History of The Central Valley Project at UCLA
The Central Valley Project (CVP) at UCLA was established by Luis Sanchez, Maria Mendoza, and Cynthia Montoya during the Winter 2012 Quarter. These students saw a direct need for educational resources and leaders in underinvested communities of the California Central Valley as well as an underrepresentation of Central Valley students in top research universities. Biweekly site visitations began in the communities of Orange Cove and Lindsay. Currently, CVP services the community of Porterville and is readily accessible to surrounding communities such as Lindsay and Strathmore. Additionally, CVP has expanded to the University of California, Davis (UCD) who presently services the community of Madera. We thank the founders of CVP for creating a space for UCLA students to discuss issues pertinent to our communities, and we hope to continue the work set out by their original constitution, mission statement, and culturally-relevant curriculum.