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Disaggregating AAPI health data – key to combating health disparities

Asian Americans and Pacific Americans (AAPI) are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group, encompassing 25% of all foreign-born people in the U.S. and projected to reach nearly 34 million by 2050. But Asian health research is drastically underfunded, representing only .3% of all NIH grants awarded. Recent research, including studies led by Stanford faculty, has found...
A supporter waits for presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren at a town hall in Houston on Feb. 29, 2020

Majority of Asian Americans in Texas want to vote, but don't feel like they've been heard

Campaigns, while having ramped up efforts in recent years, have not sufficiently reached out to the racial group, either. A survey from nonprofit research organization AAPI Data shows that 52% of Asian Americans nationwide had had no contact from the Democratic Party, and 60% had had no contact from Republicans. Cheng said that Asian American...
By Kimmy Yam |

Inland Empire Community Foundation Launches The CIELO Fund

The Inland Empire Community Steps Up to Support the CIELO Fund Seed funding for the CIELO Fund was made possible by generous support from foundations, local businesses, and dozens of individuals who believe that strengthening philanthropic infrastructure for the Latino community is vital for the region’s success. This includes major support from the Weingart Foundation...
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UC Riverside Summit - We Belong, IE Freedom Summer

The Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside and the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA are partnering to provide a space for Inland Empire youth to learn more about the issues that are impacting their region and how they can better organize to catalyze the kind of social innovation they would like to see...
By Rick Dulock |

Latino census data points to college-graduation disparity

“As the Latino community in the Inland Empire grows, so should investments in the frontline organizations providing critical resources and support to our families daily," Melgar said. "Through this fund we hope to catalyze a new network of community philanthropists who will step up to invest in the communities we grew up in, live in...
By J.D. Warren |

Latino empowerment fund launches in CA Inland Empire

“The Latino community is critical to the Inland Empire’s success today and will continue to be in the future,” said Cervantes. “We are the backbone of our economy. We are workers, doctors, teachers, and students driving our region forward everyday.” The CIELO fund also plans to study issues impacting Latino communities to identify where funding...
By Andrew Sheeler |

Latinos now the majority in the Inland Empire and a new fund aims to boost community investments

After leaving the California Governor's office, Melgar founded Cultivating Inland Empire Latino Opportunity (CIELO) Fund, which launched this weekend under the Inland Empire Community Foundation. "The fund will support and invest in Latino-led and Latino-serving organizations," said Melgar. It begins by offering a demographic snapshot of the Latino or Latine community that now makes up...
By Anabel Munoz |
Jesse Melgar

Fund is established to uplift and invest in Latino-led organizations in Inland Empire

IN RECENT YEARS, the Inland Empire has become predominantly Latino for the first time. In 2010, 47.3 percent of the Inland Empire was Latino, and that number has now shifted to 51.6 percent. The fund comes at a critical time as Latino-based organizations that are working to improve social and economic conditions in the Latino...
USC Arcadia Hospital staff, Leticia Brizuela-Rodriguez, Volunteer Services and Mimi His, Patient Relations Rep display translation devices used to bridge communication barriers with their patients on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

In the San Gabriel Valley, language barriers to healthcare still steep for many Asian Americans

People avoid getting healthcare services because they can’t communicate with their providers, added Mairelise Robinson, program manager for Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California’s Health Access Project. “The lack of access to language support has really limited healthcare options,” she said. Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy at UC Riverside, said groups such as...
By Saumya Gupta |

Let’s do more than just celebrate the Latino community. Let’s invest in it

Each September we celebrate the influence and contributions of Latinos in the United States. We are educators and entrepreneurs, farmworkers and first responders, attorneys and artists– and so much more. These celebrations are particularly salient in the Inland Empire, where Latinos are now the majority of the population, 51.5%, according to the 2020 Census –...
By JESSE MELGAR and LUZ GALLEGOS | |

CSI, in partnership with the CIELO Fund at IECF, Releases “Aqui Estamos: A Data Profile of Latinos in the Inland Empire”

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at UC Riverside is proud to partner with the new Cultivating Inland Empire Latino Opportunity Fund, also known as the CIELO Fund, at the Inland Empire Community Foundation to release Aqui Estamos: A Data Profile on Latinos in the Inland Empire. The data...
By CSI Staff and CIELO Fund |

Group launches $10 million push to reach Asian American voters in battleground states

In the 2020 presidential election, the number of Asian Americans who voted in five battleground states was larger than the presidential margin of victory, according to the nonpartisan group Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, or APIAVote. The Asian American electorate has been higher on the radar of political campaigns since 2018, Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder...
By Zachary Schermele |

Group launches $10 million push to reach Asian American voters in battleground states

In the 2020 presidential election, the number of Asian Americans who voted in five battleground states was larger than the presidential margin of victory, according to the nonpartisan group Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, or APIAVote. The Asian American electorate has been higher on the radar of political campaigns since 2018, Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder...
By Zachary Schermele |

In Orange County, a House Race Is Testing What Asian Americans Want

Karthick Ramakrishnan, the founder of AAPI Data, which helps conduct the annual Asian American Voter Survey, said the economy and crime were top issues for respondents, which could give an advantage to Republicans. But health care has also been a major issue, he said, which could boost Democrats, who recently pushed through Congress sweeping climate...
By Stephanie Lai |

Providing Actionable Data For The IE Ecosystem with Gary Rettberg of UCR Center For Social Innovation

CSI Research Manager, Gary Rettberg, was featured on The Startempire Wire Founder’s Podcast this week. They discussed Gary’s experience as a Research Manager, and also dove into the different data and narrative work surrounding the innovation ecosystem in the Inland Empire. Finally, they get into details about the newly published data supplement released in conjunction...
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2021 Inland Empire Innovation Highlights

The innovation ecosystem in the Inland Empire—whether measured by startup formation, acquisitions, investments, jobs, or research and development activities—has grown significantly in the past decade. This tremendous growth offers great promise for our region’s resilient and innovative communities, and continues to push back on the decades long narrative that the I.E. is a region of...
By Blended Impact & CSI-UCR |

2021 IE Innovation Ecosystem Highlights & Web Repository Released

The Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside (CSI) and Blended Impact released its second joint effort, the 2021 IE Innovation Ecosystem Highlights, this week on https://iesquared.org. Last year, in April 2021, CSI partnered with Blended Impact on the region’s first comprehensive report on the Inland Empire innovation ecosystem. The report analyzed the history of...
By Gary Rettberg |
“It is a haven for a lot of people, but it comes with a number of crises that local officials are having to address,” Tyrone Beason says of the Inland Empire.

People of color find ‘room to breathe’ in the Inland Empire

Riverside and San Bernardino counties used to be known for their vast citrus groves and agricultural way of life. But in recent years, the Inland Empire has cultivated suburban subdivisions and massive warehouses and logistics centers. These changes have made the region a magnet for folks leaving cities like LA and Long Beach — particularly...
By Zoie Matthew |
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) held a press conference following Senate passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and the NO HATE ACT at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021.

Study: Asian American voters ignored in political space

“There isn’t as much awareness, yet about the rising political influence of our community, too. I mean, we are still a smaller population relative to African American, Latinos, etcetera, but that’s not an excuse. They still need to be paying attention to us,” said Marita Etcubañez, senior director of strategic initiatives for Asian American Advancing...
By Lia Reichmann |
Margaret Huang, president and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center, talks with members of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a social gathering June 28, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

Face to Face: SPLC President Margaret Huang strengthens ties with Asian American journalists at informal D.C. gathering

As Huang noted, the AAPI population is the fastest-growing in the nation. Huang herself is the daughter of a Chinese immigrant father and a white mother whose family has been in the U.S. for many generations. Between 2000 and 2019, this demographic grew 81%, significantly more than the 70% increase among the Latinx community, according...
By Rhonda Sonnenberg |