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March 10, 2018 | 9:00AM - 7:00PM

Seeking Educational Justice:
The 1968 Chicana/o Student Walkouts Made History

On Saturday, March 10, a speakers’ program will feature walkout participants and scholars, and conclude with the announcement of a new CSRC Press publication addressing these historic events.

On Sunday, March 11, the 1995 documentary Taking Back the Schools and the 2005 HBO film Walkout! will be screened. Producers Susan Racho and Moctesuma Esparza, respectively, will introduce their films. A Q&A will follow the screenings.

Conference is free; RSVP required.
Please register for each day you wish to attend.

RSVP Day 1 (conference): EventBrite
RSVP Day 1 is full. However: twenty minutes after the program begins, walk-ins will be accommodated according to seat availability.

RSVP Day 2 (screenings): EventBrite

Schedule (subject to change):

9:00 – 9:15am // Conference Introduction & Welcome

9:15 – 9:55am // To Commemorate the Walkouts
Blowout! Sal Castro and the 50th Anniversary of the East Los Angeles Walkouts
Mario T. Garcia, Professor, Chicano Studies and History, UC Santa Barbara

10:00 – 10:45am // The Chicana/o Student Movement of the 1960s and 1970s
Student Rendezvous’ with Making History
Irene Vásquez, Professor and Chair, American Studies, University of New Mexico
Juan Gomez-Quiñones, Professor, History, UCLA

10:55 – 11:55am // Chicanas in the Movement
Grassroots Leadership Reconceptualized: Chicana Oral Histories and the 1968 East Los Angeles Blowouts
Dolores Delgado Bernal, Professor, Chicana/o Studies and Education, Cal State Los Angeles

11:55am – 12:45pm // Lunch (Food available for purchase in Ackerman Union and Anderson School of Management)

12:55 – 1:35pm // The 1968 Walkouts seen through the eyes of a high school Chicana student
Seeking Educational Justice
Paula Crisostomo

1:40 – 2:25pm // The Walkouts and the Legacy of Sal Castro
Sal Castro: Before and After the Walkouts
Charlotte Lerchenmuller Castro
Chicano Educational Attainment Past the Wallpaper Effect: Sal Castro’s Legacy
Robin Avelar La Salle, PhD
El Maestro, Mr. Sal Castro
Myrna N. Brutti

3:30 – 4:15pm // The Struggle for Equity Continued: Chicana/o Students Walkout of School in Arizona
Counterstories of Phoenix Union High School and the 1970 Chicana/o Boycott
Bryant Partida, Doctoral Candidate in Education, UCLA

4:15 – 4:55pm // As a Consequence of the Walkouts
Coming Home to Aztlan: Testimonio de 1968
Reynaldo F. Macías, Professor, Chicana/o Studies and Education, UCLA

5:00pm // Reception and tour of the exhibition
Please join us for refreshments and a tour of The 1968 Walkouts, an exhibition in the library and hallways of the Chicano Studies Research Center, 193 Haines Hall, UCLA. The exhibition draws from the Sal Castro Papers, La Raza, and Chicano Student News collections at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.


PARKING: UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day


This two-day event commemorating the 1968 Walkouts in East Los Angeles is organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), and co-sponsored by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC), the UCLA Division of Social Sciences, the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS), and the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.

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