About Us

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies strives to fortify the connection between UCLA and its surrounding urban context and to shatter the ‘ivory tower’ myth of the university as above and apart from the rest of society. Our graduates, we believe, are the ultimate product of these efforts and each year, we’re reminded of their ability to integrate their overlapping commitments to academic success, community service, and social justice.  Please explore our website to learn more about our faculty and students, and how our department furthers the ideals of inclusive excellence at UCLA. Learn More…

Eric AvilaChair and Professor

As a land grant institution, the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands).


Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA

The UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies is pleased…

Professor Leisy Abrego and Associate Professor Gaye Theresa Johnson Awarded with Mellon Foundation Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded UCLA a $225,000…


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