In this section, you will find a wide variety of online resources regarding organizations, foundation, and databases related to Latino populations.

National census data about Latinos in the United States.

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U.S. Census

The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by our strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers.

Inter-university Consortium For Political and Social Research

An international consortium of about 700 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.


California Health Interview Survey

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) is the nation's largest state health survey. A random-dial telephone survey conducted every two years on a wide range of health topics, CHIS data gives a detailed picture of the health and health care needs of California's large and diverse population. 

Policymakers, researchers, health experts, members of the media and others depend on the CHIS for credible and comprehensive data on the health of Californians. 

California Department of Education

The California Department of Education has demographic data about students, schools, districts, and education staff in the kindergarten through twelfth grade public school system on the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) Web page.

Additionally, DataQuest allows users to create their own reports of demographic data for public schools, districts, counties, or the state.

Latino Research
Demographic information, education, leadership, policy, and advocacy.

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Pew Hispanic Center

Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The Center does not take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public charity based in Philadelphia.

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. We are dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.
PPIC is committed to providing essential information and framing policy debates to shape a better future for California.

Our central audiences are California’s elected officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.—as well as public servants in local governments, on school boards, and with public agencies. Organizations interested in public policy, the media, and the general public are also important audiences for our work.
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CSU Consortium of Applied Social Science Research Center

CASSRC, the Consortium of Applied Social Science Research Centers, is comprised of 13 research centers located throughout California State University campuses.

While each center is an independent entity that conducts applied social science research, through CASSRC, the centers link together to provide tremendous research capacity and expertise.

NLRC is one of the affiliated centers 

La Plaza

La Plaza is the brainchild of Thinkers Inc., a non-profit organization that was created for the sole purpose of developing disadvantaged minorities through education. Powering La Plaza is Dextro, LLC, a consulting, online training, and IT provider with a customer base made up primarily of Hispanics. Comparable to La Plaza’s goal, Dextro places the advancement of Hispanics as a top priority. La Plaza has also joined forces with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to create a unique online experience aimed at providing valuable resources and networking opportunities for the Hispanic community.


Mobilize the Immigrant Vote

MIV advocates for an approach to electoral organizing that emphasizes elections work as one component of a larger movement for social and economic justice. This movement-building approach to elections focuses not only on short-term increases in voter turnout and wins on specific ballot initiatives, but also on:

  • building leadership and capacity within low-income immigrant communities and organizations;
  • catalyzing and strengthening diverse multi-ethnic alliances; and
  • connecting electoral work to ongoing organizing for social justice.

We work with organizations to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate materials and skills training based on a progressive, low-income specific platform to help them build effective voter and civic participation programs over time.

Inter-University Program for Latino Research

Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) is a national consortium of university-based centers dedicated to the advancement of the Latino intellectual presence in the United States. IUPLR works to expand the pool of Latino scholars and leaders and increase the availability of policy-relevant Latino-focused research. IUPLR headquarters, located at the University of Notre Dame, and the IUPLR Washington DC Office, located at the University of California Washington Center, work to strengthen the network of centers and to enhance their institutional capacity.



UCLA Chicano Studies Researcg Center

The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) was founded in 1969 with a commitment to foster multidisciplinary research efforts as part of the land grant mission of the University of California. That mission states that University of California research needs to be in the service of the state and that it must maintain a presence in the local community.


Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.



San Diego Latino Film Festival

The San Diego Latino Film Festival was established 18 years ago as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience. Since that time, The San Diego Latino Film Festival has developed into one of the larger and well-respected Latino film festivals in the country. Over 205,000 people have attended during the past few years and over 3,000 films/videos from across Latin America and the United States have been screened.

Hermandad Mexicana Nacional

HMN es una organizacion no lucrativa la cual cuenta con mas de 50 años ayudando a la comunidad Latina de los Estados Unidos!!! 

En nuesta organización hemos luchado por los derechos de los inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos habiendo alcanzado la Amnistía para millones de Latinos en Estados Unidos.

Por el momento estamos tambien luchando por una nueva reforma migratoria justa que garantize los derechos de los inmigrantes.


Willian C. Velasquez Institute

The William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI) is a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan public policy analysis organization chartered in 1985. The purpose of WCVI is to: conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities; To provide information to Latino leaders relevant to the needs of their constituents; To inform the Latino leadership and public about the impact of public policies on Latinos; To inform the Latino leadership and public about political opinions and behavior of Latinos.

Media Library
Contains videos, CD's, and other media.

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Spread The Word

Welcome to Sprword. Sprword was started to counter the continuing consolidation of mainstream media and its limited and agenda-based reporting. plans to counter corporate media by providing links to important videos, articles, and websites that reveal what corporate mainstream media refuses to recognize as need-to-know information.

Our Mission is to build a brighter future for the entire planet by seeking and spreading truth on a global level. We are confident that with your help, we can push our society back into the right direction. Help spread the word and sprword!

Unnatural Causes

UNNATURAL CAUSES is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS and now used by thousands of organizations around the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health. 

The four-hour series crisscrosses the nation uncovering startling new findings that suggest there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.


CSUSM Media Library

A wide range of collections is available to CSUSM student, faculty and staff. 

  • Cable TV on demand
  • 5753 video recordings which includes 704 dvds and 30 laser discs
  • 2049 sound recordings (cds)
  • 84 cd-roms
  • 10556 slides
  • Transparencies, media kits, multimedia guides and tutorials, and audio cassettes