50th Anniversary of El Plan de Santa Bárbara Conference

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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.

  • El Plan de Santa Bárbara led directly to the establishment of Chicano Studies departments at UC Santa Barbara and myriad other institutions
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — In the late 1960s, so few other Latinos attended his college, Cástulo de la Rocha could find and personally call them all in a matter of days. And as a student activist in a growing Chicano Movement, he did just that.
“There was an ongoing debate at the time whether there were 20 or 40 or 50 Latinos here at that time,” recalled de la Rocha, then a student at UC Santa Barbara. “So I went to all the students one by one, by last name — Gómez, González, Martínez — all of them. Our number was small. Today the university is very different. Of more than 20,000 students on campus close to 30 percent are Latino, which is extraordinary.”
UC Santa Barbara now is one of two Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a designation stipulating that Hispanic students comprise at least 25 percent of total enrollment.
  1. 50th Anniversary

During the 2018-19 Academic Year, the Department of Chicana/o Studies will commemorate the 50thAnniversary of El Plan de Santa Barbara with a series of events. We invite the campus and community to join us all year long at colloquia, CHST Reads discussions and our two-day conference in the Winter Quarter. 

  1. 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary of El Plan de Santa Bárbara Conference will be streamed live on YouTube at...

  1. February 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  2. February 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  1. 50th Anniversary
  • 50th Anniversary Conference flyer

The 50th Anniversary of El Plan de Santa Bárbara Conference will take place on February 22-23, 2019. 

Please join us for a two-day conference in a year honoring the dramatic events that gave rise to Chicano/a Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and to the transformative contributions of Chicano/a and Latinx students, staff and faculty to the intellectual life of the University over the following 50 years.
The conference will commemorate the 50th anniversary of El Plan de Santa Barbara on the 22-23 of February, with a weekend of expert panel discussions, receptions, and performances.
Through this yearlong commemoration, we aspire to catalyze collective efforts in the coming 50 years, to continue building a more equitable, diverse and inclusive University, and to complete the ambitious agenda that the architects of El Plan left for future generations. 
  1. February 22, 2019 - 9:00am to February 23, 2019 - 6:00pm
  1. 50th Anniversary