Minerva Mendoza is the Program Associate for AFSC’s Pan Valley Institute (PVI) in Fresno, CA. The Pan Valley Institute is a popular education center located in the heart of California's Central Valley focused on creating a place where immigrants and refugees can gather to learn from each other and rebuild their world.
Minerva has worked on immigrant and cultural rights issues in California for many years. She became involved with AFSC and the Pan Valley Institute during the 2007 Tamejavi Festival in Madera, CA after participating as a volunteer. Then she took part of the apprentice program and later became a consultant for PVI.
As a member of Equipo Cronista Oaxacalifornianos, Minerva conducted a research project through the University of California, documenting civic participation of migrant Mexican indigenous young adults. The core objective of the project was to document the civic participation of migrant Mexican indigenous young adults in the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno and Madera Counties. The final report, titled Voices of Indigenous Oaxacan Youth in the Central Valley: Creating Our Sense of Belonging in California, is available here.