Since its founding, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) has played a pivotal role in the development of scholarly research on the Chicano-Latino population, which is now the largest minority group and the fastest growing population in the United States. The CSRC is one of four ethnic studies centers established at UCLA in 1969 that are now part of the Institute of American Cultures (IAC), which reports to the Office of the Chancellor at UCLA. The CSRC is also a founding member of the national Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR, est. 1983), a consortium of Latino research centers that now includes twenty-five institutions in the United States.
The CSRC was designed to have a systemic impact on the campus and in the field. Its research mission is supported by five distinct components: a library with special collections archive, an academic press, collaborative research projects, public programs and community-based partnerships, and a competitive grant and fellowship program.
Mesa Directiva, 1969–71
Professor Simón González (Education), 1971–72
Professor Rodolfo Alvarez (Sociology), 1972–74
Professor David A. Sanchez (Mathematics), 1974, Acting
Professor Juan Gómez-Quiñones (History), 1974–84
Professor Raymond Rocco (Political Science), 1984–85, Acting
Professor David Hayes-Bautista (Medicine), 1986–92
Professor David Lopez (Sociology), 1992–93, Acting
Professor Guillermo Hernández (Spanish), 1993–2002
Professor Chon A. Noriega (Film and Television), 2002–present