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Everyday Heroes fighting for Social Justice and Civil Rights (L to R) Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta (Labor organizers and Co-founders United Farmworkers Union); Chicano Artist Carlos Cortez (Homage to Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada); Indigenous Rights Organizer, Author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu.


Fifty years ago, in the midst of struggle, Chicano Studies was born at Cal State LA.  As the first Chicano Studies program in the nation, it began in fall of 1968 with four classes.  This year, the Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies (CLS) Department, with over 150 annual course offerings, recognizes 50 years of transforming minds and communities.  CLS has helped produce alumni who are scholars, educators, politicians, artists, health care providers, cultural workers, and more.  With Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal as the new chair, the anniversary marks a rebirth of the department and a time to build upon our legacy of academic achievements, creative projects, and public service. We invite the campus and wider communities to participate in our September 6thkickoff and the many 2018-2019 planned activities that honor our intellectual and creative history and remind us of the work still left to be done. For a list of fall activities click "CLS 50th Anniversary Events" on the right tab.






CLS 50th Anniversary Co-Sponsors: Alumni Relations; ASI; Asian and Asian American Studies; CFA-LA; College of Arts and Letters; College of Natural & Social Sciences; Communications and Public Affairs; Chicanx Latinx Student Resource Center, Cross Cultural Center, Dolores Huerta Foundation; Fine Arts Gallery; JFK Library; Latin American Studies; MALCS de Cal State LA (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social; MEChA de Cal State LA; MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Arts; Office of Civic Engagement & Internships; Office of the President; Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs; Office of the Vice-Provost & University Diversity Officer; Pan-African Studies; Pathways Program Office; University Advancement; Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; and Women’s March LA Foundation.

For mor information please contact Department Chair, Dolores Delgado Bernal,  at or call (323) 343-2190.

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