Scope and Content
Title: Hunger Strike for Chicano Studies Department
Date (inclusive): 1993
Collection number: 1
Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) 1993
1.5 linear ft.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This collection consists of flyers, memos,
notes, form letters, faxes and photographs that document the events that
occurred during the summer of 1993 when six students and one professor
began a hunger strike to protest the decision of Chancellor Charles R.
Young to close the Chicano Studies Program at the University of
California, Los Angeles.
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Physical location: This collection is currently stored
off site at UCLA's Southern Regional Library Facility. (SRLF)
Language of Material: Collection materials in English, Spanish
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Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
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[Identification of item], Hunger Strike for Chicano Studies
Department Papers, 1, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University
of California, Los Angeles.
Donated to the Chicano Studies Research Center by Movimiento
Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) in 2002
In the spring of 1993, after several attempts from faculty and
students at the University of California, Los Angeles to change the
standing of the Chicano Studies Program from an interdisciplinary
program to a department, Chancellor Charles E. Young announced that the
Program would not receive departmental status. The date was April 28th,
1993, the eve of Cesar Chavez's funeral.
This decision ignited
the passion and activism of many students and set in motion a sit-in
demonstration by the Conscious Students of Color over the welfare of the
Chicano Studies Library, budget cuts, and the Chicana/o Studies Program
and other Ethnic Programs at UCLA. Around 200 hundreds students walked
across the Westwood campus to the Faculty Center on campus to protest
the Chancellor's decision. The protest turned violent after Los Angeles
Police Department (LAPD) and University of California Police Department
(UCPD) officers appeared in riot gear at the Faculty Center. As a result
99 students were arrested and UCLA pressed charges against the students
for vandalizing the premises.
These actions set off rallies
and demonstrations on the part of a variety of student groups such as
MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), Latin American Student
Alliance (LASA), Students for Revolutionary Action, community groups,
(i.e. United Community Labor Alliance,) and brought together thousands
of people to demand changes at UCLA.
The most dramatic
demonstration and the focus of this archival collection was the 1993
Hunger Strike. Eight students and one UCLA professor decided to protest
what they considered an injustice on the part of UCLA Administration,
represented by Chancellor Charles R. Young, through a fast to emphasize
their demands. The hunger strikers were: Juan Arturo Diaz Lopez, Marcos
Aguilar, Balvina Collazo, Maria M. Lara, Arturo Paztel Mireles Resendi,
Cindi Montanez, Joaquin Manual Ochoa and Professor Jorge R.
The hunger strike attracted the support and
attention of many recognized members of the community including State
Senators Tom Hayden, Art Torres, State Representatives Lucille
Roybal-Allard and Xavier Becerra, City Assembly woman Hilda L. Solis;
Mothers of East L.A. and many others. This event galvanized the
community at large and resulted in one of the largest student and
community mobilizations in the history of UCLA.
At the end of
the hunger strike a compromise was achieved between the hunger strikers
and the UCLA administration. As a result, the Cesar Chavez Center for
Interdisciplinary Instruction in Chicana & Chicano Studies was
Sources: Cesar Chavez Center website at
Rhoads, Robert A. Immigrants in Our Own Land: The Chicano Studies
Movement at UCLA. In Freedom's Web: Student Activism in an Age of
Cultural Diversity pp. 61-94. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1998.
Scope and Content
This collection of flyers, memos, notes, form letters, faxes and
photographs and documents of the events that occurred during the summer
of 1993, where six students and one professor went on a hunger strike to
protest the decision of Chancellor Charles R. Young to close the Chicano
Studies Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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and facilitate the use of all types of web browsers.
Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in
this finding aid can contact the archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Correspondence / Form letters
- Series 2. Memos
- Series 3. Notes
- Series 4. Flyers
- Series 5. Faxes
- Series 5. Photographs
- Series 6. Petitions
- Series 7. Photographs
- Series 8. News releases
- Series 9. Miscellaneous papers
- Series 10. Clippings
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Chancellor Charles R. Young
Chicano Studies UCLA