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2024 Actions and Activities

We dream that in California’s Central Valley, all people are respected, cultural diversity is valued, and communities live in a socially, racially, and economically just world.


We value immigrants as thinking beings and encourage their development as social actors

Vickie Fouts Rest in Peace

May 30th, 2024|0 Comments

Rest in Peace Vickie Fouts With heavy hearts, we share the news of the passing of Vickie Fouts, a devoted local activist and former Pan Valley

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Nu’u Yavi Celebrating Culinary Heritages

April 14th, 2024|0 Comments

Nu'u Yavi Celebrating Culinary Heritages Friday, May 3, 2024.  12 to 7 p.m. Madera Court Park, CA. 210 W Yosemite Ave Madera, CA 93637 Coordinated by cultural organizer Rosa Hernandez, Nu'u Yavi, a Mixtec word

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Nu’u Yavi Celebrando Herencias Culinarias

April 14th, 2024|0 Comments

Nu’u Yavi Celebrando Herencias Culinarias Viernes 3 de mayo del 2024.  De 12 a 7 p.m. Parque de la Corte Madera, CA. Coordinado por la organizadora cultural Rosa Hernández, Nu’u Yavi palabra mixteca que

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Salt of the earth

September 18th, 2023|0 Comments

Salt of the Earth National Encuentro Cultivating Climate, Food, and Land Justice Thursday, April 20 to Saturday, April 22, 2023, Earth Day Madera Community College 30277 Ave 12. Madera, California 93638

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The Struggle Continues

July 6th, 2022|0 Comments

Strikes, pickets, boycotts, fasts, and arrests all happened in the United Farmworkers’ fight for justice and equality. As we celebrate Cesar Chavez’s Day of Service, we will focus on the farmworker's movement and how it,


In 1998 Pan Valley Institute (PVI) was founded as a program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) with the intention of strengthening the leadership capacity and fostering the civic engagement of immigrants, in California’s diverse Central Valley.

We work with indigenous migrants from Mexico and Central America; Hmong and Cambodians refugees from Southeast Asia, and more recently refugee families arriving from Iraq, Palestine, Syria, and Iran.

PVI’s work is cross generational with specific emphasis on women, youth and indigenous populations.

One of our key strategies is to foster active citizenship by encouraging the process of political self-representation and realization of the power social actors can have and also need for bringing social change and advocating for just policies.

The work of PVI to support active citizenship with immigrant and refugee communities is guided by methodologies of Popular Education, Participatory Action Research, and Cultural Organizing which privilege the knowledge and wisdom of communities to identify goals and determine pathways forward.


We dream that in California’s Central Valley, all people are respected, cultural diversity is valued, and communities live in a socially, racially, and economically just world.


PVI provides spaces where immigrants and refugees feel safe and welcome, learn from each other, reclaim their cultural rights, and build a sense of belonging and power for social change.

One Conversation in Many Languages

Una Conversación en Varias Lenguas

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Our goals for making an impact

At PVI, we are committed to spending the next 10 years creating a Central Valley…

  • In which immigrants, refugees, and other disenfranchised communities have a seat and a voice at the table where political decisions regarding their lives are made.
  • Where exclusion and racism are replaced by a culture that respects and values cultural and ethnic diversity, and immigrants’ and refugees’ contributions;
  • That is not solely driven by agri-business, and that provides opportunities for economic security for all.

As an organization, our goals are to…

  • Create a safe and welcoming cross-cultural popular education and participatory research learning center;
  • Affirm and strengthen solidarity networks, partnerships, and friendships;
  • Ensure PVI’s financial stability