East African Community & Cultural Center

4061 Fairmount Avenue                                                                                                                                                        San Diego, CA

The East African Community & Cultural Center was established by the United Women of East Africa, whose mission is to be the pipeline of culturally competent health services, education, and advocacy for the improvement of East African women and their families’ health and well-being.



City Heights has historically served as a home for resettled refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, Somalia, Iraq, the Congo, and Syria, and for South Asian, Black American, and Latin@ communities. Previously known as “East San Diego,” this area spans from El Cajon Boulevard to University and Fairmount, and encompasses a rich history of community activism and resistance. Neighborhood members have mobilized and organized bus and transit projects, City Heights community gardens and public art parks like Azalea Community Park, a neighborhood newspaper, and calls for more affordable housing for City Heights residents. City Heights is home to community centers like Little Saigon, the South Sudanese Community Center, and the East African Community & Cultural Center, the site of our conference.