Welcome to Chican@ Studies!

Official statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter here.

Spanish version of official statement in support of #BlackLivesMatter here.

Established in Fall 1970, the Chicana/o Studies Department emerged from Black and Chicana/o student activism, most notably the North Hall building take-over in Fall 1968 and the El Plan de Santa Barbara conference held at the Francisco Torres residential hall in April 1969. 

The UCSB Chicana/o Studies Department was the first such unit in the entire UC system.  Chicanx/Latinx student organizing, namely the 1989 and 1994 hunger strikes, strengthened the Department over time, leading to the creation of the world's first doctoral program in Chicana/o Studies which began in 2003.  The Chicana/o Studies Department engages students in the interdisciplinary study of Chicana and Chicano history, culture, and politics. 

The Department is fully committed to social justice and uprooting all systems of inequality.  In partnership with affiliated faculty from across campus and Feminist and Black Studies Ph.D. emphasis programs, the Department's B.A./M.A./Ph.D. programs challenge students to link theory with practice, scholarship with teaching, and the academy with the community.


The Current at UCSB published an article on the Graduate Division Racial Justice Fellows for 2023-2024 featuring Chicana/o Studies Graduate Student Cynthia De La Rosa

Cynthia de la rosa headshot

On February 23, 2004, with a stellar group of faculty at the MCC, a  two hour symposium was held to introduce the first doctoral program in Chicana and Chicano Studies. 
In Fall 2005, the the first cohort of doctoral students arrived at UCSB. Almost twenty years later to the day, one of our distinguished alum, Associate Professor William Calvo-Quirós, retorna to give a presentation on his award-winning book, Undocumented Saints: The Politics of Migrating Devotions (Oxoford University Press, 2022). 
Professor Calvo-Quirós' presentation is one of the events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the first doctoral program in the nation to focus on Chicanas/os/x. We are beyond proud to sponsor a series of events this year and next highlighting the academic accomplishments of our doctoral graduates.
  1. February 1, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

The Horacio Roque Ramirez Memorial Symposium will feature speakers who will honor the life and legacy of Professor Horacio Roque Ramirez (1969-2015).

Dr. Roque Ramirez was a faculty member in the Department of Chicana/o Studies who passed December 2015. His ethnographic and archival research focused on Central Americans in the US, queer Latinx community life in San Francisco, and Latino sexuality and hope in an era of AIDS and deportation. At UCSB, he developed the courses “Central Americans in the U.S.” and “Salvadoran Diasporas”, among the first within the UC system. Read More

  1. January 31, 2024 - 11:00am to 1:30pm