El Centro Chicano
USC Student Affairs

Bienvenidos to USC El Centro Chicano

We look forward to meeting you whether a new freshmen, transfer or graduate student for the beginning of Fall 2014 semester. Congratulations on your acceptance to USC! We currently are wrapping up the Spring 2014 academic semester and are here to support our students through the end of the year. We look forward to celebrating with our graduating undergraduate and graduate students soon! 2014 has proven to be a great year thus far as we continue to build on USC El Centro Chicano's tremendous legacy. If you are a freshmen consider leaving on the Latino Floor (application below), this great program will be celebrating it's 40th Anniversary this upcoming year! And we encourage you to scroll down further to see two wonderful short films featured on the History of El Centro Chicano and on our current Program & Services which were featured at El Centro's 40th Anniversary Gala, while also seeing a great article written on our Grand Opening featuring our new mural and finally read a letter of support we recently received by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. A lot of great work is occuring to positively impact our USC Latina/o students and we look forward to continuing to work with you as a student, alumni, parent, faculty, staff, community member and or future Trojan! Si Se Puede! Fight On!


Also fill out our LF Alumni Database, feel free to add former LF classmates & honorary members too! We will be contacting Alumni after the 40th to ask you to share your experience living on the Latino Floor. Your contact information will be extremely valuable to us as we highlight 40 years of Excellence & Success for this very special residential theme & retention program. This information will be used in a larger effort to demonstrate with stories and data the impact the Latino Floor had on your lives at USC and overall. 

40th Anniversary Logo

2012 marked 40 years of El Centro Chicano providing invaluable services and programs to USC’s Chicana/o & Latina/o students. We held a historic celebration with close to 400 attendees on December 1, 2012 at Town and Gown. The 40th Anniversary Gala commemorated four decades of serving the USC Chicana/o & Latina/o Student Community. Our students, friends, and stakeholders came together to reflect and rejoice in the centers achievements and accomplishments, recognize and thank those past and present leaders and friends who contributed to our success and longevity, while also taking a look into the future. Please go ahead and take a look below for two short films that will tell you more about our history and our future.

Two featured Short Films premiered at the 40th Anniversary Gala on 12/1/12: 

Part 1 Honoring Our Legacy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBpsssObOkM&feature=youtu.be

Part 2 Shaping Our Future: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsB7T89lUC0 

Also at El Centro's Grand Opening on November 12, 2013 we premiered the following video that recapped USC El Centro Chicano 40th Anniversary Gala 12.1.12:


Here is an article on El Centro's Grand Opening http://dailytrojan.com/2013/11/12/el-centro-chicano-hosts-the-grand-opening-of-new-location/ as well as the new mural unveiled at the new El Centro Chicano located at Student Union, Suite 402 http://news.usc.edu/#!/article/57619/el-centro-chicano-makes-a-move-with-cesar-chavez-mural/. This article was featured on the front of USC's Website for a week in early December!

Lastly, we received this great letter of support from the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti: 

 Letter from Mayor Eric GarcettiFight On!


Our Mission & Principles: 

El Centro Chicano fosters a community of critically thinking, socially conscious Chicana/o and Latina/o leaders: providing personal, social and academic support through graduation and beyond.  El Centro Chicano strives to educate the campus about Latina/o issues and the ethnic diversity represented within the community (i.e. Central & South America, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico). El Centro also offers student advocacy, personal support, assistance for Latina/o student groups, and transitional/beyond USC programming. El Centro programs and services also consider gender, class, religion/spirituality, bi/monolingual, continuing generations, sexual orientation, disabilities, and multi-racial/ethnic identities, among other factors.

Upcoming Events

Power Pan Dulce Friday 8.31.14
10/31/2014, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Student Union Suite 402

This program provides an informal opportunity for the USC Latino community and friends to come together to socialize and network over sweet bread & chocolate,which includes announcements by El Centro, the Latina/o Student Assembly, and any other organizations, staff, faculty and friends. The highlight of the get together is a featured speaker, a prominent professional, usually an alumni, faculty, staff, community leader & friend of El Centro.

ECC & RE presents the Latino Floor 40th Anniversary
11/5/2014, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom

USC'S El Centro Chicano & the Residential Education will commemorate the History, Legacy & Future of the Latino Floor. “The goal of the Latino floor residential theme program is to create and promote a positive, supportive atmosphere that eases the transition of freshmen students into USC life and empowers them to become prominent campus leaders.”

Project ReMiX: Open-Mic Night
11/12/2014, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ground Zero

Project ReMiX is an interactive program that explores the intersectionality of identities of students from various ethnic and racial backgrounds. In order to create a culture of inclusion, Project ReMiX educates, engages, and empowers participants to understand how the complexity of their identities are linked to issues of social justice. The Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) and El Centro Chicano (ECC) collaborate to provide this program at USC.