About the CSRC


The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) was established in 1969 to have a systemic impact on the campus, within higher education, and across society through original research on the Chicano and Latino communities in the U.S.

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 competitive research support.

The CSRC strives to balance interdisciplinary and applied research in ways that can impact traditional academic departments and disciplines.  Through all of these efforts, the CSRC exemplifies UCLA’s institutional priorities – academic excellence, civic engagement, and diversity – as a foundation for research that makes a difference.

The CSRC emerged in the midst of social protest against profound disparities in educational access for the Mexican-descent population in the United States. It was originally named the Mexican American Cultural Center (1969–71). The name was changed to the Chicano Studies Center in 1971 and then to the current Chicano Studies Research Center in 1980. In its first two years its administration consisted of an Executive Committee that reported to a “Mesa Directiva” composed of students, faculty, and administrators. In 1971 the directorship was created, and the Mesa Directiva and the Executive Committee were combined into a Steering Committee. Since 1973 the CSRC has had an annually appointed Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) per the requirements for a UC Organized Research Unit (ORU).
The CSRC was founded with a commitment to foster multidisciplinary research efforts as part of the land grant mission of the University of California. That mission states that University of California research must be in the service of the state and maintain a presence in the local community.

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 one of four founding members 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.

Mesa Directiva, 1969–71
Professor Simón González (Education), 1971–72
Professor Rodolfo Alvarez (Sociology), 1972–74
Professor David A. Sanchez (Mathematics), 1974, Interim
Professor Juan Gómez-Quiñones (History), 1974–84
Professor Raymond Rocco (Political Science), 1984–85, Interim
Professor David Hayes-Bautista (Medicine), 1986–92
Professor David Lopez (Sociology), 1992–93, Interim
Professor Guillermo Hernández (Spanish), 1993–2002
Professor Chon A. Noriega (Film and Television), 2002–present

The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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