidad.

Las classes se llevan a cabo cada miélcoles
8 de enero - 12 de febrero del 2014
5:30 - 7:30pm
Biblioteca de Vista
700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, CA

We are launching a community education initiative to increase knowledge and raise awareness about the historical and cultural legacy and heritage of Chicano/a and Latino/a communities in the United States. The classes will be held in Spanish only. Our first class is Wednesday September 4. Everyone is welcome. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in attending.

Noche de Culture


Friends and Colleagues,

In collaboration with community leaders and students, we are organizing a celebration, NOCHE DE CULTURA, to be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Vista Townsite Community Center (642 Vista Village Dr. Vista, CA) from 5-8pm.

We want to increase awareness and appreciation for our cultural heritage and community history. Please come and enjoy music, art, and food in a family friendly environment.

About National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.


Estimados Amigos/as y Colegas,

En colaboración con líderes comunitarios y estudiantes, estamos organizando una celebración, NOCHE DE CULTURA, que se llevara a cabo el sábado, 14 de septiembre del 2013 en Vista Townsite Community Center (642 Vista Village Dr. Vista, CA) de 5-8pm.

Nuestro propósito es incrementar el conocimiento y la apreciación for nuestra herencia cultural e historia. Favor de acompañarnos para disfrutar de nuestra música, arte, y comida en un ambiente familiar.

Sobre el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana/Latina

Cada año se observa el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, celebrando las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los ciudadanos Americanos quienes tienen raíces ancestrales en España, México, el Caribe, y Centro y Sud America.

La observación se inició en 1968 como La Semana de Herencia Hispana bajo el Presidente Lyndon Johnson y creció bajo el Presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988 a cubrir un periodo de 30 días empezando el 15 de septiembre y terminando el 15 de octubre. Se convirtió en ley el 17 de agosto de 1988 con la aprobación de la Ley Pública 100-402.

El 15 de septiembre es significativo porque es el aniversario de la independencia para países Latinoamericanos de Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua. Además, México y Chile celebran su independencia el 16 de septiembre y el 18 de septiembre, respectivamente. También, el Día de Colón o Día de la Raza, que es el 12 de octubre, es parte de este mes.

Universidad Popular

We are launching a community education initiative to increase knowledge and raise awareness about the historical and cultural legacy and heritage of Chicano/a and Latino/a communities in the United States. The classes will be held in Spanish only. Our first class is Wednesday September 4. Everyone is welcome. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in attending.

Universidad Popular


We have completed our Universidad Popular: Chicano(a)/Latino Studies Program: Civic Engagement course with over 62 participants from throughout North County. Participants completed an intensive 14-hour popular education course attending two-hour sessions for two months at the Vista Public Library learning political science and the importance of civic engagement in the United States. 

Several adults in the cohort don’t know how to read or write because they never went to school yet attended every class, experienced what it’s like to learn in a formal classroom setting for the first time in their lives and gained the confidence to share a wealth of wisdom with others. These individuals now have a deeper understanding of socio-economic and political forces that have shaped the lives of Latinos in the United States and are more informed and motivated to become civically engaged in community affairs. At the request of participants, we plan to partner with local civic organizations to continue supporting grassroots leadership development in North County. Specifically, Universidad Popular participants identified the need for a community family resource center in Vista and will continue working together to make our vision a reality.


American Diabetes Association - 2nd Annual "Conferencia de los Pies a la Cabeza (Latino Diabetes Conference)" 


The American Diabetes Association would like to invite you to participate at the 2nd Annual “Conferencia de los Pies a la Cabeza (Latino Diabetes Conference) on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 8-3pm at the Joe Balderrama Recreation Center (709 San Diego Street, Oceanside, CA 92054).  The event is geared toward providing free diabetes information to the Latino community in a conference setting.  A series of workshops will take place taught by experienced community outreach workers in a venue where they will learn the basics of diabetes and how to manage and control their diabetes and most importantly delay the onset of diabetes for those that do not have diabetes.

This one stop shop will begin with registration, welcome by a key note speaker, followed by the workshops and ending with a healthy lunch. Throughout the event there will be an opportunity to providethe 300+ participants with opportunities to visit the vendor booths for further diabetes education.

After the conference,  the end will be followed by the Closing Ceremonies of the Binational Border Health Week 2012 festivities.  The event will be moved to the adjacent park where the festival will include mariachi bands and Ballet Folklorico.

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your company and display your products. For more information, please contact Alison Olsen, ADA intern, at or 619-688-4285


Information Forum: Relief For Dreamers 

The SDIRC has organized another informational forum on the "deferred action" policy that was announced by President Obama. Please spread the word about the forum by promoting the attached flyer with all of your contacts. 

Informational Forum
Saturday June 30, 10am-12pm 
California State University, San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096


Ticitozaá: The History of México on Stage

Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente and Vista Townsite Community Partnership (VTCP) invite you to attend a fundraising event Ticitozaá: The History of México on Stage. Proceeds will be used to support its programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Matias Cardoso at via email at or call (760) 806-8980.


The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) presented:

Latinos and Latinas in San Diego County:
Understanding the Contributions and Challenges of Families in 2012 and Beyond


Thank you all very much for your participation and support. More than 120 people attended, and you all made this conference very successful! The conference report, presentations and movie files will be availabe soon. View the "San Diego Union Tribute: Latino Focused on Education, Health Care and Technology" newspaper article that featured this event.

Here is a message from Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez, NLRC director.



Thank you for being part of the Latinos in San Diego conference. Most importantly, thank you for your commitment and dedication to the families we all deeply care about and serve. Your participation, insights and contributions made yesterday a very special day.

In solidarity,

Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez, Ph.D.
National Latino Research Center
Cal State San Marcos

The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) presents:

Latinos and Latinas in San Diego County:
Understanding the Contributions and Challenges of Families in 2012 and Beyond

DATE:  Wednesday, April 4, 2012
TIME:  9 am – 2 pm
LOCATION:  Clarke Grand Salon, California State University San Marcos

In the past decade, Latino populations in the United States have grown dramatically. The 2010 U.S. Census figures indicate that Latinos have become the most populous ethnic group (other than Anglo-Europeans) in the country, representing 16 percent of the entire U.S. population.  In San Diego County, the number of Latinos grew from 750,965 in 2000 to 991,348 in 2010, a 32 percent increase. Economic and social indicators demonstrate that Latinos are living in difficult and challenging circumstances.

Against the current demographic landscape, the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at California State University San Marcos presents, Latinos in San Diego County, a conference to take a deeper look at how Latinos and Latinas are experiencing life in society today.  Presenting new research findings, NLRC researchers will discuss the impact of the economy, healthcare, education, and politics on Latino families. 

Online registration and online payment (payment by credit card), visit please click the 2012 Latino Conference page

For more information, please contact, Ana M. Ardón at or 760.750.3505.

National Latino Research Center
Cal State San Marcos
SBSB 2142
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 


Avenidas to Success

Thursday, February 3rd from 4.30 to 9pm.
It’s okay if you only can come to part of the activities. Parking is free! 

Location: Student Union @ Palomar College
Register and pick up evaluation and program summary

4.30 – 5pm: Social Networking among students, staff and faculty 
Student Clubs from Palomar, MiraCosta & CSUSM

5pm: Dinner is served and networking continues 

5.30: Introduce the event and goals.
Introduction: Dr. Marisol Clark-Ibáñez (CSUSM)
Welcome: Herman Lee, Palomar College Admissions

5.45 – 6pm: move to P-32 
Location: Room P-32

5.45 – 6.30pm: Scholarships and Financial Aid Presentations
Introductions: Cecilia Rocha
Vonda Garcia, CSUSM FAS
Mary San Agustin, PC FAS
Leo Melena CSUSM/BECA 

6.30 – 7.15pm: Legal Overview for AB 540 Students
Introduction: Adrean Askerneese
Presenter: Miko Tokuhama-Olsen 

7.15 – 7.45pm: Immigration Attorneys Introductions
Ginger Jacobs
Daniel Stracka
Matthew G. Holt
Katia Hansen

7.45 – 8.45pm: Break Out Sessions with Individual Attorneys
Rooms: P-32, MD-303, MD-317, MD-304, MD-304, MD-314

8.45 – 9pm: Conclude and Collect Evaluations

Lux Boreal
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm
ARTS 111

Tijuana-based LUX BOREAL is a Contemporary Dance Company featured and acclaimed internationally. LUX BOREAL will perform their latest work, LAMB, created by Australian choreographer Phillip Adams. Incorporating film and spoken word, LAMB is a curious amalgam of biblical and modern references. For mature audiences only.

Co-sponsors: Dance Studies Program, National Latino Research Center

Lux Boreal

Our Greater San Diego Vision
December 2011



The San Diego Foundation has launched an historic effort to develop a long-term vision for the San Diego region. This groundbreaking effort is led by respected local business and community leaders, such as NLRC, whose aim is the engagement of unprecedented numbers of residents to create a vision for our region. The goal is to get the word out to as many people as possible regarding Our Greater San Diego Vision also known as  and to encourage participation once the online interactive survey (a.k.a. the “choosing”) launches on November 30. 

On November 30th the “Choosing” launches at:

Rural Mobile Food Pantry is Making a Difference: Increasing access to healthy food in North San Diego County
Summary Report
November 30, 2011

The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at California State University San Marcos has found that food insecurity in North San Diego County parallels the growing trend nationally and statewide. More and more families are unable to acquire enough food for their families. Poverty continues to be predictive of food insecurity. For those who are dependent on agriculture as a livelihood, the season to season income fluctuations engender financial instability, resulting in unmet nutritional needs of farmworker and families in rural communities. In 2007, California grossed more than 36.5 billion in agriculture, however today’s farmworkers in rural communities throughout California are struggling to feed themselves (CDFA, 2007).  Insufficient food and access is compounded by the economic downturn in communities across the nation.

In an effort to increase access to food in rural communities in North San Diego County, the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at California State University San Marcos began collaborating with Feeding America to launch a mobile food pantry in North San Diego County reaching families who live in isolated and rural communities. In 2010, Feeding America received funds to purchase a refrigerated truck to transport food to these rural communities and NLRC worked with community leaders (lideres comunitarios) and community based organizations (i.e. Vista Community Clinic, Community Housing Works, Rainbow Community Church and Neighborhood Healthcare), to design a distribution plan to reach families in need.

The lideres comunitarios have been especially critical to the success of this endeavor because they were the first to identify the need for food and petitioned community organizations to assist them in finding much needed resources. The lideres comunitarios network was formalized in 2005 through a grant from The California Endowment for Poder Popular para la Salud del Pueblo, a community-building initiative with the purpose of building leadership capacity in the state’s agricultural areas. During the last five years, they have been working diligently to improve the health, living and working conditions of agricultural workers by strengthening and engaging grassroots leadership.

National Latino Research CenterCoordinated by the National Latino Research Center, Vista Community Clinic, and Community Housing Works, Poder Popular made it possible to train over 100 lideres comunitarios who are now actively engaged in communities throughout North County. They are organized in local and regional comites (committees) and generally meet weekly to discuss their work. There are standing comites in Vista, Escondido, Fallbrook, Pala, and Ramona. The National Latino Research Center continues to support the lideres and works closely with them to identify issue priorities, seek funding, and provide technical support to implement their advocacy and empowerment plans. Over the years, the lideres developed critical skills and expertise to assume leadership roles in addressing critical social issues (i.e. health, education, government and employment, and food access).

Phase one of this project began January 2011. During this initial phase, community organizations came together to launch a pilot program to increase food access for families living in rural communities of North San Diego County using the mobile food pantry. We agreed that it was important to distribute healthy and nutritious food and worked closely with staff from Feeding America to create a list of preferred food items including vegetables, dairy, fresh fruits, and grains. The first delivery took place in January 2011 and continued through June 2011.

During this time, partners documented barriers families encounter accessing nutritious food, provided food to low-income families facing hunger in targeted rural communities, and assessed the feasibility of extending the project beyond this initial phase. Partners met monthly to evaluate the food distribution program. The initial phase was funded by Feeding America and the National Latino Research Center through in-kind support and a grant from The California Endowment intended to link families to safety-net services in rural communities. During the initial phase, the distributions took place in Rainbow, Rincon and Pala.

After the initial phase, we agreed unanimously that it was of critical importance to identify additional funding to sustain the project and we had to expand it to at least one new community (Pauma). NLRC then sought support from the Leichtag Family Foundation and secured $25,000 in funding to sustain the project from June to December 2011. From July 2011 to November 2011 the mobile pantry served over 2,189 families and connected hundreds of families to safety-net services such as food stamps and medical services. Today the distributions take place in Rainbow, Rincon, Pala and Pauma. The group is exploring expansion into Ramona if additional funding is secured for 2012.

In addition to receiving food aid, families can obtain nutrition information, food stamp prescreening assistance, disaster preparedness education, and information about other vital resources existent in their community. The lideres comunitarios contact local service providers and assist with coordination of the delivery of services by local clinics. NLRC has been collecting data to assess community needs and we are in the process of analyzing and summarizing data for year 1. The registration survey asks community residents demographic questions and is supplemented with a food needs assessment designed to establish baseline data to track and monitor issues of food security.

NLRC will continue working with community partners and lideres comunitarios to sustain the project and expand the research and educational opportunities that will help to raise awareness about food insecurity in our local service area.

For additional information on Reducing Hunger & Food Insecurity in California’s Rural & Farmworker Communities, please contact Sandra Carmona or Fabiola Gastelum at the NLRC at 760.750.3500 or

The Vista Townsite Community Partnership (VTCP) and Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente Presents "De Colores..." 
November 11th and 12th at the AVO Playhouse from 7:00PM - 9:00PM


Vista, California - The Vista Townsite Community Partnership (VTCP) and Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente Presents "De Colores..." on November 11th and 12th at the AVO Playhouse from 7:00PM - 9:00PM; lobby opens at 6:00PM.  The event will highlight 10 different regions from Mexico through traditional dances from our VTCP Ballet Folklorico youth program, Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente and special guest Mission Hills High School Folklorico Club.  Come support VTCP raise funds for the future Visual and Performance Arts Department (VPA).  The VPA will be creating multiple cultural youth programs for our community at little or no cost for families that qualify for low income services.  The Event is going to highlight the cultural treasures by the residents in the Greater North Vista area.  Tickets for adults are $10 and military/seniors/kids/students are $8.  Its open seating, so arrive early to have a great seat for the show. Please visit to purchase your ticket or for more information about the show call Gumaro Escarcega at (619) 519-2027.  Thank you for your continuous support.

About VTCP
VTCP is a community driven organization that identifies the needs of the Townsite and Greater North Vista Area and develops programs and services that will improve the Vista Townsite and Greater North Vista Community. As a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, the VTCP maintains its efforts to educate and help low-income families better their lives. 

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Border Health Conference 2011
December 2, 2011 8:00-5:00
U.S. Grant Hotel

The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) invites you to attend the 2011 Conference on Border Health at the US Grant Hotel, San Diego, California.

TCWF encourages grantees and other leaders who work with border populations and on border health issues to submit a proposal to conduct a workshop session at the conference on December 2. Proposals will be evaluated on how well the session objectives and design contribute to the field; exhibit creativity or innovation; and demonstrate relevance to current issues, trends and strategies.

(Conference registration)

4th Annual Imperial County Environmental Health Leadership Summit 2011

November 17, 2011 (8:00-16:30)
San Diego State University, Rodney Auditorium
720 Heber Avenue
Calexico, CA 92231  


NLRC is proudly co-sponsoring this event and working with Comité Cívico del Valle to make it a successful event. More detailed information will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

Who Should Attend:

Community Members, Environmental Justice Organizations, Government Agencies, Health Care Providers, Promotoras De Salud, Community Leaders, Academia, Students, Community Organizations, and Concerned Residents.


The purpose of the summit is to bring together environmental health and justice advocates, government agencies, and community residents to identify strategies to address environmental issues in Imperial County through education, Collaboration, and community participation

Visit the Environmental Health Leadership Summit website.

Whetherization Plus Health Regional Conference, San Diego, 2011
November 16-18, 2011

As part of the Weatherization Plus Health initiative, DOE is offering six regional conferences that will take place across the country. Conference participants will meet new partners and explore options for collaboration.

Canned Food Drive for Project Homeless Connect

November 16th, CSUSM Clarke Field House (Canned Food Drive, collection due Nov 8 at various locations on campus)

The U.S.-Mexico Border Dialogue Coalition Conference (detailed conference information )
 October 12-14, CSUSM Clarke Field House

U.S.-Mexico Border Dialogue Coalition
October 12-14, 2011
A Three-Institution Conference Project:
California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) - Palomar College
Mira Costa College 

Coalición por el Diálogo Fronterizo entre EE.UU. y México
Del 12 al 14 de octubre de 2011
Una conferencia triinstitucional organizada por:
California State University, San Marcos - Palomar College
Mira Costa College

CONFERENCE DETAILS / Detalles de la conferencia: 

The U.S.-Mexico Border Dialogue Coalition is a two-day conference that will focus on issues of border violence and gender—ranging from structural violence to feminicide, and resulting traumas in families as well as individuals, along with the role of art, activism, and in the healing process.  Planning is underway with the leadership of Sharon Allen, Palomar College, and Sheryl Lutjens, CSUSM, and funding through North County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA) grant, the CSUSM Arts and Lectures Program, National Latino Research Center, Women’s Studies and Anthropology Departments, Women’s Studies Student Association, Triota, and MEChA student association from the three learning institutions. The conference will invite students, faculty, and the community to participate in presentations/lectures, art and theater, and a series of workshops to discuss strategies for problem-solving that leads to solutions.

La Coalición por el Diálogo Fronterizo entre EE.UU. y México es una conferencia de dos días que se centrará en temas de violencia en la región fronteriza y género: violencia estructural, feminicidio, las heridas psicológicas resultantes en familias e individuos, así como el papel del arte y el activismo en el proceso de recuperación del trauma.  La planificación está en marcha bajo el liderazgo de Sharon Allen (Palomar College) y Sheryl Lutjens (CSUSM).  La conferencia está financiada por una beca de la Alianza del Condado Norte por la Educación Superior (NCHEA), el programa Arts & Lectures (CSUSM) y el Centro Nacional para Investigación sobre Latinas y Latinos (CSUSM) y los capítulos de MEChA de las tres instituciones participantes.  La conferencia invitará a estudiantes, profesorado y la comunidad a participar en presentaciones y conferencias, representaciones teatrales y artísticas, y una serie de talleres para discutir estrategias prácticas para la resolución de problemas.

Speakers and invited guests include / Entre los presentadores e invitados se incluyen:

Alan Aquallo, American Indian Studies, Palomar College

Anne Bautista, Esq., ACCESS, Inc., San Diego

Brent Blair, Director, Applied Theatre Arts, University of Southern California/Los Angeles, and guests.


Giovanna Ortiz, Directora, Casas de Cuidado Diario Infantiles de Ciudad Juárez


Iana Quesnell, Tijuana artist


Olivia Teresa Ruiz Marrujo, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana 

Kathleen Staudt, Political Science Department, University of Texas, El Paso, Texas


Ada Luisa V. de Trillo, Private Consultant and Board Member, Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family 


Please be sure to include your full name(s), the workshop number, your email address(s), and total people you are registering.  A “lite” lunch is included for registered participants.

REGISTRO NECESARIO PARA TALLERES viernes. Puede asistir a uno o los tres. TALLER I (uno) está limitado a 40, así que regístrate TEMPRANO por correo electrónico

Por favor, asegúrese de incluir su nombre completo (s), el númerodel taller, su dirección de correo electrónico (s), y el total de personas que está registrando. A "lite" el almuerzo está incluidopara los participantes registrados.


The organization of the conference includes [Horario en español más abajo]:

Wednesday, October 12, 5:00-8:00:  opening reception and art exhibition.  Guest lecturers/artists:

Iana Quesnell, Tijuana artist 

Alan Aquallo, presenting a soundscape

Thursday, October 13:  series of three lectures


Olivia Teresa Ruiz Marrujo, Gender Violence at the Border


Kathleen A. Staudt , Violence and Activism at the Border: Gender, Fear, and Everyday Life in Ciudad Juárez

Building on her research and activism over the last ten years in the bi-national El Paso-Ciudad Juárez community, Kathleen (Kathy) Staudt will analyze violence against women and feminicidio of the last two decades as a preview for the tenfold increase in overall murder rates in recent years in Juárez. She will also analyze the structural violence of poverty and migrants’ northward journeys. Kathy will share examples of courageous resistance and activism, despite obstacles, threats, and intimidation. With a feminist lens, she will problematize current public policies in both Mexico and the U.S., and outline strategies for change—however daunting that may be in 2011. 


Ada Luisa V. de Trillo, Violence, Globalization and Societal Process

Presenting field research from her recent case studies of families directly affected by border violence in Cuidad Juárez, Mexico, Ada Trillo will discuss societal process and the role of anxiety in the challenging issue of border violence.  Using the Bowen System Theory, Ada looks behaviorally and physiologically at changes in these individuals and their families and elements that buffer these individuals when dealing with the levels of anxiety on the Border. In addition to her role as a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for the Study of Natural Systems, Ada has a private consultation business in Cuidad Juárez.  Information on Center for the Study of Natural Systems and the Family can be found at:

Thursday, October 13, 7:00-9:30:  evening activity, dialogue and discussion.

Trauma and Liberation Arts.

Brent Blair will host an evening of dialogue on collective trauma, centered around selected monologues from the play Seven; in focus is a discussion about the relationship that Theatre of the Oppressed and cultural fieldworkers might play in situations of high collective trauma to provide a platform for community healing and social justice.

Applied Theatre Arts invites community-based artists, educators, therapists, social workers and political activists to explore how theatre can be applied to non-traditional theatrical settings.  The curriculum at USC is inspired by the work of the late Augusto Boal. Boal’s work, known as Theatre of the Oppressed, is a popular, expressive art form where actors and non-actors collaborate to investigate personal, social and political problems with the aim of individual and collective transformation.

Practiced in more than 70 countries, Theatre of the Oppressed techniques are typically utilized in the areas of education, social work, therapy and political activism.

Friday, October 14: three workshops [workshop content and details will follow]


Opening plenary and planning session


Workshop I Theatre of the Oppressed/Trauma & Liberation Arts 

(This workshop can accommodate no more than 40 people, so make sure you sign up early.)

Presenters: Brent Blair, and guests. 

Workshop coordinators/facilitators: Michael Mufson, Palomar College, Marcos Martinez, California State, San Marcos, Eric Bishop, Mira Costa College

11:30-12:30  “Lite” Lunch provided for registered participants.


Workshop II Uncovering Violence:  Children, Violence and Conflict 

Presenters: Giovanna Ortiz, Directora of Casas de Cuidado Diario Infantiles, Ciudad J Juárez; Romina Ortega, Child Development Major, Palomar College 

Workshop coordinators/facilitators: John Valdez and Sharon Allen, Palomar College 


Workshop III Gendered Violence

Presenters: Attorney Anne S. Bautista, San Diego (VAWA specialist), and Marisa Ugarte, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition

Workshop coordinators/facilitators: Sheryl Lutjens and Ariana Rivera

4:30-5:30  Closing Session (and debriefing)


Todas las conferencias y talleres se llevarán a cabo en CSUSM, Clarke Field House Grand Salon (113).

La organización de la conferencia incluye:

Miércoles, 12 de octubre, 05:00-08:00: Recepción de apertura y exposición de arte. Conferencistas invitados / artistas:

Iana Quesnell, artista de Tijuana

Alan Aquallo presentará un paisaje sonoro 

Jueves, 13 de octubre: serie de tres conferencias


Olivia Teresa Ruiz Marrujo, “La violencia de género en la frontera”


Kathleen A. Staudt, “Violencia y activismo en la frontera: género, miedo y vida cotidiana en Ciudad Juárez”

Basándose en sus investigaciones y activismo en los últimos diez años en la comunidad bi-nacional de El Paso – Ciudad Juárez, Kathleen (Kathy) Staudt analizará el feminicidio y otras formas de violencia contra las mujeres como anticipación del aumento en la tasa general de homicidios en Ciudad Juárez en un 1000%  También se analizará la violencia estructural en relación a la pobreza y las migraciones al norte. Kathy presentará ejemplos de activismo y valerosa resistencia frente a obstáculos, coacción y amenazas.  Discutirá los problemas en la gestión pública de estas cuestiones en México y los EE.UU. desde una perspective feminista y trazará estrategias para un cambio futuro—por muy difícil que ello parezca en 2011.


Ada Luisa V. de Trillo, Proceso de la violencia, la globalización y sociales

Basándose en investigaciones de campo sobre familias afectadas por la violencia fronteriza en Ciudad Juárez, México, Ada Trillo discutirá procesos sociales y el papel de la ansiedad en el candente tema de la violencia fronteriza.  Aplicando la teoría de sistemas de Bowen, Ada contempla los cambios psicológicos y conductuales de gente afrontando situaciones de ansiedad en la región fronteriza.  Además de su participación en el consejo de administración del Centro para el Estudio de Sistemas Naturales, Ada tiene una consultoría privada en Ciudad Juárez.  Se puede encontrar información sobre el Centro para el Estudio de los Sistemas Naturales y la Familia en

Jueves, 13 de octubre, 07:00-nueve y media: actividad de la tarde, diálogo y discusión.

Trauma y artes de liberación.

Brent Blairmoderará un diálogo sobre el trauma colectivo, centrado en torno a monólogos seleccionados de la obra Seven. La discusión se enfocará en el espacio que el Teatro del Oprimido y los trabajadores culturales pueden jugar en situaciones de trauma colectivo grave con el fin de facilitar la recuperación de la comunidad y la justicia social.

Applied Theatre Arts invita a artistas, educadores, terapeutas, trabajadores sociales y activistas políticos localizados en la comunidad a explorar aplicaciones del teatro puede en ámbitos no tradicionales. El plan de estudios en la USC se inspira en la obra tardía de Augusto Boal.  El trabajo de Boal, conocido como “Teatro del Oprimido”, es una forma popular de arte expresivo donde actores y no actores colaboran para investigar problemas personales, sociales y políticos con el fin de transformar al individuo y la colectividad.

Las técnicas del Teatro del Oprimido se utilizan en más de 70 países, en áreas como educación, trabajo social, psicoterapia y activismo político.

Viernes, 14 de octubre: tres talleres [contenido del taller y los detalles se siguen]


Sesión plenaria de apertura y planificación


I Taller de Teatro del Oprimidos / Trauma y Liberación

(Este taller tiene un máximo de 40 participantes: asegúrese de registrarse temprano.)

Presentadores: Brent Blair, y los invitados.

Coordinadores / facilitadores del taller: Michael Mufson, Palomar College, Marcos Martínez, Cal State San Marcos, Eric Bishop, Mira Costa College

11:30-01:00 Almuerzo


Taller II Descubrimiento de la violencia: los niños, la violencia y los conflictos

Presentadores: Giovanna Ortiz, Directora de Cuidado Diario de Casas Infantiles, Ciudad Juárez;  J. Romina Ortega, departamento de desarrollo infantil, Palomar College

Coordinadores del taller / facilitadores: Juan Valdez y Sharon Allen, Palomar College


Taller III  Violencia de género

Ponentes: Ana S. Bautista, JD San Diego (especialista en la Ley de Violencia contra las Mujeres de 1994), y Marisa Ugarte, Bilateral de Seguridad en la Coalición del Corredor

Coordinadores del taller / facilitadores: Sheryl Lutjens y Jennifer Meneray

04:30-05:30 Sesión de clausura y reflexiones finales

Goals and Objectives of the U.S.-Mexico Border Dialogue Coalition Project

The project will enhance communication and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, staff and students within the three learning institutions in North San Diego County and educators within Mexico.  More specifically:

•Within the conference/workshop format at the three learning institutions, academics and social organizations from both the United States and Mexico will come together to share ideas and research related to border conflict and violence; especially how violence and conflict affect women and children.

•Cross-border collaboration between academics and social organizations at U.S. and Mexican institutions will challenge the conflict and violence through dialogue and academic inquiry as well as proposing solutions for change.

•This program will contribute to existing curriculum and programs at all three learning institutions. CSUSM Women’s program focuses on transnational feminisms, Chicana feminisms, and gender and immigration. In 2011 CSUSM WMST will offer special topics courses entitled Experiences of Immigrant Women and WMST 370 Transnational Feminisms.  This program will also expand and enrich several disciplines offered at Palomar College, including Chicano/a Studies and Multicultural Studies.

•This conference can engage students in some of today’s most urgent social, economic, and environmental matters. It will assist students in examining issues related to migration, human rights, globalization, food systems, and the environment through the lens of the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Objetivos y metas de la Coalición por el Diálogo Fronterizo entre EE.UU. y México:

El proyecto mejorará la comunicación y la colaboración interdisciplinaria entre profesores, empleados y estudiantes de las tres instituciones de enseñanza superior en el norte del condado de San Diego con los educadores mexicanos. Concretamente:

• A través del formato de conferencias y talleres. Académicos y organizaciones sociales de Estados Unidos y México se reunirán para compartir ideas e investigación sobre violencia y conflicto fronterizo, con un énfasis en como estos afectan a mujeres y niños.

• La colaboración transfronteriza entre académicos y organizaciones sociales en EE.UU. y las instituciones mexicanas pondrá en cuestión y propondrá soluciones para el cambio en las condiciones de violencia y conflicto fronterizo mediante el diálogo y la investigación académica.

• Este programa contribuirá a los planes de estudios existentes en CSUSM, Palomar Collge y Mira Costa College.  El programa de estudios sobre la mujer en CSUSM se centra en el feminismos transnacional y chicano, así como cuestiones de género e inmigración.  En 2012, el programa de estudios de la mujer de CSUSM ofrecerá los cursos especiales “Experiencias de las Mujeres Inmigrantes” y “Feminismos transnacionales”. Este programa también amplia y enriquece diversas disciplinas estudiadas en Palomar College, incluyendo estudios chicanos y estudios multiculturales.

• Esta conferencia puede involucrar a los estudiantes en algunas de las cuestiones más urgentes de la actualidad social, económica y ambiental. Ayudará a los estudiantes a examinar cuestiones relacionadas con la migración, los derechos humanos, la globalización, sistemas de alimentación y el medio ambiente a través del ámbito de la región fronteriza México-Estados Unidos.

The U.S.-Mexico Border Dialogue Coalition Conference
October 12-14, CSUSM Clarke Field House 

nchea conference

NLRC Facebook
Sep, 2011
Por fin, NLRC Facebook page is available! Por favor, "me gusta" us and follow us :)

Imperial County Environmental Health Leadership Summit 2011
November 16-18

NLRC is proudly co-sponsoring this event and working with Comité Cívico del Valle to make it a successful event. More detailed information will be announced as soon as it becomes available. 
Conference Highlights (from 2009):

Comité Cívico Del Valle Inc. and the National Latino Research Center have the honor of inviting you to the 2nd Environmental Health Leadership Summit. This summit is designed as a neutral ground to convene residents, educators, community leaders, health care providers, and environmental activist in formalizing efforts to address environmental health priorities for the Imperial Valley. This is a much needed movement in the Imperial Valley. Topics of great concern will be addressed. Your participation and involvement will create change in our underserved communities.

2011 Guelaguetza Festival Celebrates Oaxaca Mexico

The culture and traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico, was celebrated at Cal State San Marcos during the 2011 

Guelaguetza Festival, 11:00am. to 4:30p.m., Sun., September 25, 2011, on the campus’ Forum Plaza.  This is the tenth occasion that the Guelaguetza will be celebrated at CSU San Marcos.  The annual Guelaguetza Festival is the region’s original and largest of its kind. 

This family event is modeled after the yearly festival held in Oaxaca City each July, during which members of the region’s 23 indigenous groups come together to share their distinctive music, dance, dress, and food. A Zapotec word signifying offering or reciprocity, Guelaguetza traditionally was a ceremony and celebration held each year in Oaxaca to pacify the gods in return for sufficient rain and a bountiful harvest.  This ceremony also symbolizes the coming together and unity of Oaxacan communities both in Oaxaca and abroad.  The Oaxacan indigenous community in California is one of the newest and fastest growing. 

The event, which attracts thousands of community members each year, is hosted by Cal State San Marcos and sponsored by the Coalition of Indigenous Communities of Oaxaca (COCIO) in collaboration with the Anthropology Department. COCIO is a grassroots organization in North County made up of Mixtec, Zapotec, Chinantec, Trique, Mixe, and other indigenous Oaxacan communities which have come together to support and celebrate Oaxacan culture as well as to support projects that benefit the Oaxacan Community.  The department of anthropology has collaborated with local Oaxacan indigenous communities for over 15 years in numerous community based research, cultural and social programs. 
The celebration included a program featuring Oaxacan dance groups and musicians.  Traditional foods, such as Tlayudas (corn tortillas) and Oaxacan candy, and arts and crafts was available for purchase.   Proceeds from the event and from the food and crafts sold go toward event expenses and community based projects that aim to improve the health and well being of the Oaxacan transnational community.  Information about local community and university services were also available.

Más información, visite la página web de

la Coalición de Comunidades Indígenas de Oaxaca 

NLRC Faculty Collaborators Reception
Sep 13. 2011 12:00-13:30
SBSB 2111 & SBSB 2142 

The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) invited CSUSM faculty membersto ...
1. Meet NLRC staff
2. Learn about current research projects
3. Learn about student service learning projects
4. Identify areas for future collaborative research


Harvest of Lonliness/Cosecha Triste
Sep 9, 2011
Documentary review by Arcela Nunez-Alvarez, Ph.D. 

Practically every Mexican living in the United States today is a descendant of a bracero or knows one of these pioneers who were part of a massive population movement that tied Mexico and the United States. Unfortunately, neither the individuals who participated in the program nor the labor system the program created have received the attention deserved in either country. The documentary film, Harvest of Loneliness/Cosecha Triste, produced and directed by Gilbert Gonzalez, Vivian Price, and Adrian Salinas, sheds light on the existence of this important “guest worker” program and helps us to better understand the origin and dangerous implications of contemporary political plans seeking to reinvent and implement some sort of modern-day Bracero program to solve complex immigration and labor issues... Read more.

Harvest of Lonliness

Moving to new Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBSB)
Jul, 2011

We were the first group who moved into the new Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (SBSB) in June 2011! We kind of miss our old offices at the CSUSM Library, but it is great for us to share a giant office! Now we feel a stronger sense of solidarity! Also we are closer to some Departments such as Sociology, Communication, Anthropology, etc., and it is easier than ever to work with CSUSM faculty members! It is great to have a home!!


Past Events/News

A-G for All: 100% Prepared for College & Career

North County Education Roundtable
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
CSUSM Clark Field House 110
3:30 - 5:00pm

Dear Colleagues,
 The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at Cal State San Marcos invites you to join a conversation on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 to discuss the formation of a collaborative effort to assess educational disparities in ‘A-G’ completion in North San Diego County. NLRC’s study aims to better understand the gap in awareness and knowledge of ‘A-G’ among Latino and Latina students and their families. In collaboration with CSUSM campus partners, Equality Alliance and Education Trust West, NLRC will assess student, parent and community awareness and support for the preparation of Latino and Latina students in ‘A-G’ course work. Utilizing community-based participatory research methodology, NLRC will host and sponsor a series of community meetings, workshops, and presentations to gather data and disseminate information to increase awareness about ‘A-G’ requirements in Spanish and English.
Attached please find an education factsheet and a study summary for your reference.
Best regards,
Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez, NLRC Research Director

The Latino Conversation Series

The National Latino Research Center (NLRC) is committed to community outreach and awareness. Through its collaborations with Arts & Lectures at CSUSM, Context: Library Series, MEChA, local organizations, universities and community colleges, the NLRC has successfully hosted cultural and research-based events aimed at raising awareness about issues affecting Latino populations locally, regionally, nationwide, and transnationally. All NLRC events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
For more information about the Latino Conversation Series, send an electronic message to