The Chican@/Latin@ Studies Community aims to educate, offer insight, and explore all that is associated with the history, customs, and traditions of Chican@/Latin@ culture. Through participation in this community, students will gain a deeper understanding of the issues and events affecting Chican@/Latin@ society. Students will also have opportunities to explore Los Angeles and see how Chican@/Latin@ culture is represented in our city and the nation.

The “@” symbol is used to be gender-inclusive.

All students, regardless of cultural heritage or major, are invited to join in on the colorful immersion of Chican@/Latin@ culture.

Recent Programs

  • Night of Cultura: Come enjoy a night of performances celebrating Latin@ culture!
  • The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Join us as we tour this amazing cultural and historic landmark in the San Fernando Valley! Learn about this iconic mural by Judy Baca that depicts the history of people of color in California.
  • Dia de los Muertos: Celebrate the tradition of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by decorating sugar skulls, face painting, watching live performances on folkloric dance and mariachi, and creating an altar for loved ones.
  • Reality of the Hunger Games: Join the Afrikan Diaspora Studies, Global Health, and Sustainable Living Theme Communities and a Faculty-In-Residence for a discussion on hunger, poverty, and the intersectionality of sustainability and social justice in Los Angeles, followed by a screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay in Westwood Village.

Resident Perspectives

  • “The Chican@/Latin@ Studies Theme Community is a great place to live, learn, and grow as a person. The open-minded students in this community come from diverse backgrounds, and when we all come together we enjoy sharing our experiences and making new memories through fun programs revolving around Chican@/Latin@ culture.”
  • “It broadens your knowledge of what it means to be Chican@/Latin@ for people who aren’t and don’t have that knowledge, and they don’t know the meaning or what the people are like. It really opens your eyes to understanding and knowing about it.”
  • “Our theme community in one word: Fiestalicious.”
  • “There’s a lot of diversity here. The fact that other people get to explore Chican@/Latin@ culture promotes a mutual understanding. There’s so much to share with them and I feel that because of that, people share their culture with me.”

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