Chicano Park Mural

About Us

Statement of Lament and Solidarity

In this moment of profound national grief and strife, we publicly reaffirm our longstanding commitment to social justice, equity, and anti-racist work, because, as James Baldwin once said, “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” We call on all to support Black lives within and beyond our communities by actively contesting all forms of racism and white supremacy.

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50th Anniversary Chicana and Chicano Studies San Diego State University 1969-2019

The Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies is one of the first of its kind in the nation and we recently celebrated our 50th anniversary! We are an interdisciplinary and transnational program of teaching, research, and public service that provides students with the opportunity to explore the history, politics, culture, and ethics of Chicana/o/x-Latinx communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Our mission is to develop interculturally aware 21st century leaders who engage in social-justice oriented community service and scholarship. We achieve our mission through our curriculum, research, and knowledge production, which explores race, gender identities, class, immigration, and ethnicity, and emphasizes the U.S.-Mexico borderlands (history, sociopolitical contexts, comparative and symbolic borders), expressive arts (art, cinema, music, theater), and community practices for social change (health, education, community organizing).

We are situated in one of the world’s most dynamic metropolitan areas characterized by the international border and the rich perpetual flow of people, culture, and goods in both directions. Our faculty members—many of them pioneers in our field—use our location as a laboratory for research, teaching, and service.


Upcoming Events and Recent Newsómez-quiñonesToday we mourn the loss of Dr. Juan Gómez-Quiñones, one of our department’s founders and a path breaking Chicano historian (1940-2020).  He passed away on November 11. We extend our deepest condolences to his family.  He personified the highest tenets of our field, as an activist scholar who brought to light the history of Mexican people in the U.S. In the words of one of his colleagues at UCLA, “His presence, his voice, and his heart will be missed by family, friends, and colleagues and the many generations of students that have been influenced and uplifted by his ideas, scholarship and support in the classrooms.”

Juan Gómez-Quiñones, Presente!

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  • We have transitioned to remote instruction for the fall semester, as has most of SDSU, and the department office is now closed until further notice. Phone calls and e-mails to the department will continue to be monitored.  If you have questions about COVID-19, please see the SDSU COVID information page.

  • We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary with a yearlong program of events! We postponed our Community Celebration dinner and a Student Research Symposium due to COVID-19, and at this time, we do not have new dates.  Learn more about our events. 

  • Congratulations to our colleague Dr. Michael Domínguez! He has been selected as the first inaugural Augustine "Gus" Chavez faculty-scholar for the Latinx Resource Center.  Michael will direct the COMUNIDAD program.   Read the SDSU Newscenter article highlighting Dr. Dominguez's work.

Important Contacts

Department Chair & Undergraduate Adviser
Dr. María Ibarra 
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Graduate Adviser
Dr. Adelaida R. Del Castillo 
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Administrative Coordinator
Bertha Hernández 
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