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In 1977 a group of students of Mexican ancestry who identified as Chicana/os in recognition of their unique social, cultural and political identities joined forces with a Chicano Art Professor, Rubén Trejo, to establish the Chicano Education Program. Since its creation, this program has served as an academic and community center for students and their families. Today, the Chicana/o/x Studies Program, as is known, provides services for students of all backgrounds: Chicanx, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latinx, immigrant, migrant, Caribbean, Central American, South American, non-Latinx, and beyond. Our program offers academic and non-academic support services both in English and Spanish, such as advising, peer mentorship, and tutoring opportunities, culturally relevant events, scholarship information, and a home away from home. Welcome to your space! (Bienvenidos!)

The Chicana/o/x Studies Program has a dual mission at Eastern Washington University. The program’s first mission is to actively contribute to enhancing the opportunity and participation of Chicanos/Latinos in higher education. This mission is achieved by actively recruiting and supporting Chicano/Latino students to have a positive and successful academic career.

A parallel CHST mission is to contribute to EWU’s goal of addressing diversity, by providing all students, regardless of ethnicity, with a Chicana/o/x Studies curriculum leading to a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the Chicano/Latino community and relevant issues. CHST is committed to staging initiatives that adhere to and meet its dual mission. The Chicana/o/x Studies Program is divided structurally into three distinct program components. These include recruitment, student support services, and other CHST activities.
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With gratitude, we recognize that our program resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People. We acknowledge the historical and cultural connections with other tribes of this region. We honor the activism of all peoples of color and many other movements for social justice that pace the way before us. And we appreciate all our predecessors who, since 1977, envisioned, organized, and initiated the efforts that gave birth to our program. With this gratitude and enthusiasm, I welcome you to our Chicana/o/x (Latina/o/x) Studies Program at Eastern Washington University!  

We are an interdisciplinary academic program and community center. Our interdisciplinary curriculum embraces local, national, transnational, and global frameworks that shaped and continue to form the historical, cultural, and political experiences of Chicana/o/x and all Latina/o/x communities in the US. We address issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, immigration, culture, intersectionality, and much more. In addition, we serve as a community center where we offer a variety of support services in English, Spanish, and Spanglish, such as advising, peer mentorship, scholarship information, cultural events, a kitchen, a student lounge, and above all a welcoming family for everyone. Todos son bienvenidos!)