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Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies

A welcome from the Director

Welcome to Chicana/o – Latina/o Studies (ChiLat) at Stanford!

The ChiLat program, established in 1997, focuses on the US population with origins in the countries of Mexico, Latin America, and or South America. Selecting courses in the humanities, and social sciences taught by affiliated faculty in many disciplines, students explore the culture, society, and economy of this important and growing segment of our national population.

This year is an exciting year for us. We have scheduled engaging and informative courses that invite Stanford undergraduates to participate in ongoing national conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, language, and immigration.

The list of courses includes:

  • CHILATST 14N: Growing Up Bilingual
  • CHILATST 21: Visual Storytelling in Community: The Casa Zapata Mural Archive & History Project
  •  CHILATST 111: Curander@s, remedios y espiritualidad: Chican@/Latin@ healing practices
  • CHILATST 125S: Chicano/Latino Politics (POLISCI 125S)
  • CHILATST 131: Raza Youth in Urban Schools: Mis-educating Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Communities (EDUC 131)
  • CHILATST 140: Migration in 21st Century Latin American Film (ILAC 140)
  • CHILATST 162: Latin/x America in Motion: An Introduction to Dance Studies (DANCE 162L, TAPS 162L, CSRE 162D)
  • CHILATST 173: Mexican Migration to the United States (AMSTUD 73, HISTORY 73, HISTORY 173)
  • CHILATST 180E: Introduction to Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies (CSRE 180E)
  • CHILATST 275B: History of Modern Mexico (AMSTUD 275B, CSRE 275B, HISTORY 275B, HISTORY 375C)

If you are interested in exploring the range of issues, experiences and methodologies that form the foundation of Latina/o/x studies, we suggest that you enroll in ChiLat 180E: Introduction to Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies (CSRE 180E). The course, taught by Dr. Jonathan Rosa, draws on intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches to introduce students to the histories of predominant U.S. Latinx subgroups such as Mexicans/Chicanxs and Puerto Ricans while also incorporating consideration of the ways in which broader populations with ties to Central America, South America and the Caribbean play crucial roles in constituting US identities.

Stop by our office and get to know Byron Barahona  the Student Services Specialist for CCSRE.  Also, feel free to contact me at any time to set up a time to talk.

Guadalupe Valdés


Professor of Education

If you are a student interested in learning more about, or declaring, a major or minor in Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, please reach out to the CSRE Peer Mentors and/or, CSRE’s Student Services Specialist, Byron Barahona (