50th Anniversary of El Plan de Santa Barbara

Spring 1969, at the height of the Chicano Renaissance, a group of Chicana/o/x activists and intellectuals met on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara and prepared the foundational document "El Plan de Santa Bárbara." Inspired by their own culture and communities, these men and women generated an educational model for institutions of higher learning intended to be more responsive to Chicana/o/xs and to provide a bridge for a new generation of Chicana/o/xs to higher education. "El Plan de Santa Bárbara" recognized the central role of knowledge and representation in power structures and in producing real social change. "El Plan" provided inspiration for the formation of the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCSB and it continues to exert a profound influence on the discipline here.

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. Keep an eye on our website for updates and additions to the following events:

2018.10.24 – Luis Leal Literature Award Ceremony, with reading by honoree Tim Hernandez. McCune Conference Room, 4 – 5 pm

2018.11.7 – CHST Reads: Starving for Justice: Hunger Strikes, Spectacular Speech and the Struggle for Dignity. A discussion led by Prof. Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, 1623 South Hall, 3:30 – 5pm

2018.11.29 – “Father Luis Olivares,” a faculty presentation by Professor Mario Garcia at the McCune Conference Room, 4 – 5 pm

2019.2.6 – CHST Reads: Loving in the War Years, a conversation with Cherrie Moraga and Chela Sandoval, Las Maestras Center, 3:30 – 5pm

TBD – Chicana Dissertation Fellowship Alumnae Panel

TBD – CHST Reads: UC Santa Barbara CHST Faculty Selections


50th Anniversary of El Plan de Santa Bárbara Conference
February 22-23, 2019

Friday, February 22
McCune Room, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, 6020 Humanities & Social Science Bldg.
Special Panel of Former Participants in the 1969 Plan de Santa Barbara Conference
Sal Castro Memorial Keynote Address
Chicana/o Studies Faculty and the Contemporary Relevance of El Plan de Santa Barbara
Graduate/Undergraduate Panel on the Contemporary Relevance of El Plan de Santa Barbara
Alumni Reception
Saturday, February 23
MultiCultural Center
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Cherríe Moraga, UC Santa Barbara
Teaching Artists in Chicana/o Studies
Keynote Speaker: Assemblywoman Monique Limón
Partners in El Plan at UCSB
El Plan and HSI Status
Open Forum and Final Remarks
Special Performance by Chicano Secret Service