About the CLRC

Ojos, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. Photo by Catherine S. Ramírez.

Since 1992, the Chicano Latino Research Center has helped make UC Santa Cruz a vibrant hub for Chicano, Latino, Latin American, and migration studies.  Drawing from and bringing together the social sciences, humanities, and arts, our work explores the diversity of the Americas, with a focus on the mobility of people, ideas, and commodities.  We are especially interested in questions related to class, economics, education, embodiment, everyday cultures, gender, identities, indigeneity, labor, language, nation, place, politics, policy, race, representation, sexuality, social movements, the state, statelessness, and non-citizenship.  We also seek to put Chicano and Latino studies in dialogue with border and migration studies on a global scale. 

A forum for investigation and exchange, the CLRC hosts conferences, symposia, workshops, public lectures, and film screenings by UC Santa Cruz faculty and students, community members, and visitors to Santa Cruz.  We are proud to have initiated and to be part of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's 2016-17 John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture and our campus' first major award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  We sponsor Research Clusters on topics proposed by UC Santa Cruz faculty and students, give Individual Faculty Research Awards and Graduate Student Mini-grants, and co-administer the Lionel Cantú Memorial Award with the Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology Departments.  With our support, CLRC affiliates have produced numerous publications, including single-authored books, edited volumes, research reports, and working papers.

The CLRC has a strong history of collaboration with Mexican institutions and individual scholars across the Americas and is a member of Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (Latin American Council of Social Sciences, also known as CLASCO).

In addition, we teach UC Santa Cruz undergraduates to think critically and help prepare them for graduate and professional school by providing them with mentorship and hands-on research experience via our Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program.  Over 2015-16, our Undergraduate Researchers helped establish Nuestras Historias:  The CLRC Archive, a trove of information about the CLRC's past and the vital role we play at UC Santa Cruz.