In 1993, students and faculty at UCLA undertook civil disobedience and a nonviolent hunger strike to underscore their demands for greater support of Chicana/o Studies and the establishment of an official department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
Soon after, what is now known as the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies was established and named in honor of Chávez — in memory of his leadership for social change, fair treatment of farm workers, his support of nonviolence and his use of the hunger strike as a tool to challenge the moral conscience of the nation and the world.
Today we celebrate César Chávez Day in honor of Chávez's legacy of activism and social justice in the civil rights and labor movements. This issue is dedicated to Bruins whose work continues to push social justice movements forward.
A Letter of Solidarity From Diverse Alumni Communities of UCLA Addressing Hate and Violence Against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community
Veena Hampapur, M.A. '10, Ph.D. '16 and Saba Waheed tackle the prominent narrative of "bad immigrants" and its ties to a long history of criminalizing immigrants and refugees in the United States on the women-led radio show and podcast Re:Work.