Welcome to Chican@ Studies!

To view our Graduating Class of 2020, please visit the Undergraduate page here.

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.


  • Ricardo Delgado Solis at UCR Library

The Current highlights the Racial Justice Fellow awardees for 2021, including our newest Ph.D. candidate Ricardo Delgado Solis!

  1. fellowships
  2. Awards
  • Care invitation of the CHST Department Virtual Graduation Ceremony on May 26th, 2021 at 3:00PM - 4:00PM

You're cordially invited to the the 2021 Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Virtual Graduation Ceremony on May 26th, 2021 starting from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM!

  1. Graduation Ceremony
  2. Graduation
  3. Undergraduate

Come celebrate the book launch of Transmovimientos: Latinx Queer Migrations, Bodies, and Spaces.

  1. October 13, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  1. Book Launch
  2. event
  3. Zoom Event
  4. Ellie Hernandez
  5. Magda Garcia