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 Spring 2015 semester. And we continue to work with our current students, as we support you all academically, personally, culturally and leadership wise. USC El Centro Chicano's tremendous legacy is our base, with tons of great resources and programs planned for Spring, make sure to check out our Upcoming Events on our website and pick up your very own FREE Latino Resource Handbook with Academic Planner at our office.

If you are a perspective freshmen student we encourage you to consider living on the Latino Floor, this great residential special interest program just celebrated it's 40th Anniversary! We encourage you to scroll down to see a wonderful Video on Why Students Chose The Latino Floor for their Freshmen Year called "Latino Floor's 40 Year Legacy"or click hereAfter viewing the video if you would like to apply to the Latino Floor go to the buttons above on our website and click "Programs" where you will see Latino Floor: El Sol y La Luna Special Interest Community or click here. Also, if you scroll further down you will see two wonderful short films which speak about the History of El Centro Chicano and on our current Program & Services, while also seeing a great article written on our Gorgeous Mural which is featured at USC El Centro Chicano, Student Union, Suite 402. 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!


El Sol y La Luna

 The University of Southern California’s El Centro Chicano & Residential Education presented the Latino Floor 40th Anniversary on 11.5.14.

 It was co-sponsored by the Latina/o Student Assembly (LSA), Hermanas Unidas (HaU) & Teach for America. 

“The goal of the Latino floor 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.”

We commemorated the History, Legacy & Future of the Latino Floor at TCC Ballroom.

6:30 PM Reception
Heavy Hors d’oeuvres ft. Trio Ellas
7:00 PM Welcome
Speakers, Short Film & Large Group Photo
7:40 PM Networking
Alumni, Students and Friends of the Latino Floor Networking
8:10 PM Visit USC El Centro Chicano
Small Group Tour
8:30 PM Continue Networking at Traddies Bar & Restaurant
End of Program, but everyone is welcome to stay & mingle=

It was an incredible evening, thank you to all who attended! There were many highlights, pictures and video of the program will be coming soon. Definitely one of the highlights of the evening was the primiere of the Short Film on the Latino Floor's 40 Years Legacy . It was produced by El Centro Chicano Director Billy Vela & Senior Raul Alcantar.   We look forward to seeing what the next 40 years has in store for the residential theme program known as the Latino Floors: El Sol y La Luna...long live the Floors! And Fight On! 

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 2013!

Fight 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

Vision & Voices: "Full.Still.Hungry.: A Performance by Contra-Tiempo"
3/27/2015, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bovard Auditorium

El Centro Chicano, Professor Oliver Mayer & the Latina/o Student Assembly presents this amazing performance by dance company Contra-Tiempo who fuses salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip hop and contemporary dance theatre with live music from members of Grammy Award Winning Queztal. The work relates an open and honest dialogue about how food, race, privilege and cultural consumption impact our everyday lives. Co-sponsored by Project ReMiX

Power Pan Dulce Friday 4.3.15
4/3/2015, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Student Union Suite 402

El Centro Chicano presents Power Pan Dulce Fridays (co-sponsored by the Latina/o Student Assembly) which highlights leaders in the Latino community who have experience and knowledge to empower students in their leadership, cultural identity & career path.

Latino Parents Association (LPA) 3rd Meeting of Spring 2015
4/4/2015, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Student Union Suite 402