Multicultural and Social Justice Resources

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AB 540/Undocumented Student Resources

A student initiated project navigating the experiences of undocumented students at UC San Diego.

Undocumented Student Services
UC San Diego's newest office to assist AB 540 students on campus.

AB 540 Online Resource
A new web site developed by a faculty member at the California State University Long Beach to assist AB 540 students and their allies. An excellent resource guide to inform people that they can go to college regardless of immigration status.

AB 540 CSUF Online Resource Guide
This web page is intended to provide information for future students as well as to faculty and staff seeking to advise “AB 540 Students” and for undocumented nonresident high school and college students seeking information about their eligibility for AB 540 and resources.

Immigrant Student Support Organization
ISSO is a project based out of San Diego that works to transform the way California non-resident students in the San Diego County look at higher education. ISSO is an organization created not only for non-resident students but also for anyone who is involved in the immigration process and needs orientation and support.

Latino College Dollars
Search for scholarships available regardless of documentation status.

CHIRLA
CHIRLA was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society.

American Immigration Lawyers Association, San Diego (AILA)
National legal association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice and advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy.

San Diego Immigrants & New Americans
A consortium that is pursuing support comprehensive immigration reform and educating immigrants about their rights and the legal and other resources available to them.

National Immigration Law Center
Mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members. Website has a great deal of legal information for undocumented students and community members.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
This is a good resource for any legal advice regarding fair employment practices and education policy and reform. It is also one of the few websites that lists scholarships that do not require citizenship documentation.

American Friends Service Committee
Active group in San Diego working with immigrants and undocumented students in the community.

Korean Resource Center
Provides straight-forward FAQs for AB540/undocumented students on applying for financial aid, college and dealing with denials.

Ready Now San Diego

Alliance San Diego: Rise-Together Campaign

Activist Tools and Resources

Campus Activism
This website shall strengthen progressive social movements around the world through the sharing of contacts, event information, ideas and resources. We want to help you win! The Activism Network team created this website to empower *YOU*. If *you* contribute, and use it to contact fellow activists then this website will succeed.

Brave Space Guidelines

Do Something
Using the power online to do stuff off line.

Tolerance.org
Tolerance.org is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. If you want to know how to transform yourself, your home, your school, your workplace or your community, Tolerance.org is a place to start — and continue — the journey. Through its online well of resources and ideas, its expanding collection of print materials, its burgeoning outreach efforts, and its downloadable public service announcements, Tolerance.org promotes and supports anti-bias activism in every venue of life.

Idealist
Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.

San Diego Arts

Visual

ARTS: A Reason to Survive
A Reason To Survive is dedicated to healing, inspiring and empowering children facing life challenges by providing innovative arts-based programs, education and opportunities.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
Preserves, promotes, and educates others on the history of Chinese America and the history, culture, and art of China.

Mingei International Museum
The Mingei Museum reveals the beauty of use in folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum collects, conserves and exhibits these arts of daily use - by anonymous craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present and by historical and contemporary designers.

Dance

Cambodian Dancers of San Diego
We are specialized in Cambodian culture and arts, traditional dance training and public performance, cultural training to any advocates who working with Cambodian people, languages and literatures. We're considered ourselves to be your reference and connections between our homeland, Cambodia and you.

Malashock Dance Company

Malashock Dance puts emotion in motion. As a premier California Dance Company, we create, educate and collaborate. Currently in its 20th season, Malashock Dance is an integral part of San Diego's vibrant arts community - providing performances, educational programs, outreach projects and classes to thousands of people each year.

Theatre

Common Ground Theatre

Common Ground Theatre produces classic and new works by and about people of African descent that entertain, educate and connect with audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

Diversionary Theatre
Diversionary Theatre was founded in 1986 to provide quality theatre for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The mission of the theatre is to produce plays with gay, lesbian and bisexual themes that portray characters in their complexity and diversity both historically and contemporarily.

Film Festivals

San Diego Asian Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Foundation is dedicated to giving the community access to films and videos that provoke, inspire and educate audiences of the Asian American experience.

San Diego Black Film Festival
The San Diego Black Film Festival features the best in independent black films. The event includes an opening reception, awards party, festival party, panel discussions, celebrity appearances/meet and greet, directors, writers, industry executives, etc.

San Diego Latino Film Festival
San Diego Latino Film Festival celebrates films and videos by Latinos and/or about the Latino experience. Each year approximately 100 film and video makers visit the festival, 18,000 locals attend and over 100 works are screened from across Latin America and throughout the United States. Proceeds from the San Diego Latino Film Festival help fund the Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project.

San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Since its inception in 1990, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival has become one of the largest and most prestigious festivals of its kind in the country, and is one of the highest attended cultural events in San Diego.

San Diego Women's Film Festival
Southern California's most notable and longest running women's film festival! We showcase over a hundred films from around the world, offering a diverse selection of features, shorts and documentaries that compete for both Judge and Audience awards.

FilmOut San Diego (LGBT Film Festival)
The mission of FilmOut San Diego is to enlighten, educate, and entertain the communities of San Diego County through the exhibition of LGBT-themed films. FilmOut San Diego seeks to recognize, promote, celebrate and support the important diverse artistic contributions LGBT filmmakers make to our community.

Educational Opportunities

Academic Internship Program (AIP)
The Academic Internship program (AIP) connects students to internship opportunities in diverse professional settings and allows them to earn academic credit for their internships while gaining hands-on experience. 

CaCCCHE
California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education.

Diversity Abroad
Diversity Abroad was founded to ensure that all students are aware and have equal access to study and travel abroad opportunities. The mission of Diversity Abroad is to increase minority students’ participation in study and travel abroad programs. By educating students and promoting the benefits of study and travel abroad programs, Diversity Abroad increases student’s awareness and interest in pursuing such programs.

Lumina
Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access and success in education beyond high school.

UCOP: University of California Office of the President

San Diego Cultural Organizations

Activist San Diego
Activist San Diego is a social justice organization that promotes and facilitates the development of an active, inter-related, progressive community in San Diego through networking, culture and electronic technology.

American Turkish Association of Southern California
ATASC San Diego is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting better understanding and relations between the peoples of Turkey and the United States of America. Our goals are to increase, promote, foster friendship, public knowledge and understanding of the Turkish culture in San Diego, California.

Centro Cultural de la Raza
San Diego's Centro Cultural de la Raza was founded in 1970 as a Chicano Community Cultural Center and functions as an alternative space that encourages and facilitates artistic growth and cultural interchange in the San Diego/Tijuana region. With the specific mission of creating, preserving and promoting Chican@, Mexican@ and Indigenous art and culture, the Centro provides classes and features a dynamic interdiscipinary schedule of events which includes exhibits, musical performances, installation art, readings, receptions, Azteca dance, Teatro Chicano, Ballet Folklorico, film screenings and other events.

CHE'LU, Inc.
A multi-service 501 (c)(3) public charitable nonprofit organization for the Chamorro people of the Mariana Islands.Our team's innate islander passion, our commitment and professional experience provides solutions by developing and implementing educational participation by way of projects and programs in preserving our language and culture, wellness in health, and to improve the overall general well-being of our people.

Chicano Park
Barrio Logan, in southeast San Diego, is referred to as el ombligo or navel, the center of the worldChicano Park houses the largest collection of Chicano murals anywhere in the world. The value of such a body of work has been notoriously overlooked and down-played for decades. The pillars in Chicano Park are not merely concrete and steel supports for a bridge, but diligently executed works completed by numerous artists over a period of nearly three decades. The murals combine with the surrounding land to form a powerful art pieced that communicates not only ancestral history, but the long and often turbulent history of Chicano Park itself.

Irish Outreach San Diego, Inc.
A non-profit charitable organization providing help and hope to Irish Immigrants in the San Diego area. Irish Outreach provides resources and information for the new immigrant in the areas of orientation, employment, housing, immigration laws, legal representation, landlord/tenant disputes, citizenship processing, alcohol and drug counseling, pre-marriage counseling, support and social integration.

Islamic Center of San Diego
The ICSD resides in the heart of Clairemont and is the largest Mosque in San Diego County. Our mission statement is to serve the religious needs of the San Diego Muslim population and work with the larger community to serve the less fortunate, to educate, and to better our nation. The regular activities held at ICSD are the five daily prayers, Friday prayer and sermon, and a variety of educational talks and seminars. We also work with other Mosques in San Diego county in sponsoring and holding events for the local Muslim community. In addition to these programs, ICSD is increasingly branching out in working with other San Diego organizations for social causes of interest to all people of faith.

Japanese Friendship Garden
The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to create a Japanese-style garden dedicated to the well-being of all people which provides educational programs that encourage understanding of the Japanese heritage among people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

Little Italy
Little Italy, San Diego, is serving as a model for the handful of Little Italys remaining throughout the country. Our business district is rooted in the toil of immigrants and the perseverance and optimism of a new group of business owners. The strength of their faith and the waterfront is what has supported families in Little Italy for generations.

Persian Cultural Center
PCC, better known to the community as "Kanoon", is a 501(c)(3) non-profit national organization, with no-political or religious affiliation. PCC is based in San Diego and was created to celebrate, share and promote the very rich cultural abundance of its many ethnic groups and their history.

Sherman Heights Community Center
The mission of the Sherman Heights Community Center is to offer educational, health prevention, personal development and cultural programs, which enable families and individuals to reach their greatest human potential and participate fully in our democratic society.

The Barona Cultural Center & Museum
We are dedicated to preserving the Native American culture and history of San Diego County. With more than 3,000 artifacts, listening alcoves, photographic displays, and archives, the museum’s historic treasures unfold many fascinating and inspiring stories of the Kumeyaay/Diegueño experience. As San Diego County’s only museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local Native culture, the Barona Museum offers a unique educational journey for visitors of all ages. The museum’s collection represents thousands of years of history—some objects dating as far back as 10,000 years—and it demonstrates the artistry and skill of the hemisphere’s first inhabitants.

The House of Pacific Relations
HPR, located in San Diego ’s Balboa Park , is a consortium of ‘houses’ representing 31 countries. The HPR promotes multicultural goodwill and understanding through educational and cultural programs. The park contains historic 1935 Exposition cottages plus 4 new cottages where HPR member countries can offer visitors a window to their culture, history and traditions.

The San Diego Swiss Club
The San Diego Swiss Club organizes potluck luncheons and dinners, fashion shows, cultural outings, holiday bazaars, visits to other Swiss Clubs and many more fun events. The meetings are held monthly September through June, with a recess in July and August.

The World Beat Center
The WorldBeat Cultural Center is a non-profit multi-disciplinary cultural organization in San Diego, California, USA. We are dedicated to promoting, presenting and preserving the Indigenous Cultures of the world through music, art, education, culture and technology. We strive to enhance the visibility of cultural artists of color, expand opportunities for cultural enrichment, and broaden the understanding of various world cultures. Through consciousness raising the WorldBeat Center promotes peace within our San Diego community. By providing a center with on going programs and services that nurture the spirit of children, the elderly and everyone in between, we create unity and diversity.

Health

African American Wellness Project
The African American Wellness Project was developed in response to a need to reduce the gap between the health of African Americans and other Americans. While many other organizations seek to approach this problem by changing the character of our health institutions, like hospitals and doctors, the AAWP takes a different approach. It is our mission to improve your ability to better use the health care system by providing you with some of the tools you need to better utilize your health care system.

Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Our mission is to educate, support, empower and advocate for Asian and Pacific Islander communities – particularly APIs living with, or at-risk for, HIV/AIDS.

Black Women's Health Imperative
This is an informative and interactive web site dedicated to promoting the physical, mental and spiritual wellness of today’s African American woman. With so many stressors in today’s hectic and fast-paced world, it is important to have a web site were you can go to "breathe" and nourish your mind, body and soul.

NCLR: Hispanic Health Data
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas – assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health.

A Guide To Disability Rights Laws
U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section

Career Development and Opportunities

Diversity Working
Online diversity job board

I Am Diversity
Online Career Center

Idealist Nonprofit Job Guide
A free e-book published by Idealist for first time nonprofit job seekers.

UC San Diego Career Services Center

https://career.ucsd.edu/undergrads/undecided.html

Queer People of Color

CLAM
Website that has information on Spanish speaking countries and their treatment towards members of the LGBT community. The website is in English, Portugese, and Spanish, so if you plan on traveling any where in Latin America or Spain, this would be a page to checkout.

Asian Equality LA
Asian Equality (formerly APACE) recognizes the historical legacy of marriage discrimination in the United States and its profound impact on Asian Pacific Islander (API) families. Through community education and coalition building, we seek to empower our API communities to challenge this legacy and to confront present-day marriage discrimination against same-sex couples.

Gay Asian Pacific Support Network
The mission is to provide supportive environments for gay and bisexual Asian Pacific Islander men to meet, network, voice concerns, foster self-empowerment, and to advocate on issues of significance.

API Family Pride
The mission of Asian and Pacific Islander Family Pride is to end the isolation of Asian and Pacific Islander families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members through support, education, and dialog.

Nations of the Four Directions of San Diego
Nations of the 4 Directions is a support and social group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersexed Native American community. We have monthly meetings at the center on the first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30. For the month of March there will be weekly meetings on saturday from 10-11:30.We attend Pow-wows as well as other Native American venues and gatherings, to reach out to the 2 spirited Native community.

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
promotes the creation, exhibition and distribution of new films and videos that increase the visibility of queer women of color, authentically reflect our life stories, and address the vital social justice issues that concern our communities.

Sisters in the Life
This site offers an opportunity for African American lesbians to write a cyberspace history of their lives. This site just launched in 2000, so check it out and share your stories!

The SD LGBT Center's Latino/a Services
Created in 2004, the mission of Latino/a Services is to provide a safe, welcoming and culturally and linguistically appropriate space that allows our community members to accept and embrace all of who they are, including their culture, traditions, language, spirituality and sexual and gender identities.

UCR LGBTRC
This is a link to brief biographies of famous QPOC members that helped/help in the struggle for the LGBT community. It features activist, writers, athletes, etc.

UCSD LGBT QTPOC Facebook
This is the QPOC website at UCSD and it keeps you updated with the events that will be happening on campus concerning members of the QPOC community.

Zuna Institute
Zuna Institute is a not for profit national advocacy organization for Black Lesbians. Its focus is the economic development, education, public policy support, and improved health of its constituents. Through community organizing, training, and networking Zuna institute will focus on eliminating barriers that black lesbian's face within the black community based on sexual orientation and in the LGBT community based on race. Zuna Institute will also host a bi-annual national conference where black lesbians come together to address the issues of our communities and organizations.

Women of Color

Black Girl International
This site is intended to give black women the opportunity to see World Wide Web pages devoted to, written about, and written by them. Here you'll find the uplifting, the empowering, the thought-provoking, and even occasionally the controversial. The only criterion for inclusion on these pages is that the content is about black women, contains content of particular importance to black women, or that the authors are black women

AF3IRM: The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization
A national organization of women engaged in transnational feminist, anti-imperialist activism. AF3IRM is committed to militant movement-building from the United States and effects change through grassroots organizing, trans-ethnic alliance building education, advocacy and direct action.

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
In the process of promoting self-determination, NIWRC supports an end to domestic violence for Indian women.

Isis International
A feminist NGO committed to creating spaces within information and communications structures and systems, that promote the many voices of women, particularly those from the South. Isis believes women’s access and capacity to participate in generating and disseminating their own knowledge and experiences through various mediums of communication can lead to transformation of society. Isis is likewise committed to challenge inequities, stereotypes and cultural and political homogenisation furthered by globalised media that hamper the realisation of a more just, sustainable and humane world.

Jannah
Resources for and about Muslim women.

Latinitas
Latinitas is a non-profit organization focused on informing, entertaining, and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident, and successful Latinas.OUR MISSION: To empower Latina youth through media and technology.OUR VISION: That all Latinas are Strong and Confident in Their Image.

MANA
MANA, A National Latina Organization, was founded in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women's National Association. MANA's original intent was to provide a voice for Mexican-American women at the national, state and local levels. Since then, the organization has expanded into a diverse group of Latinas in all areas of political, social and professional fields.

Muslim Women's League
The Muslim Women's League is a non-profit Muslim American organization working to implement the values of Islam and thereby reclaim the status of women as free, equal and vital contributors to society.

Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics
Asia Pacific online network of women in politics, governance and transformative leadership.

AAUW
A project of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, is a nationwide, diverse and inclusive grassroots movement dedicated to organizing younger women and their allies to take action on issues that matter most to them.

Feministing
Young women are rarely given the opportunity to speak on their own behalf on issues that affect their lives and futures. Feministing provides a platform for us to comment, analyze and influence.

RAWA
Revolutionary Association for Women in Afghanistan (RAWA) is the oldest political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women's rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan since 1977.

Women of Color Resource Center
The Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC) promotes the political, economic, social and cultural well being of women and girls of color in the United States. Informed by a social justice perspective that takes into account the status of women internationally, WCRC is committed to organizing and educating women of color across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, class, sexual orientation, physical ability and age. Located in Oakland.