Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Health, Human Services and Public Policy
In San Benito County there is a high concentration of Triqui community members. They originate from the state of Oaxaca in Mexico and flee their homeland due to political prosecution and violence. Many times, Triqui community members arrive in the United States speaking and understanding only their native Triqui language. Their customs and traditions clash with those of the United States and due to fear they isolate themselves and do not seek any community services. Community Solutions addressed these issues by organizing the first ever Indigenous Cultures Day in Hollister, CA on May 21, 2017. The event consisted of a morning training with community agencies that focused on providing agencies with the background of the Triqui community including factors that led them to the United States. Another part of the training covered best practices on how to get Triqui members involved and how to outreach to them for needed services. The afternoon portion of the event consisted of a “Know Your Rights” workshop as well as resource fair and celebration of indigenous cultures which included traditional food and dance. Through this event the agency hopes to better connect with this underserved population and begin breaking down the barriers for Triqui members to receive needed services.
Alvarez, Lucila, "Addressing Social Issues Affecting Vulnerable Populations in San Benito County through Community Events" (2017). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 212.