Engaging California Communities through Data Analysis and Civic Action

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A Message From Our Director, Dr. Terriquez

California Freedom Summer and the Thriving Youth Study are two community engaged research projects led by Dr. Veronica Terriquez, Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, in collaboration with the UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC), and many other community and educational partners from across California.

Student Stories

Paradyse Oakley

Paradyse Oakley

Paradyse Oakley (she/her) South Central Los Angeles, CA. I am an undergraduate student at the University of California-Santa Cruz studying Community Studies(with a concentration in Health Justice), Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Politics I grew up in many...

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Kahlila Williams

Kahlila Williams

Kahlila Williams, (she, her, and hers) Los Angeles, CA I was born in Long Beach, California, where I lived with my grandmother until I was ten years old because my parents suffered from drug abuse. When my grandmother passed away, I was placed back in the care of my...

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Angel Pimentel Gutierrez

Angel Pimentel Gutierrez

Angel Pimentel Gutierrez (he/him/his)) Oxnard, CA I was born and raised in Oxnard, California, where I am currently a full-time student at Oxnard College majoring in biology. My family is originally from Michoacan, Mexico, and relocated to the United States in the...

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Learn More About Key Projects

California Freedom Summer

California Freedom Summer

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Thriving Youth Survey

Thriving Youth Survey

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Learn More About Key Communities

Oxnard

Northern Santa Barbara County

Northern Santa Barbara County

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East Coachella Valley

East Coachella Valley

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Imperial Valley

Imperial Valley

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