Students Share Research and Creative Work and Gain Editorial Experience through Scholarly Publications

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In addition to their classroom assignments and myriad other commitments many students at California State University, Dominguez Hills are also intellectually and creatively engaged scholars who have taken to sharing their research and creative projects by contributing to scholarly … [Read more...]

Gabriel Ybarra: Chicano/a Studies Major Sets the Bar High

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Even before graduating from California State University, Dominguez Hills, junior Gabriel Ybarra is starting his academic law career. He was recently accepted to the Law Fellows Program through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law Academic Outreach Resource Center for the … [Read more...]

Mentoring Ensures Success, Advanced Degrees For Chicana/o Studies Majors

Students and alumni from CSU Dominguez Hills shared their experiences with mentorships at a national at the University of New Mexico (UNM). L-R: Irene Vasquez, director of Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies, UNM; Elizabeth González Cárdenas (Class of ’06); Ben Jesus Lucero Wolf, special major;  Daniel Pérez (Class of ’07), Lissette Murillo-Pérez (Class of ’08); Richard Gutiérrez, Angelica Jiménez, Rafael Martínez, Thalia Gómez (Class of ’11); Oscar Ochoa (Class of ’05); and Jose Serrano Najera, graduate student

Students and alumni of the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills shared their experiences at the annual conference of the Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico (UNM), held Oct. 26 through 28 in Albuquerque. Thirteen current students and alumni … [Read more...]

CSU Dominguez Hills Professor’s Documentary on Mexican Migrant Worker Bracero Program Screens on Campus

WHAT:        “Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program” screening WHEN:        Monday, October 25, 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. WHERE:      Loker Student Union Ballroom, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA COST:          free “Harvest of … [Read more...]

Chicana/Chicano Studies Department’s 40th Anniversary Recognized by City of Carson

Chicano Studies students receive award from Carson City Council

In 1970, an interdisciplinary program called Mexican American studies was offered at California State University, Dominguez Hills. In 1994, it was designated as a stand-alone program and the Chicana/Chicano studies department was established. On Sept. 1, Irene Vasquez, chair and professor of … [Read more...]

Alejandra Hernandez: Chicana/o Studies Major Gives Back to South Los Angeles Community

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There are nearly a dozen churches within a two-block radius of San Pedro Street in South Los Angeles. Alejandra Hernandez, a case manager for the Personal Involvement Center at the Praises of Zion Baptist Church, says that the worse a neighborhood is, the more churches there are, and centers like … [Read more...]

Video Conferencing Enables Students to Interact with Native Speakers to Learn Ancient Aztec Language

Students have long used vocabulary drills and repetition of phrases to learn foreign languages. However, students in “Mexican Culture and Language” at California State University, Dominguez Hills are learning the ancient Aztec language Nahuatl through a unique collaboration between the … [Read more...]

Latino Heritage Month: Chicana Author Helen Viramontes Speaks at CSU Dominguez Hills

Author Helena Viramontes (at left) and chair of Chicana/Chicano studies Dr. Irene Vasquez. - Photo by Romel Edmond

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, California State University, Dominguez Hills students were treated to a lecture by author Helena María Viramontes on Sept. 13. Lauded for her depiction of Chicano culture, the graduate of University of California, Irvine’s Master of Fine Arts program and … [Read more...]

Irene Vasquez: Director of World Cultural Studies Discusses Link Between African Americans and Latinos on LA Alliance

Professor and chair of Chicana/o studies Irene Vasquez spoke recently about misconceptions surrounding African American and Latino relations during a history segment of “L.A. Alliance,” a show presented by the Los Angeles nonprofit Diverse Strategies for Organizing. In the episode, Vasquez, the … [Read more...]

Adan Alonso: Mentors and Music Keep Sophomore in Tune

The first time Adan Alonso, a sophomore at California State University, Dominguez Hills saw the Latino-themed Christmas musical “La Posada Mágica” (A Magical Journey), he didn’t know what to expect. The second and third time Alonso saw the play performed with the musical score composed by Chicana/o … [Read more...]