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!

LATINO FLOOR 40TH ANNIVERSARY 11.5.14 

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 USC Ronald Tutor Ballroom. 

Program:

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

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtz-Zph-zXQ&feature=youtu.be

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!

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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

El Centro Chicano Spring Open House 1.14.15
1/14/2015, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Student Union Suite 402

Power Pan Dulce Friday 1.16.15
1/16/2015, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Student Union Suite 402

4th Annual Latino Student Empowerment Conference: Research & Practice
1/24/2015, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
USC

Presented by El Centro, the Latina/o Student Assembly (LSA), Sociology, American Studies & Ethnicity & the Latino Graduate Student Association (LGSA)