El Centro Chicano
USC Student Affairs

Bienvenidos to USC El Centro Chicano

We recently hosted the eldest son of Cesar Chavez and here is the article of the event called Cesar Chavez is son discusses his father’s legacy

In addition, we also hosted along with the USC Office of the Provost on February 29th 2016 The Latino Last Lecture Series feat. Dr. Pedro Valdes-Sosa Neuroscientist Visiting from Cuba

Our 5th Annual Latino Student Empowerment Conference on Saturday January 23, 2016 was featured in two outstanding articles: Successful USC Alumni Motivate Students & For Long Beach mayor (and USC alum), being an immigrant shapes the future.

USC El Centro Chicano was also featured on Noticiero Estrella TV Ch. 62, Click Here or Picture Below for Video! 

For English translation go HERE. 

If you are a prospective student looking to join us next year at USC, continue to read below to find out more about El Centro Chicano and how it can benefit you and if you are a freshmen looking for a dynamic and enriching place to live at USC, look no further then our 42 year old retention program known as The Latino Floor, which will be a great foundation builder for your first year at USC. See a wonderful video account of students and alumni is experience which we premiered at the Latino Floor's 40th Anniversary! To find out more and apply to it go here.


We look forward to meeting you whether a new freshmen, transfer or graduate student for Fall 2016 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 Fall, make sure to check out our Upcoming Events on our website and pick up your very own FREE Latino Resource Handbook with Planner at Fall's Black & Latino New Student Symposium set for Sunday August 21st, 2016. 

If you scroll further down you will first see the 40th Anniversary of our special interest residential theme program The Latino Floor which featured a short film on it's 40 year legacy, followed by two wonderful short films which premiered at USC El Centro's 40th Anniversary in 2012. They 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. And do not forget to Like our Facebook Fan Page to stay in the know! 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!

p.s. On March 27th 2015 we hosted 1200 plus attendees for our Vision & Voices event at Bovard Auditorium featuring Urban Latin Dance Company CONTRA-TIEMPO, read more about it here: http://news.usc.edu/79186/contra-tiempo-elevates-social-change-through-dance/.


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, definitely one of them 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&fea ture=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&fea ture=youtu.be

Here is an article on El Centro's Grand Opening http://dailytrojan.co m/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.