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Mario Espinoza-Kulick profile photo 2021

Mario Espinoza-Kulick

Host of Central Coast Voices

Mario Alberto Viveros Espinoza-Kulick, PhD, is co-host of Central Coast Voices, heard every Thursday afternoon on KCBX from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Mario is an advocate, community leader, health equity expert, poet, and author. He uses decolonial-inspired research with Latinx Immigrant and Indigenous communities to improve health on California’s Central Coast.

Dr. Espinoza-Kulick's work has been published in Oxford University Press, Psychological Services, Health Promotion Practice, New Directions for Evaluation, and regional news outlets like El Latino, Santa Maria Times, and the Santa Barbara Independent.

Mario is the Inaugural Ethnic Studies faculty at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. He serves on the Board for Corazón del Pueblo: The Cultural and Creative Arts Center of the Santa Maria Valley as Secretary and Arts for the People Chair. He also volunteers as Board Member for Access Support Network, an organization serving HIV and HCV affected communities in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey counties.

Mario's email: mario@kcbx.org

  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests C.R. Lara, President of the Latino Outreach Council, and Victoria Condor-Williams, community activist. They will discuss the meaning of Cinco de Mayo and share insights into Latinx culture.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 5/5/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests Tom Brandeberry, Founder and Executive Director of Los Amigos de Guadalupe, Alma Hernandez, President of Los Amigos de Guadalupe, and Daniel Segura, Youth Organizer with Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). They will discuss how the work of Central Coast community and economic development nonprofits are working to increase capacity in rural and low-income communities to promote access to recreation services.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.Broadcast date: 4/7/22Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he honors the American civil rights hero, Cesar Chavez. Mario will be joined by Marc Grossman, longtime press secretary, speechwriter and personal aide to Cesar Chavez, and spokesperson for the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the United Farm Workers (UFW), and Bonita Villalobos Rivera, National Vice President and UFW Operations Manager for the Central Coast. They will discuss the history of Cesar Chavez and how the legacy of Chavez continues today.You are invited to listen, learn and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855 or email questions to voices@kcbx.org.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests Raechelle Bowlay, Coordinator with the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Child Care Planning Council and Shana Paulson, Children’s Services Manager with the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) Child Care Resource Connection. They will discuss the importance of anti-bias education in early learning environments, which places diversity and equity goals at the heart of everything in early childhood.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as we celebrate Black History Month. Guests will include San Luis Obispo Mayor Erica Stewart and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student and AmeriCorps VIP Fellow with the Cal Poly Black Academic Excellence Center (BAEC), Audre Smikle. They will discuss the importance of Black History Month and talk about current and future efforts to raise up Black voices in our community.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with members of Paso People’s Action, Yessenia Echevarria, and Camille Katz. They will discuss their work to build community, take action, and promote healing.
  • Join host Mario Espinoza-Kulick as he speaks with guests Violet Sage Walker, Chairwoman, Northern Chumash Tribal Council, and P.J. Webb, Public Interest Attorney, Advisor to the Northern Chumash Tribal Council They will discuss how the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary has the potential to help to address the global biodiversity crisis and accelerate nature-based solutions through inclusive partnerships and collaboration among federal, state and local governments, and California Native American Tribes.
  • Join Kris Kington Barker, and new hosts Mario Espinoza-Kulick and Lata Murti, as they speak with guests from the Diversity Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, board members Cornel N. Morton, Ph.D., Michael Boyer, and Jill Stollmeyer. They will discuss their work to provide programs and resources that celebrate our diversity and promote the inclusion of all members of our community.
  • Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community. This program is an extension and production of "Action for Healthy Communities" an organization committed to identifying and carrying out projects that will improve the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County.