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.

Prof. Aída Hurtado, Luis Leal Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, will be presented the Legacy Award by the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her dedication and contributions to the field of Education. 

Prof. Casillas was honored by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) with the 2016 Book of the Year AwardEach year,  the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) adopts a book written by a Latino/a author as the Conference book.

  • CLG graduate

Congratulations to our 2016 graduates from the Department of Chicana/o Studies! 


  1. July 21, 2016 - 12:15pm