FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/09/95
CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Relations Assistant
Los Angeles, CA -- November 9, 1995 . . . The Chicano/Latino
Student Resource Center, a service of the Center for Student
Life at California State University, Los Angeles, was recently
awarded a $2,500 grant through Proyecto VECINO,
a community support program sponsored by the Vons Companies, Inc.
Proyecto VECINO offers financial support to Latino student
organizations on college and university campuses maintaining programs
that nurture political awareness and civic involvement. Cal
State L.A. was one of nine organizations awarded the grant, out
of approximately 55 competing campus organizations.
"This is the first major grant we have applied for, and we
are very excited to be selected," said Eddie Garcia, Assistant
Coordinator, Chicano/Latino Student Resource Center, who co-wrote
the grant proposal with Cal State L.A. students Claudia Hernandez
and Karen Magana. "We have many important programs and we
are grateful to Vons for helping us implement them."
The goal of this project is to increase student and public interest
in civic involvement. The Resource Center will develop University-based
voter education advocates through a network of clubs and organizations.
In addition, they will develop various materials, including a
database directory of community services, and will offer educational
empowerment forums on the political process and how it impacts
Latino families. The program will target eligible voters who did
not vote, those who have not explored the naturalization process
and those who are not aware of initiatives that affect them directly
and indirectly, such as Proposition 187 and the Caifornia Civil
All proposals were judged according to how closely each coalition's
goal meets Proyecto VECINO requirements to increase political
awareness, increase voter registration, increase Latino voter
participation, and increase the number of Latino naturalized citizens.
Proyecto VECINO judges included: The Honorable Cruz Reynosa,
vice chairman and commissioner for the United States Commission
of Civil Rights; The Honorable Art Torres, president of Cordoba
International; Eddie Dominguez, station manager, KWHY-TV; Reverend
Pedro Villaroya, director, Hispanic Ministries, Archdiocese of
Los Angeles; Adan Ortega, Jr., public affairs manager, Central
Basin Municipal Water District; Alejandro Padilla, public affairs
fellow, the Coro Foundation; Nelly Paredes, Ph.D., producer/director,
Walsborn Productions; Maria Gutierrez, director of public affairs
and labor relations, KMEX-TV; Rose Marie Soto, columnist, WAVE
Community Newspapers; Arturo Vargas, executive director, NALEO;
Genaro Meras, president, Los Angeles County Bombers; Antonio Gonzales,
station manager, KTNQ and KLVE radio; Jess Araujo, Esq. president,
Santa Ana Latin American Voters of America; Dr. Harry Pachon,
executive director, Tomas Rivera Center; and Antonia Hernandez,
president and general counsel, MALDEF.
For more information regarding Cal State L.A.'s Vons Grant, call
Principal Investigator Eddie Garcia at the Chicano/Latino Student
Resource Center, (323) 343-5047.