Cal State LA students are making a difference every day on campus and in their communities and they deserve to be recognized. Scholars, athletes, student organization members, community activists, volunteers and all Golden Eagles who have impacted their community in a positive manner are encouraged to apply for this award, which recognizes outstanding student achievement.
In March of 1968 thousands of Chicano students at high schools on the Eastside of Los Angeles walked out of classes to protest inequity and prejudice in the education system. At the time, the Los Angeles Unified School District largely ignored Mexican American history, and Chicano students were forbidden from speaking Spanish and often steered toward vocational careers instead of college, among other problems. The East L.A. Walkouts, or Blowouts, called attention to systemic inequities and ultimately led to improvements in city schools.
Did you know it would take the average Black family 228 years to build the same wealth as a white family today? Often times we discuss the wage gap, but we sometimes forget about the racial wealth gap as well. Join us to dive deeper into the racial wealth gap and its very real consequences.
The Black experience and struggle include (un)documentation. Join us to honor and center the stories that often go unacknowledged.
The University Library will feature an exhibit of historical photos, documents and community newspapers chronicling the 1968 East L.A. Walkouts, curated by Cal State LA alumnus Raul Ruiz. The display will include photos taken by Ruiz, who was a student, journalist, photographer and activist in 1968. Ruiz captured powerful images for the Chicano Student News newspaper, including school administrators trying to stop students from marching into the streets and police arresting protesters.
In the face of environmental changes and encroaching modernization in rural Waimea, Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. Directed by Tadashi Nakamura, 2016, 66 minutes.