Chicano Studies Department co-sponsored events

Fall 2013-Spring 2014

1. “Everything Comes From The Streets” A Documentary on the Origins and History of Lowriding in San Diego

Monday, October 28, 2013

Room: H-117/118 at 11:10AM-12:35PM

Chicano Park Mural Documentation Project: 2013

2.  The San Diego Mesa College Chicana and Chicano Studies Department is proud to present:

The Third Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series at San Diego Mesa College & Unveiling/Dedication of the Gracia Molina de Pick Glass Gallery

Featured Guest Speakers: Linda and Carlos LeGerrette

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Time: 11AM-12:35PM at the Rotunda area of G-Building

The San Diego Mesa College Chicana and Chicano Studies Department is proud to present:

The Third Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series at San Diego Mesa College

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Time: 11AM-12:35PM

G-Building Rotunda

The Mesa College Chicana/o Studies Department was founded in 1970, largely through the efforts and dedication of Gracia Molina de Pick, who taught there in the 1960s and '70s.  In March 2013, Gracia gifted $80,000 to Mesa College to create the Gracia Molina de Pick Endowment Fund in support of furthering the college’s Chicana/o Studies Department.  The endowment supports an annual lecture series, the expansion of programs, and student scholarships.  Mesa College will unveil the Gracia Molina de Pick Glass Gallery, which will honor and celebrate Gracia’s legacy – to Mesa College, San Diego and beyond – for generations to come.

As idealistic Mesa College students in the ‘60s, Linda and Carlos LeGerrette’s life work and future path were influenced by activist Cesar Chavez and the teachings of Mesa College Prof. Gracia Molina de Pick.  Individually and as a couple, the two have worked their entire lives to promote education and service to others.  Inspired to engage the next generations in civic participation, in 2001, the LeGerrettes established the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, founded on values Chavez promoted with a focus on community service.  Today, there are 21 services clubs with 400 members in grades K-12 throughout San Diego public schools. (See more at

Annual Fall Semester "Meet and Greet"
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in H-117/118 from 11AM-2PM
(Organized by the Chicano Studies Department and the Black Studies Department)

Installation of the M.E.Ch.A Mural 1978 reproduction
September 2011 on Study Lounge wall, 3rd Floor of the LRC
(Organized by the Chicano Studies Department and the Art Department)

Dia de los Muertos display
October to December 2011 in the window display outside G-103
(Organized by faculty and students from the Chicano Studies Department, the Art Department, the Languages Department and the Counseling Department)

2nd Annual Community Event: PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE Film Screening with Special Guests
Friday, October 14, 2011 at Black Box Theater, Lincoln High School from 2:45PM-6PM
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at San Diego State University, Arts &Letters 201 from 4PM-7PM
(Organized by The San Diego County Ethnic Studies Consortium)

The 2nd Binational Conference on Border Issues
Thursday, December 1, 2012 at San Diego City College from 9AM-3PM
(Organized by the Chicano Studies Department at City College)

Centro Cultural de la Raza: 40 Years in the community
Mesa College photo and art educational display
Spring 2011-Spring 2012 inside the window display outside G-103
(Organized by the Chicano Studies Department and the Art Department)

Chicano Latino Heritage Celebration committee

The Chicano/Latino Heritage Committee is proud to continue its annual celebration of Chicana/o and Latina/o history and culture by presenting a series of events that offers the Mesa College community with a better understanding of Chicana/o culture and its relation/impact to U.S. culture. This committee is made up of faculty and staff from the Chicano Studies Department and across the Mesa College campus. Chicano Studies Associate Professor Manuel Vélez chairs the committee. Members of the committee include: Pedro Olvera (EOPS), Guadalupe Gonzalez (Counseling), Cynthia Rico Bravo (Counseling), Alessandra Moctezuma (Art), Cesar Lopez (Chicano Studies), Manuel Velez (Chicano Studies), Christie Allred (English), Nellie Dougherty (EOPS), Mike Ornelas (Chicano Studies), Guillermo Marrujo (Counseling). This year the celebration will present a diverse offering of presentations ranging from musicians to social activists.

Listing of the Events

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

The San Diego Mesa College Chicana and Chicano Studies Department is proud to present:
The Second Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series at San Diego Mesa College "Panel discussion on the Chicana activism in San Diego honoring Tommie Camarillo"

Date: Monday, March 11, 2013
Time: 9:30AM-11AM
Room: H-117/118

Moderator: Victoria Chavez, M.A., Adjunct Professor San Diego Mesa College, Chicana and Chicano Studies Department

Panel Guests:

  • Tommie Camarillo, Community Activist and member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee
  • Dionne Espinoza, Ph.D., Professor CSULA, Departments of Chicano Studies & Liberal Studies, Programs in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Ginna Rodriguez, Staff Member, Councilmember David Alvarez, Council District 8, City of San Diego and former member of the University of San Diego Chicano Park Mural Documentation Project: 2013
  • Patricia Aguayo, Chicana Artist and San Diego Community Member

This event is being co-sponsored by the San Diego Mesa College Humanities Institute.

Chicano Latino Heritage Celebration Events 2012-2013

A Morning With Herbert Siguenza: Actor, Artist, founding member of Culture Clash
Presented by The Chicano/Latino Heritage Committee
November 1st, 11AM, H117-118

Gloria Elizabeth Chacón, Ph.D.: "Mayan Women and Poetry"
October 16, 11:10AM-12:35PM, H-117/118

Spring 2012

Guest Speaker in honor of International Women's Day: Sylvia Mendez (daughter of the plaintiff named in the lawsuit) from Mendez v. Westminster 1947 CA Supreme Court case. Sylvia was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, on February 15, 2011. In education, it was common practice to have separate schools for African Americans or Mexican Americans and Anglos. The Mendez v. Westminster School District case (1947) was a monumental step forward to end segregation of Mexican American school children in California. For more information:

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11AM-12:45PM
Room: H-117/118
Campus Attendance: 90 students (including faculty and staff)

Annual César E. Chávez Celebration
Every year the Chicano Studies Department has helped to organize campus events and campus community participation in local San Diego events commemorating the life and work of César E. Chávez.
Date: March 2012 (Date TBA)
Room: H-117/118 and campus center
Campus Attendance: 90 students plus (including faculty and staff)

Cinco de Mayo event: Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez
Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez was born to Mexican immigrant parents in the desert town of Blythe, California. He grew up nourished by the Mexican corridors (ballads) his mother sang to him while she strummed her guitar. As a teen he joined the farm worker struggle and walked picket lines for Cesar Chavez and his United Farm Workers Union. In 1969 he was recruited along with other farm worker youths to attend San Diego State University. There he would develop his talents as a musician and culture worker. For the next 35 years Chunky Sanchez would become the unofficial bard of San Diego's Chicano community. He and his band, Los Alacranes (Scorpions), shunned mainline commercial venues, opting instead to perform at street fairs, rallies, fundraisers and family celebrations. Sanchez has written songs about social struggles such as Rising Souls ("You gotta educate, not incarcerate.") Chicano Park, and humorous pieces such as "Chorizo Sandwich." Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez is also an elder in his community and an expert on gang prevention and community organization. Chunky's first original Latino hit "Chicano Park Samba" was a musical tribute to the famous Logan Heights Community Park takeover on April 22, 1970.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11AM-1PM
Room: H-117/118 or Free Speech Stage

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 12PM-1PM
Room: Free Speech Stage

Vendors for Cinco de Mayo events
The CLHC committee will be inviting a group of vendors and will coordinate their presence at the center of campus for two days.
Date: May 2-3, 2012
Location: center of campus
This will be a fundraising opportunity for the CLHC committee to help support committee sponsored and co-sponsored events for the campus.

Remembering Elizabeth "Bette" Beattie Gonzalez
(June 21, 1927 - January 9, 2012)

Elizabeth "Bette" Beattie Gonzalez passed away peacefully on January 9 with her devoted husband of 42 years, Cesar A. Gonzalez, by her side. She was born on June 21, 1927, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Raymond Beattie and Julia Kehaly. Through her mother's family, her ancestry can be traced back to the Doty family who arrived on the Mayflower at Plymouth in 1620. She spent her early life in Dinuba, California, and attended college in Utah and Indiana. She taught elementary grades in many Catholic schools in Los Angeles before marrying Cesar and moving to San Diego. Teaching, tutoring, and encouraging others in their educational studies centered her life's work. She loved her husband, her family and her country. She loved to travel and especially enjoyed taking cruise trips to Hawaii and Alaska. Accompanying her husband on a sabbatical to Peru proved to be a challenge, but as always she stood by him all the way, flying over the Nazca Lines in a rickety jalopy of a three-seater airplane. She is survived by her husband, brother, Raymond Beattie, and sister, Donna Maria Wilson, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am with a Rosary at 10:30 am at St Therese Church, 6016 Camino Rico, San Diego 92120 (619-582-3716), followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. Therese Parish.

Fall 2011

Documentary film screening of "Sin País" (23 min) and discussion led by Jaime L. Del Razo (Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA) on topics that include immigration, education, and AB 540.
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 9:30AM-11AM
Room: H-117/118
Campus Attendance: 90 students (including faculty and staff). This event had a full room that included students from various classes and campus community. Mr. Del Razo introduced the film and after the screening, led a lively discussion about key themes explored by the film including current immigration policies are they relate to undocumented students, AB 540 laws, and K-12 and higher education access for all students.

Jaime L. Del Razo is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA's Graduate School of Education &Information Studies in the Urban Schooling Division. His research interests include college matriculation of undocumented students, critical pedagogy, and Chicano/Latino academic issues. He is co-founder and a coordinator for College Is For Everyone (CIFE), an organization that provides college information and support for undocumented students in Compton, California. He also is a member of the board of directors for C.O.R.E. (Chicano Organizing &Research in Education), a non-partisan, research and advocacy organization that aims to improve the educational environment of all Chicano/Latino students.

Prior to attending graduate school, Jaime served as Director of UC Irvine's Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Schools program where he helped educationally disadvantaged students attend college. He has also worked as a high school math teacher at Dominguez High School in Compton, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from Pasadena City College. During his time in college, he was active in the college recruitment of Chicano/Latino students and in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A). Born in East Los Angeles, Jaime was raised in neighboring Boyle Heights and graduated from Montebello High School. He served in the US Army prior to attending college and is a Gulf War veteran.

Guest Speaker: poet Olga García Echeverría
Date: Monday, October 24, 2011 at 9:30AM-11:00AM
Room: H-117/118
Campus Attendance: 90 students (including faculty and staff). This event had a full room that included students from various classes and campus community.

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, California, Olga García Echeverría has shared her cucaracha-obsessed-Spanglish poesía with audiences throughout the Southwest, in Nueva York, Minneapolis, North Carolina, Mexico City, Cuba, and France. Her book Falling Angels: Cuentos y Poemas was published by Calaca Press and Chibcha Press in 2008. Her poems have also appeared in several anthologies, among them Lavandería: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Words (City Works Press 2009) and Telling Tongues: A Latin@ Anthology on Language (Calaca Press and Red Salmon Press 2007). Inspired by los cartoneros of Latin America, Olga's latest creative endeavor, Lovely Little Creatures, is a self-published chapbook made of recycled cardboard.

Campus presentation about The Chicana Chicano Studies Archive Project at San Diego State University led by Dr. Richard Griswold del Castillo and Professor Rita Sanchez.
Date: Tuesday, October 25 at 9:30AM-11AM
Room: H-117/118
Campus Attendance: 90 students (including faculty and staff).

Professors Griswold Del Castillo and Sanchez explained the history of the project and discussed the long-term implications of creating an archive focused on Chicana/o history and culture in San Diego. The presentation demonstrated examples from the collection, how the online version of the collection is accessible to the public, and led a discussion on the role of the Chicana/o community in the history of the San Diego region. Blog for more information:

Emmy-nominated filmmaker John J. Valadez presented his film "The Longoria Affair".
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 2:30PM and 6:30PM (two campus screenings)
Room: H-117/118
Campus Attendance: 90 students (including faculty and staff). We had two screenings with discussions by the filmmaker Valadez for each one.

THE LONGORIA AFFAIR tells the story of a key injustice - the refusal, by a small-town funeral home in Texas after World War II, to care for a dead Mexican American soldier's body "because the whites wouldn't like it" - and shows how the incident sparked outrage nationwide. Two stubborn and savvy leaders, newly elected Senator Lyndon Johnson and veteran/activist Dr. Hector Garcia, formed an alliance over the incident. Over the next 15 years, their complex, sometimes contentious relationship would help Latinos become a national political force for the first time in American History, carry John Kennedy to the White House, and ultimately lead to Johnson's signature on the most important civil rights legislation of the 20th century. FILM WEBSITE:

Guest Speaker: Victor Ochoa, Chicano Artist
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 6:30PM-9PM
Room: Off-Campus at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park
Campus Attendance: 35 students (including faculty and staff). Victor gave a lecture that included: an introduction to Chicano Art, an over-view of Chicano Art production by the Centro Cultural de la Raza, and a brief history of Chicano Park. Students participated in a discussion of the artwork and in learning about the Centro's 40-year history in San Diego.

Fall 2010

"Honoring Our Communities, Building Our Futures"
Friday & Saturday, October 1-2, 2010

SPECIAL GUESTS: Auggie Romero, Director of Student Equity, Tucson Unified School District Sean Arce, Director of Mexican-American Studies, Tucson Unified School District


Sparked by the recent passage of Arizona's House Bill (HB) 2281, which eliminates Ethnic Studies courses at secondary level educational institutions, the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium (SDESC) invites you to attend its first annual conference on Ethnic Studies. We seek to unite faculty, students, staff, and community members throughout San Diego County in order to reflect upon the recent attacks on the Raza Studies Department in the Tucson Unified School District and its impact upon our disciplines at large. This conference examines the state of Ethnic Studies on our campuses and celebrates how our important work continues to transform all social, political, economic and community landscapes around the world.


The two-day conference features keynote presentations, a teach-in, press conference, workshops, and performances from faculty, students, and community members. Invited guests Auggie Romero and Sean Arce from the Tucson Unified School District will offer a special presentation on Saturday 10/2 at 9:00 am. This weekend event kicks off national Ethnic Studies Week which runs October 1-7, 2010. For more information, please email The Chicana/o Studies Department and the Black Studies Department at San Diego Mesa College are organizing the conference in partnership with the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium (SDESC).

About the San Diego Ethnic Studies Consortium (SDESC) SDESC is a collaborative of faculty, staff, students, and community members committed to the study of race, ethnicity, and social justice. We represent autonomous academic disciplines and intellectual traditions, including American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black/African American/Africana Studies, Chican@/Latin@ Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Viewing ourselves as distinct and interconnected, we are dedicated to the promotion and advancement of our disciplines through scholarship, teaching, institutional and community engagement, advocacy, and collaboration. Current members of the SDESC include faculty, staff, and students from San Diego Mesa College, City College, Palomar College, San Diego State University, CSU San Marcos, University of San Diego, & UC San Diego.

Spring 2010

February 18, 2010
Herman Baca (Guest Speaker)
The Chicano Movement in San Diego: A lecture and video presentation by San Diego Activist and founder of the Committee on Chicano Rights 11:00 AM-12:35PM San Diego Mesa College, room H117-H118

Monday, March 1, 2010
Soldados: Chicanos in Vietnam (New Works on the Chicano Vietnam Experience) Charley Trujillo (Guest Speaker), Author and Filmmaker
6:30PM - 9:30PM
San Diego Mesa College, room H-117-118

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tino Villanueva (Guest Speaker), Chicano Poet and Author
San Diego Mesa College, room H-117/118

Thursday, March 18, 2010 Prof. Michael Ornelas (Chicano Studies Department), Film Screening and Presentation
San Diego Latino Film Festival
Hazard Center Cinemas
7510 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108-4521
Sons of Guadalupe and Their Journey Home

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Event Flyer
Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez (Chicano Park activist and San Diego Chicano movement icon) "Chicano Music and the Farmworker Movement" Chunky will perform and talk about his personal experiences in connection to the Chicano Movement in San Diego 11:10AM-12:35PM
San Diego Mesa College, room H-117/118

Fall 2009

Meet and Greet Fall 2009

The goal of this meet and greet is to welcome new and returning students and to inform students about classes in Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies at Mesa College.

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm in room H-117/118
Sponsored by the Chicana/o Studies Department and the Black Studies Department

Judith F. Baca Art Gallery Exhibit Fall 2009

This exhibit was co-sponsored by the Chicana/o Studies Department, the Chicano/Latino Heritage Celebration committee and the Art Gallery.

Speaker Mark Guerrero


Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 9:30am-11am in LRC 435

Coordinated by the Chicana/o Studies Department and the Chicano/Latino Heritage Celebration committee

Spring 2009

Cesar Chavez Events

Cesar E. Chavez March/Parade - March 28

Cesar Chavez Event - March 17

Chicano Park Presentation - March 17

Fall 2008

Meet and Greet Fall 2008

The goal of this meet and greet is to welcome new and returning students and to inform students about classes in Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies at Mesa College.

Date: September 4, 2008

Time: 12:45pm-2pm

Location: G-101

Sponsored by the Chicana/o Studies Department
and the Black Studies Department

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Spring 2008

Cinco de Mayo 2008

Barrio Baroque
Rats, Rants, and Other Turf Wars of the Naked Tongue

Mesa Women History Month program

Featuring a presentation on "Chicanas In the Arts" from the new book Chicano San Diego (Ed. Richard Griswold). See

Panel Discussion by: Prof. Rita Sanchez, Gracia Molina de Pick (founder of Chicano Studies Dept at Mesa College), Olivia Puentes-Reynolds and Prof. Alessandra Moctezuma.
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 12:30pm
Location: LRC 435

Cesar E. Chavez Celebration

Mesa College Celebrates the Life and Spirit of Cesar Chavez with many Campus and Community Events planned March 13- April 2. Details and additional details

Remembering Professor Dr. René Nuñez


Dr. Nuñez's role in proposing curricula and in giving impetus to the Chicano education movement resulted in his being hired in 1969 as one of the first educators in what today is San Diego State University's Department of Chicano and Chicana Studies. Dr. Nuñez, who retired a few years ago due to failing health, died June 30 at his mother-in-law's home in San Diego. He was 70. A celebration of life is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26, 2006 at Chicano Park. Dr. Nuñez's family is establishing an education fund for his youngest son.

By Cesar A. Gonzalez-T.,
Prof. Emeritus San Diego Mesa College

I vividly recall René Nuñez as a major and respected voice in Los Angeles responding to and following-up on the student blowouts of March 1968. On April 4--the day of the assassination of Martin Luther King--I'd returned to East LA from Mexico, D.F.--right before the massacre of students and community at Nonoalco-Tlaltelolco--where I'd been working at a community development project.

René was an active member of the Educational Issues Coordinating Committee (EICC) founded and chaired by Rev. Vahac Mardirosian. The EICC was at the center of the community working for educational reform in the city after the blowouts, and a part of the community response to the arrest of the LA Thirteen, which included Sal Castro. René was a major voice in the EICC; and, as far as I can recall, he was also a founding member of the Mexican American Advisory Committee to the LA Board of Education that grew out of the EICC. His was consistently an assertive, thoughtful, and courageous voice.

I began teaching at Mesa College on Sept. 1970, at the beginning of the Chicano Studies Department established by Gracia Molina de Pick. This was days after the police riots at the Chicano Moratorium in East LA on August 29, resulting in the murder of Ruben Salazar. It must be noted and remembered that in that 1970-71, it was René who first suggested the idea of a Community College Consortium proposal to the feds to recruit, retain, tutor Chicana/o students. This was a precursor of EOPS. As Gus Chavez will recall, we asked for $700, 000.00 and received $250,000.00 the first year.

The first major planning meeting was called by René, for Sunday, January 17 of 1971. Bette and I remember it well because it was my birthday, and we celebrated with a bowl of menudo standing up outside a little street take-out place near St. Rita's Church off Imperial Ave., before going to the meeting. It was held at the home of Paul Jacques' sister, Evelyn, then a student at Southwestern, and of Evelyn's husband Dale Bartmas. They are parents of Adela Jacobson, formerly Director of EOPS, now Dean of Students Affairs Mesa college. René cleared a wall, got blank sheets of white paper, and some scotch tape. Then he began to putting up single sheets of paper with ideas as we identified them in our first brain-storming session. We would go on to organize and structure a proposal for the feds. As I recall, we were told that ours and a proposal from Puerto Rico were the only two presented that year that involved a consortium structure.

During these days, Paul Jacques, tells us, he was the founder of Chicano Studies at Palomar, representing that college for the Consortium; later, in 1972, he would be hired at Grossmont as the director of Multi-Cultural Studies, proposed by his sister, Evelyn, and other MEChA students, with him acting as their advisor. Evelyn, then a student, represented Southwestern. Gil Robledo--who would later run for mayor of San Diego, then teach at Sta. Barbara CC--stood for City College. I stood for Mesa College, and was the first Chairperson of the Community College Consortium. I can't recall who represented Grossmont. The final proposal was signed at Bette's and my apartment off of Cowles Mountain Road, with René and Gus in attendance.

René is established as, and will be remembered as a major historical advocate for Chicano/a community and scholarship. May he rest in peace.