Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick

Ethnic Studies Instructor, Cuesta College

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About Mario Alberto

Espinoza-Kulick’s research focuses on health policy, immigration, race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, and social movements. Through the framework of decolonial-inspired methods, his research produces relevant scholarship in collaboration with community, highlighting evidence for equitable policy change. Overarching themes in Espinoza-Kulick’s writings include advocacy strategies that transform health policy, cross-sectoral collaboration, and unequal healthcare access among Latinx immigrants. Espinoza-Kulick serves on the Boards for Corazón del Pueblo: The Cultural and Creative Arts Center of the Santa Maria Valley, and Access Support Network.

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The Legacy of Cesar Chavez by Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick to Central Coast Voices/KCBX.
Latinx Culture, More Than Cinco de Mayo by Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick to Central Coast Voices/KCBX.
Access to Recreation in Rural and Low-Income Communities by Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick to Central Coast Voices/KCBX.
Working Toward a Healthy Community by Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick to Central Coast Voices/KCBX.
Why Parks and Recreation Are Essential Public Services by Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick to Central Coast Voices/KCBX.
Changes in Juvenile Justice by Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick to Central Coast Voices/KCBX.
Guest on KCBXFM Central Coast Public Radio, November 2, 2022.
What Is Monkeypox (MPX), and Should I Be Worried? by Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick to Central Coast Voices/KCBX.
Guest on HPRS Cohort 2017, 2021.
Interviewed in "Anti-Bias Education in Early Learning," KCBX FM Central Coast Public Radio, March 3, 2022.
Interviewed in "Celebrating Black History," KCBX Central Coast Public Radio, February 3, 2022.
Interviewed in "Paso People’s Action," KCBX FM Central Coast Public Radio, January 7, 2022.
Quoted by Mackenzie Shuman in "Coronavirus: Cuesta College SLO Plans for Classes, Vaccines," The San Luis Obispo Tribune, 2021.
Quoted by Camille Katz in "Paso Robles Daily News," December 15, 2021.
Interviewed in "Protecting the Heritage of the Central Coast," KCBX FM Central Coast Public Radio, December 2, 2021.
Interviewed in "SLO Equity: Engaging Our Community," KCBX FM Central Coast Public Radio, November 4, 2021.
Opinion: "La Idioma Crea Barreras," Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick, El Latino , 2020.
Quoted by Claudia Buccio in "Pandemic limits Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations for many," KSBY, September 15, 2021.
Quoted by News Staff in "Cuesta College’s Fall Semester Begins August 16," Paso Robles Daily News, August 11, 2021.
Guest on KCBX: Central Coast Public Radio, July 8, 2021.
Opinion: "Big Promises for Immigrants Will Biden-Harris Reverse the Cycle of Institutional Discrimination?," Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick, Santa Barbara Independent, February 9, 2021.
Quoted by Laura Place in "Cal Poly Center for Health Research Launches People’s Health Movement in Santa Maria,," Santa Maria Times, December 7, 2020.
Quoted by in "Protect. Respect. Wear Your Mask," Twitter, July 22, 2020.
Quoted by in "For Safekeeping or the Ousting of a Noxious Symbol, Serra Statues Come Down," KCBX FM Central Coast Public Radio, July 1, 2020.
Quoted by in "Building Teaching Capacity For LGBTQ+ Inclusion With Queer Ethnic Studies," Carnegie Education, June 26, 2020.
Guest on YouTube, June 9, 2020.
Quoted by Nicole Poletto in "Gaucho Grad Selected for National Leadership Program to Build Health Equity," Grad Post, October 6, 2017.
Quoted by Brian De Los Santos, Tre'vell Anderson and Priya Krishnakumar in "We’ve Woken Up’: What It’s Like To Be LGBT Under Trump," Los Angeles Times,
Opinion: "Discovering Silence Through Indigenous Methodologies," Mario Alberto Espinoza-Kulick, UC Santa Barbara Undergraduate Research, August 6, 2015.


"We Need Health for All”: Mental Health and Barriers to Care among Latinxs in California and Connecticut" (with Jessica P. Cerdeña ). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 19 (2022).

Builds on research with local community leaders and agencies to put forward a model for inclusive health care delivery that includes multilingual access and structurally competent providers.

"Movement Pandemic Adaptability: Health Inequity and Advocacy among Latinx Immigrant and Indigenous Peoples" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 15 (2022).

Conceptualizes what I call, “movement pandemic adaptability,” drawing from a decolonial-inspired study including participant-observation (September 2018–September 2020), interviews (n = 31), and focus groups (n = 12) with community members and health advocates. Data collection began before the COVID-19 pandemic (September 2018–February 2019) and continued during its emergence and the initial shelter-in-place orders (March 2019–September 2020).

"La Gente Unida: Latinx Immigrant and Indigenous Health and Advocacy on California’s Central Coast," UC Santa Barbara, June 2021.

Documents health disparities facing heterogenous Latinx Immigrant and Indigenous groups and analyzes immigrant health advocacy strategies.

"Addressing the Cultures of Health in Latinx Communities," UC Santa Barbara, 2018-2019.

Brings you the voices of twenty-one graduate students from across the disciplinary spectrum. Discussses what drives them to pursue their research, their personal journeys that brought them to UCSB, and what they hope their work will accomplish.

"Marijuana Policy Project" (with Alex Espinoza-Kulick), in Marijuana in America (ABC-CLIO, LLC, Forthcoming).

Tells the history of the Marijuana Policy Project, focusing on how issues of race and health shaped their formation and ongoing advocacy work.

"Ethnic Enclaves" (with Maura Fennelly, Kevin Beck, and Ernesto Castañeda). Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology (2021).

Provides a comprehensive overview of the existing research on "ethnic enclaves," which has been deployed to understand concentrated areas of residential segregation and minority business ownership.

"Know Your Status: Alleviating Stigma From the HIV Positive Community of San Luis Obispo California," Cal Poly, June, 2015.

Describes the formation of a HIV/AIDS awareness, testing, and prevention program that was piloted at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The findings demonstrate how to create an effective community-based program, and the "Know Your Status" event has been adopted annually

"Community Report: Preliminary Findings," UC Santa Barbara, June 24, 2020.

Describes the crisis of health facing Latinx immigrant communities on California's Central Coast, highlighting major concerns for policymakers and community stakeholders.

"The Care-Advocacy Paradox: How Social Movement Organizers Strategize in Support of People Living With HIV/AIDS," 2018.

Analyzes interviews from the ACT UP Oral History project. Demonstrates how organizers in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic used creative, confrontational strategies in order to raise awareness and gain resources for people living with HIV/AIDS.