Nuestra Hxstoria

The Chicanx Latinx Resource Center was established in 1995 as a response to the educational needs of Chicanx Latinx students at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Better known as "EL CENTRO" by students and staff, the Center serves as a hub of organized activity and resources that support student transition, retention, graduation and academic advancement. El Centro has had a great legacy of directors, Dr. Larry Trujillo and Rosalee Cabrera, both now retired. Our previous director Dr. Judith Estrada was mentored by both of them and served as Director for seven years. Dr. Estrada now serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our current Director, Xiomara López, returned to UC Santa Cruz in January 2022. She attended UCSC during her undergraduate career, where she also interned for El Centro. 

Through campus and community partnerships the mission of EL CENTRO is to promote a critical understanding of Chicanx and Latinx communities within the United States and internationally. We accomplish this mission by offering workshops as well as an extensive programming calendar. Our efforts promote cultural affirmation, social justice values and community service. Students attending our activities gain insight into cultural dynamics, social and political processes and the historical significance of the contributions that Chicanx and Latinx/e have made to the U.S and to the broader world community.

EL CENTRO offers a comfortable space for students who are eager to learn more about campus resources, Chicanx Latinx student organizations, faculty and staff connections, and about opportunities for campus involvement. Additionally, integrated into all programming are efforts that raise awareness of the social, political, economic, historical, and cultural realities of Chicanx and Latinx populations.

El Centro is located on the third floor of the Bay Tree Bookstore building and is open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. El CENTRO shares the space with the American Indian Resource Center, Asian American/Pacific Islader Resource Center, and the African American Resource and Cultural Center. Please feel free to stop by to find out more about the programs and activities or for consultation. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Xiomara, Director for the Chicanx Latinx Resource Center by e-mail

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