Founded in 1998, the Pan Valley Institute (PVI) creates safe spaces for immigrants and refugees to learn from one another, and to design organizing strategies that will help them promote social change and build community. The prevailing goal has been to provide resources and support that will allow immigrant and refugee communities to lead and thrive in the Central Valley.
PVI brings together diverse groups of grassroots immigrant leaders from across cultures, ethnicities, genders and generations in popular education workshops and gatherings. We have learned that although current immigrants and refugees are struggling with experiences of social isolation, economic inequality, marginalization, and cultural discrimination, they are determined to build a productive and enriching place for themselves in California’s Central Valley. PVI’s efforts provide safe spaces for dialogue, encourage immigrants to support one another as they build a sense of belonging and learn to increase their civil and political engagement in their new society.