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The National Latino Research Center is a member of the SANDAG Regional Plan Community-Based Organizations Working Group whose purpose is to provide ongoing public input from disadvantaged or underrepresented communities in the region
into key activities associated with developing San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan and related planning activities with a focus on the social equity perspective. 

Our community research and education are guided by the Community Cultural Wealth model, a strength-based framework that highlights the importance of beliefs and practices originating from the family and culture (Yosso, 2005). The Community Cultural Wealth model amplifies the community capital existing in Latinx and immigrant communities in the border region. We collaborate with community residents and community leaders to activate the six forms of community capital (aspirational, linguistic, familial, social, navigational, and resistant) to address concerns and identify solutions to ongoing structural and systemic issues affecting individuals and families.

NLRC conducts community outreach in North San Diego County, a region located 60 miles north of the San Diego-Tijuana border, comprising a mix of suburban cities along the 78-Corridor that includes the cities of Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, and Oceanside, and unincorporated rural communities along the 76-Corridor including Fallbrook, Pala, Pauma Valley, and Valley Center. NLRC works with traditionally excluded communities along the U.S.-Mexico border comprising Spanish speakers, immigrants, Latino youth, parents, and elders, low-income families. NLRC collaborates in the development of educational materials and implementation of community-based projects with an approximate reach of 150 families.

Read more about the San Diego Forward 2021 Regional Plan