Chicana/o Studies was created in the cauldron of the social activism of the 1960’s and 1970’s—the Chicano Movement, the farm workers’ unionizing Causa, the civil rights movement, anti-war sentiment and counter-cultural challenges—a new area of studies was created and developed to right the intellectual and scholarly absences and errors of bias Social Science research of the time, namely Chicano Studies. The goals this new area of study adopted were to create new knowledge about the diverse Chicano community; reformulate old knowledge; apply research knowledge to the improvement of the material conditions of the Chicano community; support the cultural renaissance within the community; and support social changes through a critical awareness and commitment to equity, and social justice.
Carlos Reyes Guerrero, PhD
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2506