Central Valley Freedom Summer Project Builds Student Research and Community Engagement Skills

March 16, 2018

Led by Veronica Terriquez, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, is the Central Valley Freedom Summer (CVFS) a community-action research project serving the cities of Atwal, Avenal, Bakersfield, Ceres, Delano, Fresno, Merced, Modesto, Parlier, Porterville, Richgrove, and Stockton.

CVFS includes spring 2018 coursework that orients students to the historic, economic, social, and political dynamics of the Central Valley, while equipping them with research skills to examine these efforts.

CVFS will then place 25 trained UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced students from the Central Valley as paid summer interns and researchers in nonprofit organizations to investigate and improve non-partisan voter education and grassroots organizing efforts in California’s Central Valley.

UC students will engage nonprofits to support and inform regional grassroots efforts. Additionally, a UCSC graduate student will produce a film documenting this effort.

The Central Valley Freedom Summer project builds knowledge about social movements and strengthens employment pipelines for UC students in the Central Valley.


For more information and to see how students are getting started, watch the video.

To support this project, please consider donating at: http://c-fund.us/flg

For further details or more information, please contact cvfs@ucsc.edu.