The Raza Resource Centro (RRC) is one of the Campus Community Centers under the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego.
The Centro came out of a history of struggle, and student and community movements that called for resources and support for UCSD Chicanx- Latinx. We use use words with the letter X (latinX) to create an inclusive environment for all of the students and individuals that visit our space, regardless of gender identity or expression.
As a Campus Community Center with administrative staff and student interns we offer activities, events and resources to connect students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The RRC is open to everyone, and we strive to emphasize and foster the access, retention, and graduation of Chicanx-Latinx students as well as create strong connections with our surrounding community.
Bienvenidxs to the Raza Resource Centro! We exist because of a strong student, staff, and faculty activist movement aimed at establishing a more inclusive campus. The Raza Resource Centro team is committed to our student’s success and we work collectively to meet the needs of our students. The Centro is a lively space where students study, meet, write, get tutoring, and most importantly are in community. It is a space where Latinx/Chicanx organizations hold meetings, events and where cultura, arte, and academics interconnect.
We offer programs around:
- Student internships and programs
- Research and conference preparation
- 1st year and Transfer student transition (Avanzando Juntos Program)
- Weekly Writing Collective (Fridays at 12pm)
- Math and Science Tutoring
- Graduate School Preparation
- Real World Success Series
- Prospective student overnight track
- Student Organizations Affiliate Program
- Community Resource and Academic Office Hours
Our space offers students:
- Computer Lab
- Chicanx library
- Lobby area
- Kitchen with fridge and microwave
- Conference room
- Professional support staff
Bienvenidxs a casa!
the Black Resource Center
Established in 2013, the Black resource Center (BRC) is a Campus Community Center which serves the entire population of UC San Diego while emphasizing the Black experience. Birthed through strong advocacy of students, alumni and other supporters, the BRC seeks to provide support services and foster community for current undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to the student services, the center is positioned as a resource for alumni, faculty, staff and the community at-large.
the Cross-Cultural Center
The Cross-Cultural Center is committed to supporting the needs of UCSD’s campus communities by creating a welcoming and holistic learning environment for everyone. Our vision at the Cross-Cultural Center is to empower UCSD to recognize, challenge, and take proactive approaches to diversity for campus as a whole. As part of the UC San Diego Campus Community Centers, we value differences and building relationships at all levels of the university and experience community and diversity through broad lens.
the LGBT Resource Center
The LGBT Resource Center at UCSD is a diverse, open and public space for all members of the university community to explore issues relating to sexual and gender identities, practices and politics. It develops student leadership, builds workplace equity, promotes academic research, and provides resources. The Center challenges existing definitions of variant genders and sexualities by engaging in community building on- and off-campus. This Center sustains and develops visibility, sense of community, and knowledge of diverse queer people. (Adopted October 7, 2001)
the Women’s Center
The UCSD Women's Center is a space in which people work collaboratively to foster the educational, professional, and personal development of diverse groups of women. The Center provides education and support to all members of UCSD regarding gender issues, with the goal of promoting an inclusive and equitable campus community.
Since opening in 1996, the UCSD Women's Center has served as a safe space and home environment for people of diverse backgrounds offering support, information and resources on gender and family issues.
Annual National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE)
“The NCORE® conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.”
This excerpt was taken from the NCORE website
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
“HACU is committed to Hispanic success in education, from kindergarten through graduate school and into the work force of tomorrow. Everyone has a stake in HACU’s crucial goals: to promote the development of member colleges and universities; to improve access to and the quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and to meet the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.”
This excerpt was taken from the HACU website.
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS)
“The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies is the academic organization that serves academic programs, departments and research centers that focus on issues pertaining to Mexican Americans, Chicana/os, and Latina/os. The Association was formed in 1972, during the height of the Chicana/o movement, calling for the development of a space where scholarship and Chicana/o students could develop their talents in higher education. For more than 30 years, students, faculty, staff, and community members have attended the NACCS annual conference to present their scholarly papers--many of which have spun into important intellectual pillars.”
This excerpt was taken from the NACCS website.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
“SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. The organization serves over 25,000 students and professionals each year with its conference and year-round programs, and thrives on the dedication and support of hundreds of volunteers.”
This excerpt was taken from the SACNAS website.
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
“NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA is comprised of over 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.”
This excerpt was taken from the NASPA website.
- A series of racially motivated events occur at UCSD (most notably “The Compton Cookout”), and lead to a massive student movement, now known as “The Black Winter of 2010”
- BSU makes a list of 38 demands centered on having a more racially inclusive campus; in those demands, a center for African- American students is included.
- Together, B.S.U. and M.E.Ch.A. create a student run center.
- M.E.Ch.A and B.S.U. separate the community spaces and the Raza Resource Centro begins to be run by M.E.Ch.A.
- The Raza Resource Centro is headed by an interim director and the search for a permanent director begins.
- The Raza Resource Centro opens with professional staff and a team of paid interns on April 24th, 2014.
- The strategic planning process begins.
- The Raza Resource Centro is renovated to include murals painted by Jose Olague, the the help of student scholars
- The Raza Resource Centro receives the private library of the late Chicano/Latino Studies and History professor, the Jeff Garcilazo. Dr. Garcilazo was an alumni of UCSD (1981). Dr. Garcilazo was one of the founding members of UCI's labor studies group and an important participant in the development of what is now a Chicano/Latino Studies major.