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Research & Evaluation

About MICOP’s Research Committee

MICOP’s Research Committee oversees all research activities within the organization. We represent a wide range of programs across the tri-county region, united in our commitment to equitable research practices and grounded in Indigenous values, perspectives, and knowledge.


We view research as a comprehensive process encompassing evaluation, data collection, and analysis, all of which contribute to the advancement of collective knowledge. Grounded in principles of mutual respect, reciprocity, and transparency, our approach to community-based research seeks to cultivate meaningful relationships and drive positive social change. Our vision emphasizes community leadership, reimagines power dynamics, and honors the knowledge and self-determination of Indigenous communities. We are committed to fostering reciprocal, inclusive, and equitable research partnerships wherein Indigenous voices are respected, and empowered. Our aim is to promote community-led research initiatives, to ensure Indigenous migrant communities from Mexican territories residing in California's Central Coast are at the forefront of the research process.


Working with MICOP

The Committee has established a review process for all new collaborations. As the first step in this process, we invite you to complete our 🔗Research Proposal. We strive to respond to all applicants as quickly as possible. We review all research requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on the volume of proposals received, applicants can expect to receive a response between six to ten weeks as to whether their application has been accepted for further consideration or turned down.

The Research Committee is the centralized body for all research activities at MICOP. All new research projects must proceed through the proposal process and receive approval from the Committee. The Committee's decision represents the organization's view, and we ask that potential collaborators not attempt to circumvent this decision by contacting other members of our team.


Expectations from Collaborators

MICOP is an intentional space for the Indigenous migrant community, and we expect our collaborators to honor and acknowledge these spaces by:

  • Respecting Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and perspectives.
  • Centering and empowering Indigenous peoples’ voices in your research and actively include them throughout the process.
  • Ensuring mutual respect, reciprocity, and transparency throughout the research process.

If accepted, applicants will have to agree to and abide by a set of community and research guidelines provided by MICOP’s Research Committee.


Please note that we are not currently accepting any requests for internships.


For research-related questions and inquiries, contact the Research Committee at


For media inquiries, contact Communications at

Providing Health Education to Mixtec Farmworkers in California via Workshops and Radio: A Feasibility Study by Sandy Young, Norma Gomez, Annette E. Maxwell

Voices of the Rain: Indigenous Language Justice in California by Alena Marie Uliasz

Not Everyone Speaks Spanish! The Need for Indigenous Language Interpreters in California’s Agricultural Workforce by Alena Marie Uliaz and Vanessa Teran

Speaking Their Language by Dr. Annette Maxwell

Training Mixtec Promotores to Assess Health Concerns in Their Community: A CBPR Pilot Study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 16:310-313, 2014. By Maxwell AE, Young S, Rabelo Vega R, Herrmann AK, See C, Glenn BA, Mistry R, Bastani R.

Social determinants of health in the Mixtec and Zapotec community in Ventura County, California. International Journal for Equity in Health 14 (1):16, 2015. By Maxwell AE, Young S, Crespi CM, Rabelo Vega R, Cayetano RT, Bastani R.

Building Capacity to Address Women’s Health Issues in the Mixtec and Zapotec Community. Women’s Health Issues 25(4):403-9, 2015.  By Maxwell AE, Young S, Crespi CM, Rabelo Vega R, Cayetano RT, Bastani R.

The (in)visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants by Michael Mendez, Genevieve Flores-Haro, Lucas Zucker

From telephones in rural Oaxaca to mobile phones among Mixtec farmworkers in Oxnard, CA by Carlos Jimenez

Antenna Dilemmas: The Rise of an Indigenous-Language Low-Power Radio Station in Southern California by Carlos Jimenez

Transformations: Womanist, Feminist, and Indigenous Studies A series for new Vision of Scholarship in womanism, feminism and indigeneity  by Ana Louise Keating

Sustainable Mixteco/Indigena Research Methodology: Toward Equal-Status Stakeholder and indigenous Collaboration by Dr. L. M. R. J. Santamaría, A. Diego, L. Manríquez, A. Salazár, C. Lózano, L. León Salazár, & S. García Aguílar Made possible through the California Mental Health Services Act and Ventura County Behavioral Health

Transformations: Womanist, Feminist, and Indigenous Studies A series for new Vision of Scholarship in womanism, feminism and indigeneity  by Ana Louise Keating

In Reporting on Health Challenges Faced by Mixtec Immigrants, gaining trust proves crucial by Julio Vaqueiro Borbolla

Co-Decolonizing Research Methods: Toward Research Sustaining Indigenous and ‘Other’ Community Engaged Ways of Knowing by Lorri M. R. J. Santamaría, Cristina Santamaría Graff, Adriana Diego, Liliana Manríquez, Alberta Salazár, Claudia Lozáno, Luisa León Salazár,  Silvia García Aguilár, & Genevieve Flores-Haro

Community Health Plan 2018-2020 An Action Plan to Improve the Health of all Ventura County Residents