Pioneering Latino leaders trace their roots to Cal State LA

The movement created Latino leaders who would ultimately transform the social and political landscape of Southern California.


“For us, it was all about access and equity. We wanted people to go to college and graduate. We wanted them to go back to their communities and use their education to help their communities.”

Photo by J. Emilio Flores

Cal State LA commemorated 50 years of Chicano Studies with a tribute to civil rights pioneer Dolores Huerta, who delivered an inaugural lecture for the department’s anniversary.