“Seeking Educational Justice: The 1968 Chicana/o Student Walkouts Made History” (Conference)

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018 -
9:00am to 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Fowler Museum at UCLA, Lenart Auditorium

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the East L.A. walkouts, the CSRC will present two days of programming. On Saturday, March 10, a speakers’ program will feature walkout participants and scholars; it will conclude with a tour of an exhibition at the CSRC Library featuring related materials from archival collections. On Sunday, March 11, the 1996 documentary Taking Back the Schools and the 2006 HBO film Walkout! will be screened. Producers Susan Racho and Moctesuma Esparza, respectively, will introduce their films. A Q&A will follow the screenings. A PDF of the program for these events is available for download here and in Related Materials below.

***See recordings of this event on CSRC YouTube.

Both events are free; RSVP required. Please register for each day you wish to attend. Walk-ins will be accommodated 20 minutes after each day's program begins, seats permitting.
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Speakers' Program*
9:00 am – 9:15 am - Conference Introduction & Welcome
9:15 am – 10:00 am
To Commemorate the Walkouts
Blowout! Sal Castro and the 50th Anniversary of the Eastside Walkouts
Mario T. Garcia, Professor, Chicano Studies and History, UC Santa Barbara
10:05 am – 10:50 am
The Chicana/o student movement of the 1960s and 1970s
Students Rendezvous with History
Irene Vásquez, Associate Professor and Chair, American Studies and Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of New Mexico
Juan Gomez-Quiñones, Professor Emeritus, History and Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
Elizabeth González Cárdenas, Visiting Scholar, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA
10:55 am – 11:55 am
Chicanas in the movement
Decolonizing Our History and Nurturing Activist Imaginations: Chicana Activists of the 1968 East L.A. Walkouts
Dolores Delgado Bernal, Professor, Chicana/o Studies and Education, CSU Los Angeles
11:55 am – 12:55 pm
Lunch (food available for purchase in Ackerman Union and Anderson School of Management)
1:00 pm – 1:40 pm
The 1968 Walkouts seen through the eyes of a high school Chicana student
Seeking Educational Justice
Paula Crisostomo
1:45 pm – 2:35 pm
Panel: The Walkouts and the Legacy of Sal Castro
Sal Castro: Before and After the Walkouts
Charlotte Lerchenmuller Castro
Chicano Educational Attainment Past the Wallpaper Effect: Sal Castro’s Legacy
Robin Avelar La Salle, Co-Founder and CEO, Principal's Exchange
El Maestro, Mr. Sal Castro
Myrna N. Brutti-Gonzalez, Director, Chicano Youth Leadership Conference
2:40 pm – 3:15 pm
The Walkouts inititiated a template for educational growth and a discourse of cultural affirmation
Walkout Now!
Harry Gamboa Jr., Faculty, Program in Photography, CalArts
3:20 pm – 4:05 pm
The struggle for equity continued: Chicana/o students walkout of school in Arizona
Counterstories of Phoenix Union High School and the 1970 Chicana/o Boycott
Bryant Partida, Doctoral Student, Education, UCLA
4:10 pm – 4:55 pm
As a consequence of the Walkouts
Coming Home to Aztlan: Testimonio de 1968
Reynaldo F. Macías, Professor, Chicana/o Studies, Education and Sociolinguistics, UCLA
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm - Closing Summary Session
Dolores Delgado Bernal, Professor, Chicana/o Studies and Education, CSU Los Angeles
Daniel G. Solorzano, Professor, Education, UCLA
Carlos M. Haro, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Reception and Exhibition Tour at UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Please join us for refreshments and a tour of The 1968 Walkouts: Selections from UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Collections, an exhibition on display in the library, hallways, and conference room of the CSRC, 193 Haines Hall. The exhibition draws from six archival collections at the CSRC: the Sal Castro Papers, La Raza Photograph Collection, La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records, Chicano Newspaper Collection, Oscar Castillo Papers, and Oscar Castillo Photograph Collection.
*Schedule is subject to change
Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day
For more parking info, visit: https://www.fowler.ucla.edu/visit/

This two-day event commemorating the 1968 Walkouts in East Los Angeles is organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. Cosponsored by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Institute of American Cultures, the Division of Social Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.

Image: Graffiti on the sidewalk at Roosevelt High School, 1968. Photograph by Devra Weber. La Raza Photograph Collection.

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