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 Chicana and Chicano Studies Department welcomes our newest member of the faculty: Dr. Silvia Rodriguez Vega!

Join us on February 1st to honor Rubén Martínez, a teacher, performer, and one of the country's leading Latino voices across various mediums and genres.


  1. Luis Leal Award
  2. Awards

Join us on Wednesday May 4th from 3:00 to 4:30 PM at South Hall 1623 for a talk with Dr. Alfonso Gonzalez Toribio from UC Riverside.

  1. May 4, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
  1. Colloquium

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Juan De Lara on Wednesday, April 28th, 3:00 PM at South Hall 1623.

  1. April 28, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
  1. forum