News and Events

Upcoming events for academic year 2020-2021:

Weekly Platicas

Each week will feature a different guest speaker

CCS 50th Anniversay Celebration Series

Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholars Transforming Higher Education

  • When: Friday, April 26, 2019

  • Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Room 225

Image of panel flyer


Chicana and Chicano Studies: Open  House

  • When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

  • Where: Clark Hall, room 229

  • We are opening our doors and inviting students, faculty, and staff to come learn about our new major, meet our faculty, and learn about events we have planned this year.  

CCS Open House


Dismantling Systems of Oppression through Radical Healing in Latinx Communities

  • When: Monday, December 18, 2017

  • Where: MLK Library, Room 225

  • The Mexican American Studies Department is proud to share with you this opportunity to join us for an evening where students in our MAS 240 Applied Seminar in Chicana/o Studies provide insight and strategies for working in Chicanx and other communities. 

MAS 240 event image

  • Found in Translation: A Conversation with Mexican Writer Cristina Rivera Garza

  • When: Thursday, November 16, 2017; 3-5 p.m.

  • Where: Student Union, Meeting Room 1B

Event Flyer for Cristina Rivera Garza



  • Symbols of Resistance: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement

  • When: Thursday, November 9, 2017; 6-9 p.m.
  • Where: WSQ 207
  • Join us for the film and panel discussion. 

Flyer for Symbols of Resistance film and discussion


Chisme, Chiste, and Survival

  • When: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Martin Luther King Library, room 225
  • Yosimar Reyes is the artist in residence at Define American, a media and culture organization dedicated to shifting the conversation surrounding immigration and identity in a changing America. He is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist, and public speaker.  Born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in East San Jose, California, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. 

  • Yosimar Reyes event flyer.

  • Politics and Community: A Dialogue with the Honorable Blanca Alvarado

  • When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: SJSU, Student Union Theater
  • Reserve Your Free Ticket @ and Community event flyer
  • Born Out of Struggle: 

    Critical Race Theory, School Creation and the Politics of Interruption

    A conversation with David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago (event flyer,pdf)

    WHEN: Thursday, April 6 @ 4pm 

    WHERE: SJSU, Sweeney Hall 331

     David Stovall, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates four areas: 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) concepts of social justice in education, 3) the relationship between housing and education, and 4) the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curricula that address issues of social justice.

     Born Out of Struggle offers important lessons about school creation from the ground up.  While the story of a 19-day hunger strike serves as the backdrop of the discussion, the focus of this talk will be on concrete examples of the challenges and contradictions of keeping young people, families, and community members central to community control of education.  The discussion to follow will explore the relevance of these lessons for students, community, and families, as well as educational leaders & classroom teachers of all subjects & grade levels.

    by the College of Education and Mexican American Studies 

    All inquiries should be directed to Marcos Pizarro at marcos.pizarro@sjsu.eduBorn Out of Struggle

  • September 21, 2016--Film screening and panel discussion.   Flyer for Macario Film Screening and Panel Discussion


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