The Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program (CLS) offers a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of Mexican- and Latin-American-origin people, cultures, and collectivities within the United States. The CLS certificate is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base and the intellectual tools to understand the unity and diversity of US Latin@ populations. The primary objective of the CLS program is to train students in the study of Chican@s and Latin@s, as well as to introduce them to the central questions, topics, and applications that have emerged in this field of inquiry.

CLS offers a variety of courses, some focusing on particular national-origin groups or specific academic disciplines, and others organized around comparative topics or issues. We welcome you to join our academic community of learners.
Note: The @ ending ("a" at the center of "o") offers a simultaneous presentation of both the feminine and masculine word endings of Chicana, Chicano, Latina, and Latino and allows readers/speakers to choose the form they prefer.


  • Rubén Medina (Spanish and Portuguese)


  • Nidia Bañuelos (Continuing Studies)
  • Erin Barbato (School of Law)
  • Theresa Delgadillo (English and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Falina Enriquez (Anthropology)
  • Alberta M. Gloria (Counseling Psychology)
  • Paola Hernández (Spanish & Portuguese)
  • Armando Ibarra (School for Workers and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Kathryn Kirchgasler (Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Edna Ely-Ledesma (Planning & Landscape Architecture)
  • Michael Light (Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Sociology)
  • Lori Lopez (Communication Arts)
  • Benjamin Márquez (Political Science)
  • Sara McKinnon (Communication Arts)
  • Rubén Medina (Spanish & Portuguese and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Almita Miranda (Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Geography)
  • Alfonso Morales (Planning & Landscape Architecture)
  • Mariana Pacheco (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Marla Ramírez Tahuado (History and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies)
  • Steve Quintana (Counseling Psychology)
  • Sarah Rios (Community & Environmental Sociology)
  • Diana Rodríguez-Gómez (Educational Policy Studies)
  • Diego Román (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Aurora Santiago-Ortiz (Gender & Women's Studies)
  • Carolina Sarmiento (School of Human Ecology)
  • Revel Sims (Chican@ & Latin@ Studies and Planning & Landscape Architecture)
  • Alison Powers Useche (History)
  • Kate Vieira (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Juan Zalapa (Horticulture)


  • Megan Bailon
  • Yesenia Cervera

Emeritus Faculty

  • Andrea-Teresa Arenas
  • Jim Escalante (Art)
  • Mary Louise Gomez (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Consuelo López (Gender & Women's Studies)
  • Francisco Scarano (History)
  • Steve Stern (History)
  • Lynet Uttal (Counseling Psychology)


  • Rachelle Eilers (Certificate Advisor)
  • Peter Haney (Program Administrator)
  • Jessica Gomez (Project Assistant)