The mission of the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is to promote scientific and applied research, training, and the exchange of information that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of rapidly growing U.S. Latina and Latino populations. The NLRC envisions a diverse, just, and equitable society that provides a healthy environment through universal quality healthcare, education, technology, and political representation.
Specializing in applied research, the NLRC brings together key stakeholders from the community, government, nonprofit sector, and private industry to identify solutions and develop strategies to address local and regional challenges.
The NLRC conducts research and training in the areas of education, civic engagement, cultural competency, health, environmental issues, public policy, and community development. In addition to research projects, the NLRC provides technical assistance to a range of organizations and actively supports multi-agency collaborations that seek to leverage resources and expertise.