Welcome to Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota! We welcome you and hope you can find any information you need to learn more about the department's mission, our history, our courses, and our active relationship with the local Latin@ community. Check out the "About
" section of our website to learn more about who we are and what we do. Please visit the "Oral History and Video Project
" section on our homepage to watch The Making of Chicano Studies
, a video on the department's founding featuring former students who helped to establish the department, current faculty, alumni, and students. Last year, after extensive discussion about the department's mission, the ongoing demographic changes occurring in Minnesota and throughout the nation, and the importance of being enhancing awareness of our presence on campus, department faculty agreed that it was time to evolve into the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies. With this change we remain deeply committed to our focus on the lived experience of people of Mexican descent in the United States, but we acknowledge that a comparative and transnational approach that showcases the intra-cultural diversity of the Latina/o population is important in fulfilling our educational mission at the university to ensure that students are well-informed about the complexity of the Latina/o community. We welcome feedback and suggestion for making it more user-friendly. We look forward to seeing you in Scott Hall soon!