¡Happy New Academic Year 2011-2012!
As many know, this academic year, we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Chicano Studies. Forty years ago, students from the Latin Liberation Front (pre-cursor to La Raza Student Cultural Center), demanded from the University of MN administration, the establishment of a Department of Chicano Studies. It was not an easy effort, nor did administration cede readily. Rather, it was the vision, courage and tenaciousness of a few strong people, within the context of tremendous social change, which catapulted the midwest onto the scene nationally. At the annual Grito event on Saturday, founders discussed their vision--particularly the steadfast demand for a department and not only a program as key to a validated and strong presence on campus.
Join us as commemorate 40 years of struggle, service and dedication. Chicano Studies will continue programming and co-sponsoring events throughout the year, with special events dedicated to the 40th Anniversary on the Third Thursdays and Final Fridays of the month.