Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection
Bulk Dates: 1972-2006
Nuñez, Rene, 1936-2006
Physical Description: 2.42 linear ft
Language of Materials:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
This collection was processed as part of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Archives Project, made possible by a grant from the
President's Leadership Fund.
The son of immigrants, Rene Nuñez was born in 1936 and raised in San Diego. He graduated from San Diego High School in 1955,
and joined the army four years later. After leaving the army, Nuñez attended the University of California, Los Angeles where
he received his Bachelor's degree in Spanish in 1967. During this time, he worked as the Director of the Educational Clearinghouse,
a college outreach program for Chicano/a and African-American students living in LA's underprivileged neighborhoods. As an
activist dedicated to improving Chicano education, Nuñez participated in the 1968 Chicano Student Walkouts, and helped to
organize the Biltmore Hotel educational demonstration of 1968. He was arrested as part of the "Biltmore 10." He played a
major role in the 1969 UC Santa Barbara Conference of Chicano students, professors, and activists. The conference discussed
educational issues in the Chicano community, and resulted in the creation of "El Plan," a blueprint for the codification of
Chicano Studies programs at the university level. Several universities implemented the plan the following year. The conference
also established the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). In addition to this work, Nuñez was active in the
anti-war movement as well.
In 1969, Nuñez became Director of the Centro de Estudios Chicanos at SDSU. He formally joined the faculty in 1971, and helped
to develop the curriculum for the Chicana and Chicano Studies department. In his classes, Nuñez promoted the principles of
the Chicano Movement, celebrated Chicano history and culture, and encouraged community outreach and involvement. In 1972,
Nuñez received a Master's degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College. In 1985, he obtained a Master's in Political Science
from UCSD, and in 1994 he acquired a joint doctorate in education from SDSU and Claremont Graduate University.
In 2002, Nuñez retired as Professor Emeritus of Chicano Studies. He continued teaching and remained an active participant
in the San Diego County Latino Coalition for Education, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), the
Latin Education Summit, and La Rama de Padres Latinos. Nuñez died in 2006. Faculty at SDSU held a "Teach-In and Call to
Action" in honor of Nuñez.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan de U.C.S.B.
Genre/Form of Material:
San Diego State University. Chicana and Chicano Studies
Materials in this collection were compiled and donated by Richard Griswold on 18 October 2007.
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Conditions Governing Access:
This collection is open for research.
Identification of item, folder title, box number,
Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Chicano Federation of San Diego County Records, 1968-1980
Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection, 1974-1983
Arturo Casares Papers, 1968-2007
Maria Garcia Papers, 1968-1997
Citizens United for Racial Equality Records, 1968-1976
Scope and Contents
Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, assembled after Nuñez's death, documents his work in promoting educational equity and parent involvement, and his help in
founding the Chicano Studies Department at SDSU. Filed alphabetically, the collection includes educational treatises, academic
papers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and materials relating to Nuñez's memorial service at San Diego State University.
The collection dates from 1968 to 2008.