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“We Belong, IE Freedom Summer” Hosted at UC Riverside

Riverside, CA – California Freedom Summer (CFS), a project by UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, in partnership with the Center for Social Innovation at UC Riverside’s Intercollegiate Council of California-Inland Empire, hosted a Youth Leadership Conference on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 at UC Riverside. The project, led by Researcher Dr. Veronica Terriquez, included a series...
By CSI Staff |

< AAPI and the problems of categorizing race

WONG: And I'm Wailin Wong. Today on the show, how we ended up with this weirdly broad and - some would argue - nonsensical racial category. We'll talk about why it matters and whether there's a better way to understand the fastest-growing demographic in the country. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) MA: What do people think of...
By SYLVIE DOUGLIS, BYLINE |

AAPI and the problems of categorizing race

What is AAPI? It stands for Asian American and Pacific Islander, but this racial category that's often used by the U.S Census is broad and rather ambiguous. Underneath this arbitrary grouping, at least twenty different countries, places, and a plethora of diverse cultures are nested under the umbrella term. Today on the show, we explore...

How AAPI as a racial category paints an incomplete picture

WONG: And I'm Wailin Wong. Today on the show, how we ended up with this weirdly broad and - some would argue - nonsensical racial category. We'll talk about why it matters and whether there's a better way to understand the fastest-growing demographic in the country. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) MA: What do people think of...
By SYLVIE DOUGLIS, BYLINE |

Just 1 in 10 Inland Empire Latinos has a bachelor’s degree or higher

As the Inland Latino community grows, “so should investments in the organizations and initiatives aiming to close disparity gaps,” CIELO Fund Founding Chair Jesse Melgar said via email. Compiled by UCR’s Center for Social Innovation, the study found that Latinos, with 2.37 million people, now make up 51.5% of the Inland population. “Latino growth rates...
By Jeff Horseman |
CIELO Fund created to help Latino-focused organizations in the Inland Empire

CIELO Fund created to help Latino-focused organizations in the Inland Empire

Melgar envisioned a fund created by Latinos for Latinos and began reaching out to Latino leaders in the community, building a committee that includes Helen Torres; Tomás D. Morales; Diana Z. Rodriguez; Elizabeth Romero; Silvia Paz; Luz Gallegos; Angel Rodriguez; Sergio Bohon; Marisa Valdez Yeager and Marco Robles. The committee worked on raising funds while...
By REBECCA K. O’CONNOR |
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 | |

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 |