The 2010-11 PDG Cohort

In April, CCI announced the annual call for applications to the 2010-11 Proposal Development Group (PDG). Several noteworthy applications were received, unfortunately, the California State University financial crisis has severely impacted our budget, making it impossible to fully fund the program.

In spite of the constraints, we are proud to announce Dr. Nancy Mirabal to be the recipient of this year's research support award for her work on Politics of Gentrification (see below). The Institute looks forward to improved financial circumstances in the near future so that the full PDG program can resume offering these invaluable opportunities not only for faculty development but for the support of projects with an impact on communities of color.
If you want to learn more about this program contact the Institute at
The Politics of Gentrification
and its Impact on Latina/os in San Francisco's Mission District

A mural in San Francisco's Mission District

A mural in San Francisco's Mission District
The César Chávez Institute is glad to announce the awarding of a research development grant to Dr. Nancy Mirabal of Raza Studies to pursue a new phase of her on-going work to understand and address the displacement of Latinas/os in San Francisco's traditionally Latina/o district.
In 2009 Dr. Mirabal completed a decade-long community oral history project on gentrification in The Mission. Having collected a rich cache of oral histories, archived census data, policy reports, newspapers, printed media, and art, she published "Geographies of Displacement: Latina/o, Oral History and the Politics of Gentrification in San Francisco' Mission District" in Public Historian: The Journal of Public History, the premier journal for oral history and social documentation.

With this award from CCI, Dr. Mirabal will focus now on drafting grants and securing funding to expand the project in four major areas: to

(1) further examine gentrification and its impact on Latina/os;
(2) offer solutions to resist displacement;
(3) investigate new media and technology tools to complicate oral historical methodologies; and

(4) strengthen the relationship between oral histories and community-based research.

Nancy will continue to emphasize oral historical methodologies (i.e. oral histories, ethnographies, interviews, etc.) because she finds that Latina/os have been erased from the public discourse on gentrification. She hopes that, by merging oral histories with other forms of research and analysis, she can focus more closely on the experiences of Latina/os and initiate a needed dialogue on displacement that includes the perspectives of Latina/os.
Contact: Nancy Mirabal