Chicano Student Programs to Celebrate 40th Anniversary on March 2 & 3

Homecoming events include reunion dinner, open house and presentation by Professor Emeritus Carlos Cortés

Chicano Student Programs Office

The Chicano Student Programs Office in Costo Hall.

For forty years, the Chicano Student Programs office at University of California, Riverside has been a source of family, pride and heart for Chicano and Latino students at UCR, and CSP will celebrate this milestone during UCR’s Homecoming on March 2 & 3, 2012.

Scheduled celebration events include a talk by UCR History Professor Emeritus Carlos Cortés on the Chicano/Latino experience at UCR over the last four decades, an alumni reunion dinner and an open house.

Current CSP Director Estella Acuña said she was excited to have the opportunity to reflect upon the history or the program and look at the contributions and progress made by Chicano/Latino students over the last four decades.

“There have been so many changes, so much growth. Professors and staff members have gone, new ones have arrived and others still remain.,” she said. “This is an opportunity for our alumni to experience these things, make new connections and re-establish ties with the past.”

CSP will host a 40th Anniversary Alumni Dinner on Friday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alumni and Visitors’ Center. The dinner is $40 for UCRAA members and their guests and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, March 3 the CSP will host an open house from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at their offices at 145 Costo Hall.

Chicano Student Programs mural

Part of the wall-length mural created by local artist Chano Gonzalez in 1975 that hangs in the Chicano Student Programs office.

“This will be a great chance to come and see our new office space and visit with the CSP staff,” Acuña said, adding that although the office’s location has changed, there are still some familiar sights, including the iconic mural created by artist Chano Gonzalez in 1975. “The mural still exists and graces “El Centro” at its new location.”

Cortés’ presentation, titled “We Started Small: The Beginning of the Chicano Experience at UCR,” will reflect upon his experiences at UCR during the 1970’s. It begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Bourns Hall B118 as part of the “Back to Class Program.” The talk is open to the public and admission is free.

There will be a $5 charge for all non-permit holders to park on campus for events. Parking for the reunion dinner is included in the ticket price.

CSP was formed in 1972 to help meet the needs of Chicano/Latino students, staff and faculty at UC Riverside as well as in the surrounding community. The program was designed to place an emphasis on providing assistance to first-generation Chicano/Latino college students through access to scholarships and internships, programs such as the Chicano Link Peer Mentor Program and Textbook Lending Library, as well as through cultural events that celebrate the shared heritage of the community

In 1972, there were just 345 Chicano/Latino students at UCR, making up 6.3% of the campus population. Forty years later, UCR’s 6,104 Chicano students account for approximately one-third of the campus’s 20,000 student population.

Acuña said they are seeking photos and other memorabilia to display at the reunion.

For information on attending any of the reunion events or about Chicano Student Programs, please contact Acuña at (951) 827-3821 or by email at

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