From April 27-May 5, 1994, nine Chicana/o, Latina/ students, affiliated with El Congreso, went on a ten-day hunger strike. This action generated substantive changes on campus, including more Chicana/o Studies Department faculty, the first ever doctoral program in Chicana/o Studies, and a more racially diverse campus. Indeed, greater funding for recruitment and retention programs from the 1994 hunger strike is one reason why the campus just became a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). This photo includes two of the nine hunger strikers, Naomi Garcia and Edwin Lopez, speaking at a rally outside Campbell Hall (Naomi Garcia collection).

Welcome to Chican@ Studies!

The Chicana/o Studies Department engages students in the interdisciplinary study of Chicana and Chicano history, culture, and politics. Our students explore Chicana/o experiences in their most broad, comprehensive sense, informed by several philosophical and theoretical schools, historical and political scholarship, literary and religious traditions, artistic movements, mass media, and video and film. In partnership with affiliated faculty across campus and feminist and Black Studies Ph.D. emphasis programs, the B.A./Honors/M.A./Ph.D. programs in Chicana and Chicano Studies challenge students to link theory with practice, scholarship with teaching, and the academy with the community.


  • Gerardo Aldana at Achieve UC in Carpinteria. Photo Credit: Sonia Fernandez

Achieving Greatness
UC and UCSB representatives visit Carpinteria High School to...

The Chicana and Chicano Studies Department was deeply saddened to hear about the recent death of Andres "Andy" Sanchez, a second-year student from Poway, California. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sanchez family as they mourn and grieve for Andres... (more).