Luis Leal Endowed Chair
Professor Aída Hurtado, Luis Leal Endowed Chair
In April 1995 the Luis Leal Endowed Chair was created to recruit and maintain academic experience and leadership at the highest level within the field. In line with the prestige and distinction Don Luis brought to the campus as a researcher and teacher, the chairship was established as a joint appointment between the Department of Chicana/o Studies and the Chicano Studies Institute.
Professor Aída Hurtado, formerly a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, currently holds the Luis Leal Endowed Chair. Prof. Hurtado served as chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies upon her arrival in 2010, and now teaches courses on Chicana Feminism, Chicanas/os/Latinos/as educational engagement, and the Department’s graduate course in methods. She has received many awards and recognition over the years; most recently, she was honored by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education in 2013 with the award for Latino/a Faculty: Research/Teaching in Higher Education, Research Institutions.
In January 1997, Professor Maria Herrera-Sobek, formerly a professor in the Department of Spanish at University of California, Irvine, was named the first holder of the Luis Leal Endowed Chair. She has since moved into a role of even greater responsibility, serving UCSB as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity Equity and Academic Policy.