CSRC Newsletter - Summer 2022

Pictured: Veronica Terriquez, CSRC director, and Sonja Diaz, LPPI founding director

Volume 20, Number 3

Director’s Message

Last week, as the USA marked its 246th year as an independent nation, I reflected on the fragility of our democracy. This year has been especially tumultuous. Ongoing hardships are being exacerbated by the pandemic, gun violence is widespread, and attacks on human and civil rights are escalating. During this challenging time, I feel incredibly fortunate to be leading the CSRC, where I’m connected to faculty, researchers, and staff who are committed to advancing the needs of students and our communities and to advocates across California and beyond who are fighting for equity, inclusivity, and social justice.
In 2020 the Office of the Chancellor announced that efforts were underway to have UCLA designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by 2025, and in recent months the CSRC has worked with dedicated groups of faculty to implement key elements of the chancellor’s HSI Infrastructure Initiative. The initiative focuses on laying the foundation for programs and policies that will reflect California’s ethnic and cultural diversity. Faculty committees selected our inaugural group of five HSI Initiative Postdoctoral Fellows and nine Latinx Studies Seed Grant recipients. The committees also established plans for eight faculty searches in the coming year. The CSRC will conduct joint searches for tenure-track faculty whose research, mentoring, and/or experiences have ties to Latinx communities in the fields of engineering, statistics, psychology, social welfare, gender studies, English, political science, and interdisciplinary neuroscience. The CSRC is fortunate to have recently hired César Oyervides-Cisneros to help with the administration of these initiatives. One of his first accomplishments was helping coordinate a reception for UCLA’s Latinx STEM faculty and postdocs, which was organized by the CSRC and co-sponsored by the David Geffen School of Medicine, the College of Life Sciences, the College of Physical Sciences, and the Samueli School of Engineering. In other HSI-aligned work, the CSRC’s associate director, Carlos Santos, is leading the newly formed task force within the Department of Social Welfare in order to enhance social work research and training focused on serving Latinx communities.  
To address the issues and concerns of California’s young Latinx majority and other diverse youth, the CSRC has invested in community-engaged research that is developing recommendations for strengthening our democratic institutions and tackling persistent social inequalities. I am especially proud of the UC, community college, and high school students who are part of the California Freedom Summer Participatory Action Research Project. These students are leading research studies, campaigns, and youth conferences across the state. Their work will inform the CSRC’s research agenda by collecting data on the types of investment and support needed to allow young people from marginalized communities to thrive. This participatory action research aligns with the framework presented in Educating toward a Multiracial Democracy in California, a recent working paper from the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access that was developed in collaboration with the CSRC.
In a time of multiple crises, it is my hope that the CSRC, through deep collaborations and incisive research, will help inform solutions to pressing social problems. Given the recent Supreme Court decision that undermines women’s health and self-determination, this includes making sure that the voices of young Latinas are heard. To this end, the CSRC is honored to be partnering with the Latino Policy and Politics Institute on the Latina Futures, 2050 Lab.  Funded by a $15 million California state budget allocation, the lab will support research and programming that emphasizes the rights and leadership of Latinas in civil society and the workplace.
The CSRC‘s research agenda and programming depends on the support and collaboration of so many individuals. I am grateful for all those who join us in our efforts here on campus and in the community. ¡Adelante Juntos!
Veronica Terriquez
Director and Professor


Call for Proposals: UC Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative
The goal of the UC Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI) is to enhance faculty pathways for historically underrepresented groups. The program focuses on California Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), including five of the nine University of California (UC) campuses (UCI, UCM, UCR, UCSB, and UCSC). The initiative aims to increase representation among Latinx/Chicanx, African Americans, American Indians/Native Americans, Filipinx, and Pacific Islanders in all disciplines; women in STEM; and Asian Americans in the humanities and social sciences. However, it is designed to support any California HSI student selected based on faculty and/or project criteria, irrespective of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, or gender identity. An annual allocation will be available for competitive grants that will flow directly to principal investigators (PIs) at their UC campuses. Small awards up to $50,000 and large awards up to $350,000 are available for projects that address the program goals listed on the RFP. PIs must be University of California senate faculty representing administrative or academic units. Pis may be from non-HSI UC campuses as long as they are collaborating with a federally designated HSI in California. For more information, visit the UC-HSI DDI webpage. Proposals due: November 14, 2022


Latina/o Studies Association Conference: “Centering Blackness, Challenging Latinidad
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
July 11-14, 2022
Hosted by the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the 2022 Latina/o Studies Association (LSA) Conference will convene over three hundred scholars in the field of Latino studies to present and discuss scholarship focused on this year’s conference theme. The CSRC is a co-sponsor of this event. For more information and to register, visit the conference website: https://latinxstudiesassociation.org/conference/


CSRC Press wins book awards
Publications from CSRC Press recently received recognition from two book award organizations. In the 2022 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs), Autobiography without Apology: The Personal Essay in Chicanx and Latinx Studies, edited by Chon A. Noriega, Wendy Laura Belcher, and Charlene Villaseñor Black, earned a silver medal in the national category of Education II (Commentary/Theory). The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970–2019, fourth edition, edited by Chon A. Noriega, Eric Avila, Karen Mary Davalos, Chela Sandoval, Rafael Pérez-Torres, and Charlene Villaseñor Black, earned a bronze medal in the category Best Regional Non-Fiction, West-Pacific. Additionally, the 2022 International Latino Book Awards (ILBAs) announced The Artist as Eyewitness: Antonio Bernal Papers, 1884–2019, edited by Charlene Villaseñor Black, as the winner of Honorable Mention in the categories Best Arts Book and Best Nonfiction, Multi-Author. The book is also a finalist for Best Biography–English. The winner will be announced at the ILBA awards ceremony in August.
Noriega delivers Faculty Research Lecture
On April 28, Chon A. Noriega, distinguished professor of film, television, and digital media and former director of the CSRC, delivered the 131st Faculty Research Lecture. Titled “Destruction in Art, Art in Destruction,” the lecture featured Noriega’s research on destructivist artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz. A video recording of the presentation and the Q&A that followed is available on the UCLA YouTube channel.
Black co-authors article
Charlene Villaseñor Black, professor of art history and Chicana/o studies, editor of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and former associate director of the CSRC, is co-author of “Decolonizing Art and Empire,” published in the March 2022 issue of The Art Bulletin. The co-author is Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Black’s work as co-principal investigator of the CSRC-led research project Critical Mission Studies at California’s Crossroads was integral to this scholarship. The article is available online here.
Favila receives awards
Cesar Favila, assistant professor of musicology and CSRC Faculty Advisory Committee member, is the recipient of two research awards. Named the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellow for 2022, Favila will conduct research on his project “Immaculate Sounds: The Musical Lives of Nuns in New Spain.” Favila has also been named a Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader (MEFL) for 2022. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, MEFL Awards provide a twelve-month stipend to junior faculty who are pursuing tenure while working to make their fields of study and campuses more inclusive.
Loya publishes article
José Loya, assistant professor of urban planning and CSRC faculty associate, published the article “Ethno-racial Stratification in the Mortgage Market: The Role of Co-applicants” in the August 2022 issue of Social Science Research. The article draws on annual data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) from 2010 to 2017 to show that ethno-racial disparities in loan outcomes vary tremendously when the ethno-racial identity of the co-applicant is factored in. The article is available online here.
Sianez joins Bunche Center
Darling Sianez, former CSRC business manager, has joined the staff of the Bunche Center for African American Studies as its new business and operations analyst. Sianez began working for the CSRC in 2008 and quickly became an essential member of the CSRC operations and administrative staff. We will miss her, and we wish her the very best in her new position.
López Oro selected as IAC visiting scholar
Paul Joseph López Oro has been selected as the CSRC’s Institute of American Cultures visiting scholar for 2022-23. López Oro is a transdisciplinary Black studies scholar whose teaching and research closely examines Black Latin American and U.S. Black Latinx social movements, hemispheric mobilizations and migrations, and Black feminist queer theories and ethnographies. During his year in residency he will be working on his book manuscript, tentatively titled “Indigenous Blackness in the Américas: The Queer Politics of Self-Making Garifuna New York.” The study is a critical ethnography of how gender and sexuality shape the ways in which transgenerational Garifuna New Yorkers of Central American descent negotiate, perform, and articulate their multiple subjectivities as Black/Indigenous/Central American Caribbeans. He is an associate professor in the department of sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York.
2022-23 IUPLR-Mellon dissertation fellows announced
Doctoral candidates Brenda Lara (Chicana/o and Central American studies) and Arón Montenegro (world arts and cultures/dance) are the UCLA recipients of 2022-23 dissertation-completion fellowships offered by the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) and the Mellon Foundation. Lara and Montenegro will be part of a national cohort of outstanding doctoral candidates from five universities. Fellowships include a stipend, mentorship, and participation in the IUPLR conference and summer institute. The CSRC is a founding member of the IUPLR, and it contributed to establishing this fellowship program for students who are writing dissertations that focus on Chicana/o or Latina/o studies and utilize humanities-based research methods.
Welcome, Getty Marrow interns!
This summer, the CSRC will host two interns through the Getty Marrow Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Zaida Lagunas is a senior majoring in the history of art and architecture (museum studies emphasis) and minoring in poverty, inequality, and social justice at UC Santa Barbara. In her internship, which is focused on CSRC publications, Lagunas will work on the CSRC Press series A Ver: Revisioning Art History, working closely with the series editor and production editor to learn aspects of book production. Ada Marys Lorenzana is a senior majoring in political science at the University of Southern California. During her internship, which is focused on archival research and preservation, Lorenza will conduct in-depth research and provide curatorial support for a forthcoming exhibition on Latinx youth movements. The exhibition is a collaborative effort of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the soon-to-be Museum of the American Latino, and the CSRC. Both interns will join the CSRC for ten weeks.
2021-22 visiting scholars and fellows report
The CSRC would like to thank its 2021-22 visiting scholars for their groundbreaking research and contributions to Latinx scholarship. We wish them the very best.
  • Stevie Ruiz is an associate professor of environmental justice, critical race theory, and Chicana/o studies at California State University, Northridge, and was the Institute of American Cultures visiting scholar at the CSRC for 2021-22. He was also a Huntington Long-Term Fellow. His publications during the year included the article ”Camp Chicano: The Racialization of the Great Outdoors in the Civilian Conservation Corps,” forthcoming in Latino Studies. He also co-edited a special issue of Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities titled ”Environmental Justice in Chicana/o Communities,” and he co-authored a paper with his students, “Contested Cartography: Transformational Teaching and GIS Research in Chicanx Studies,” that appeared in the same issue. Ruiz chaired a panel on the South Asian Farmer’s Movement at the Association for Asian Studies conference in Oahu, Hawaii, in March. Finally, he completed a full draft of his book manuscript, “Stewards of the Land: Race, Space, and Environmental Justice,” to be published by University of North Carolina Press. His publications can be found at https://csun.academia.edu/StevieRuiz
  • Uriel Serrano is a PhD candidate in sociology and critical race and ethnic studies at UC Santa Cruz and was a 2021-22 Ford Dissertation Fellow and UC President's Dissertation Fellow based at the CSRC. During the year, Serrano worked on various collaborative projects with youth organizations in Los Angeles. He co-authored the op-ed “How a Coalition Creates Paths to Healing for Young Men of Color” for KCET (December 2021). In 2022, he published the co-authored article “Towards Community Rooted Research and Praxis: Reflections on the BSS Safety and Youth Justice Project” in Social Sciencesand, in collaboration with Brittany P. Battle, “Toward a Du Boisian Paradigm of Family Science” in the Journal of Family Theory and Review. He is currently completing two manuscripts from his dissertation project. The first explores how criminalization shapes the racialized emotions of children and youth in Los Angeles. The second examines how Black and Latinx young men engage in intersectional thinking, how it informs their analysis of the carceral state, and how abolition and intersectionality inform their activism and coalition building. Finally, Serrano was an invited speaker at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting; the Cal State University Young Men of Color Forum; UC Santa Cruz; Montclair State University; CSULA; and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Serrano will complete his dissertation this summer and has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Community Organizing and Social Computing in the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine.
  • Vincente Carrillo was the CSRC's 2021-22 IUPLR-Mellon Dissertation Fellow. During the year he published the article “Pride Arrives to the Barrio: An Ethnographic Reflection of Boyle Height’s Orgullo Fest” in Latinx Talk (April 2022). In June, Carrillo graduated from UCLA with a PhD in Chicana/o and Central American studies. His dissertation, “Queer Latinx Regeneration: Boyle Heights and the Geographies of Gentrification,” explores queer-of-color belonging alongside the revitalizing barrio landscape of Boyle Heights. In the fall, Carrillo will begin a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Latina/o Studies Department at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Michael A. Olivas, presente!
The CSRC mourns the death of Michael A. Olivas, who passed away April 22. A professor emeritus at the University of Houston Law School, Olivas was an acclaimed scholar of higher education and immigration law and a fierce advocate for Latinx students. He influenced the early critical thinking on DACA. Olivas was the keynote speaker at two CSRC Latina/o Education Summits, in 2012 and 2014. Michael A. Olivas, presente!


Flores participates in panels and workshops
On March 8, CSRC librarian and archivist Xaviera Flores participated in a roundtable panel for Information Studies 289: “Audio Archiving.” Flores spoke to a group of seventeen students on the challenges and the impact and benefits of preserving analog and digital audiovisual materials created by communities of color. The CSRC Library has over 2,000 holdings of film and audio elements. On May 6, Flores led a workshop on archiving the Chicano movement at the 2022 UMAS/MEChA Reunion at CSULA. The two-day event brought together high school students and teachers, undergraduate students, faculty, and guests to celebrate the leaders of El Movimiento with academically and culturally enriched programming and community events. It was organized by the CSULA Chicanx/Latinx Studies Department and the College of Ethnic Studies. On June 16, Flores was one of several guest speakers at Amor en Aztlán III, an online event hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). It featured collaborative artwork, performances, film screenings, and conversations with artist, documentary filmmaker, and queer activist T. Osa Hidalgo de la Riva.
Exhibitions with CSRC loans
The following exhibitions currently on view include images and artworks from CSRC collections and publications.
  • In person
El Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn, NY, through September 11
Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, through January 1, 2023
The Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA, ongoing
  • Online
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC
Google Arts and Culture
The CSRC Library will be open for limited services this summer by appointment only. For researcher visits, please fill out an archival research application to make your request. For all other inquiries, please email librarian@chicano.ucla.edu. To learn more about available CSRC Library and Chicanx/Latinx resources, please visit our research guide at https://guides.library.ucla.edu/csrc. UCLA students are encouraged to seek reference assistance via the UCLA Slack Channel #csrc-library-reference.


New report on young California voters
“The Undermobilization of Young Voters in California: Tapping the Potential to Build Youth Political Power,” by Veronica Terriquez and Josefina Flores Morales, explores the low participation of young voters in midterm elections. The authors look at patterns of voter registration and turnout in California for eligible voters aged 18–34 in the 2018 midterm election. They argue that even though young adults have much at stake, they may be less aware of the implications of congressional, state, and local election outcomes than their older counterparts are, and they point out that the 2020 midterms offer an opportunity to activate undermobilized young adults. Veronica Terriquez is a professor and the director of the CSRC. Josefina Flores Morales is a research assistant at the CSRC and PhD candidate in the UCLA Department of Sociology. The report may be downloaded here.
Ebook version of Knowledge for Justice
Knowledge for Justice: An Ethnic Studies Reader is now available in Kindle, Nook, and other electronic formats. Published in print in 2020, the anthology is a joint publication of UCLA’s four ethnic studies research centers: the American Indian Studies Center, the Asian American Studies Center, the Chicana/o Studies Research Center, and the Bunche Center for African American Studies. Essays address the intersectional intellectual, social, and political struggles that confront the groups represented in the anthology. The selections articulate the specificity of each racial ethnic group’s struggle while simultaneously interrogating the ways in which such labels or categories are inadequate. David K. Yoo, Pamela Grieman, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Danielle Dupuy, and Arnold Ling-Chuang Pan edited the volume. The print edition is available from University of Washington Press, distributor of CSRC Press books.


All “In the News” articles are available in PDF format on the CSRC website.
A feature on the new research project Latina Futures, 2050 Lab, a collaboration between the CSRC and the Latino Policy and Politics Institute, to be funded with a $15 million allocation from the State of California.
UCLA Newsroom, July 7, 2022 (PDF)
The Latino Politics and Policy Institute issued a press release on state funding to launch the Latina Futures, 2050 Lab, a collaboration between the LPPI and the CSRC.
UCLA Latino Politics and Policy Institute press release, July 6, 2022 (PDF)
n a UCLA Newsroom story about UCLA's Ethno-Communications program, Chon Noriega, distinguished professor of film and television and former CSRC director, commented on how the program, which ended in 1975, helped diversify the student body.
UCLA Newsroom, June 14, 2022 (PDF)
A story on a study concerning housing insecurity among communities of color in California. The study was a collaboration of the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, the Asian American Studies Center, the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, and the CSRC.
Daily Bruin, May 24, 2022 (PDF)
The CSRC was named in a story listing major universities offering education and research opportunities in the field of Chicano studies.
BELatina, May 20, 2022 (PDF)
A feature story on artist and CSRC collections donor Raphael Montañez Ortiz and a preview of his current retrospective at the El Museo del Barrio. The exhibition includes materials on loan from the CSRC.
The New York Times, April 27, 2022 (PDF)
A preview of the 131st Faculty Research Lecture given by Chon Noriega, distinguished professor of film, television, and digital media and former CSRC director.
UCLA Newsroom, April 25, 2022 (PDF)
A story about a forum held by Future Leaders of America and the CSRC that was aimed at teaching college students in Santa Barbara the history of the politicization of school board meetings. 
Santa Barbara Independent, April 21, 2022 (PDF)
A profile and video of Moctesuma Esparza, a producer, lifelong activist for educational equity, and CSRC collections donor.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, April 19, 2022 (PDF)
CSRC director Veronica Terriquez commented on a report from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, which showed that the Latinx population of California is at high risk for rental housing insecurity.
BELatina, April 11, 2022 (PDF)
LAist spotlighted an event at the Grammy Museum held in partnership with the CSRC. The discussion on the history of the Chicano movement featured musicians Mark Guerrero and Little Willie and CSRC director Veronica Terriquez; Melissa Hidalgo was the moderator.
LAist, April 11, 2022 (PDF)
A feature on a report from the UCLA Institute for Neighborhood Knowledge, the Latino Politics and Policy Institute, the Asian American Studies Center and the CSRC showing that Asian and Latino households are severely underrepresented among those who have managed to receive rent relief during the pandemic.
UCLA Newsroom, April 6, 2022 (PDF)
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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.