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 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.
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), 2002–2021
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.