On-Going and Recent Projects

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


Food Justice Initiative Mobile Food Pantry


Report by Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez

Many families in North San Diego County lack regular access to food, especially nutritious food options. The need is especially acute among low-income, farmworker, immigrant, and non-English speaking communities.

NLRC began increasing access to healthy food through coordination of the first Mobile Pantry in North San Diego County. In collaboration with Feeding America, The Leichtag Family Foundation, The Bravo Foundation, the Farmworker CARE Coalition, and community leaders or líderes comunitarios of Poder Popular para la Salud del Pueblo, NLRC is facilitating access to food to families in great need.

The Mobile Pantry is part of a wider county-wide initiative designed to increase access to healthier and more nutritious food for families living in low income and isolated communities who often have health-related problems associated with poor diet and food insecurity (i.e. diabetes, obesity, etc.). In partnership with Feeding America, NLRC and the lideres comunitarios created a list of food items that meet nutritional recommendations and are culturally appropriate. Families receive 1-2 loafs of bread, 4 canned items, 1 box of granola or other cereal, and a bag of produce. Each family receives about 20 lbs of food. Although we have created a list of preferred items, what families actually receive may vary at each distribution; sometimes they receive additional products such as water, diapers, and other stuff not commonly given at food banks. Many of the families who receive food from the Mobile Pantry were affected by the wildfires in 2007 and are still recovering from suffering loss of property, employment, etc. Therefore, any product extra items they receive are needed and welcomed. Feeding America covers the cost of food and travel and NLRC provides staffing for coordination of logistics, distributions and community outreach and education...

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San Diego Healthy Homes Collaborative (SDHHC) 2010-2013

The grant funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and called the “San Diego Healthy Homes Collaborative” (SDHHC) was intended to address housing conditions that threaten the health of residents.  Specifically, the grant made it possible to identify environmental and safety hazards in the home and then implement cost effective measures, at no cost to the occupants, to create healthy homes for families and children. The program is available to residents of the City of San Diego.

As part of the SDHHC grant program, an evaluation has been conducted by the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at California State University San Marcos.  The evaluation is intended to assess impact of interventions and evaluate the cost effectiveness of the SDHHC strategy in addressing health and safety hazards in San Diego’s housing stock.  A primary focus of the evaluation is to evaluate the level of reduction in asthmatic episodes created and to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program’s cost benefit achieved through the program’s education and renovation activities, and evaluate the sustainability of the these benefits.  

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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 clases se llevan a cabo cada miércoles
4 de septiembre - 23 de actubre, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Biblioteca de Vista

700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista, CA


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. http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/

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 Nacion

al 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. http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/

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