Here at UCSB, we take pride in our strong commitment to the success of our Chicanx/Latinx communities. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, we continue to strive to provide our students with the essential tools and resources needed to accomplish great feats during and after their time at UCSB. Get involved with El Congreso, a Latinx activist organization, one of our many professional organizations like Los Ingenieros, or just hang out at El Centro where you can learn about these orgs and many more!

This community has helped me grow positively and I will forever remember the amazing times at UCSB.

Featured Event

United States' 24th Poet Laureate: Ada Limón

Tuesday, April 25 | 7:30 PM| Campbell Hall

For Ada Limón, poetry is elemental, necessary and deeply human. Known for “clear storytelling, vivid visuals, and a final turn that snaps you like a twig” (Guernica Magazine), Limón is the author of six books of poetry. The Carrying won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Bright Dead Things was nominated for the National Book Award. Her newest book of poetry, The Hurting Kind, was named one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2022. The first woman of Mexican ancestry to be named U.S. poet laureate, Limón views identity – and poetry – as an avenue to greater possibilities.

Point of Pride

El Centro

In 1969, the Chicano Coordinating Council on Higher Education met at UC Santa Barbara to draft El Plan de Santa Barbara, a document that served as the foundation for educational curriculum and community organizing across California. Another outcome was the formation of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA).