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March 04, 2019

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.

Ralph Armbruster Sandoval - Courtesy Photo
March 01, 2019

Coming to America By Andrea Estrada Courtesy of the UCSB Current

The migrant caravan that traveled from Central America to the United States last month generated headlines — and angry rhetoric — long before it arrived. The situation reached fever pitch the Sunday after Thanksgiving when 500 or so migrants attempted to cross into the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents responded by launching tear gas over the border.

October 19, 2018

Tim Z. Hernández, an award-winning author and poet and an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso, will receive UC Santa Barbara’s 15th annual Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The award will be presented during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the campus’s McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public. 

Complete UCSB Current Article by Andrea Estrada click "An Author of Distinction" below


Norma Cantu Luis Leal Awardee for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature
October 27, 2017

Norma Elia Cantú has worn many hats over the course of her career. She is adding another next month when she comes to UC Santa Barbara to receive the campus’s 14th annual Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature.

The award will be presented during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Corwin Pavilion at UCSB. The event is free and open to the public.

October 05, 2017

In Spring 2017, the Chicano Studies Institute initiated a collaboration with the Center for Black Studies Research (CBSR) and Student Affairs Academic Initiatives and put in place a one-quarter mentorship program for sophomores. The New Heights Grad-Undergrad Mentoring Program took 57 sophomores of color to "new heights"--primarily first generation Chicano/Latino students and Black students-- allowing them to work in small groups with graduate students from similar backgrounds to explore the many opportunities available to help them succeed at a research university and reach their educational goals. This brief report presents survey trends and undergraduate student comments from a post-program questionnaire aimed at evaluating the quality of the experience. (Please click thru for more)