Chicano & Latino Studies is the study of people of Mexican and Latin American descent in the United States through an interdisciplinary lens. It is grounded in social justice values that seek the amelioration of racism, sexism, homophobia, and systemic inequalities.
Born out of the Civil Rights Movement, it also values a close working relationship with community so that educational access is seen as a fundamental right and a form of community empowerment.
As we honor our 40th year as the first full-fledged Department of Chicano & Latino Studies in the Upper Midwest region—and the only one in Minnesota—we pride ourselves in carrying forth the legacy of the students and community activists who had the vision to advocate for the establishment of this department.
As the fastest growing population in Minnesota, the knowledge base regarding Chicanos and Latinos in Minnesota and around the nation must be broadened and deepened. We invite you to be part of this journey.
Staff and faculty in Chicano studies work at developing special relationships with students and community members. We are also seen as a strong cultural connection and safe haven on campus where Chicana/o-Latina/o students meet other students and are given quality academic advice in pursuing an education and a career that advances their personal goals and the well-being of the entire community.
– Louis Mendoza, Chair