Student Resources

Student Organizations

Student Departmental Senate

The Student Departmental Senate is open to all Chicana/o Studies majors and minors and any UCLA students interested in being a Chicana/o Studies major or minor. Join the SDS to become a part of the official student voice of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. You can also participate in planning events for the SDS, such as the Raza Mixer and Open House, and have your input on committees such as Community Relations and Development.

Please click here for SDS Bylaws

AB 540 Student Resources

Assembly Bill (AB) 540 is a California state law that allows qualified undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, instead of out-of-state tuition at California’s public higher education institutions.*

Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and the Immigrant Youth Movement is a new publication co-sponsored by the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, highlighting the lives of undocumented student leaders and the growing national movement led by immigrant youth to pass the DREAM Act.

The UCLA Bruin Resource Center has programs for AB540 Students. Visit their BRC Programs page.

The UCLA Economic Crisis Response Team offers resources for all enrolled UCLA students who are experiencing financial hardships, regardless of their residency status. For more information, visit their website or contact them at 310-206-1189 or

Free food is available on campus for financially struggling students through the following centers:

  • Community Programs Office Food Closet, located at the Student Activities Center (SAC) – Room 111.
  • Cafe 580, located at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on Westholme Ave / Hilgard Ave.

The Saban Free Clinic provides affordable healthcare to the under served communities of Los Angeles, regardless of residency status. For more information, visit their website or call 323-653-1990 to make an appointment.


The Urban Institute Academy is looking for college juniors majoring in the social sciences (Public Policy, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, etc.) with the aptitude for quantitative research.  Students must also have both a strong interest in a career focused on U.S. domestic social policies affecting low and moderate-income individuals and communities, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

Candidates will be selected based on academic performance (both GPA and rigor of academic course load), interest in public policy research, demonstrated leadership potential, and community involvement.

Click here to visit the Urban Institute Academy.


Visit UCLA’s Scholarship Resource Center to find scholarships from UCLA and outside sources. 

To search for graduate and postdoc funding, visit UCLA Graduate Education.