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The Fowler Museum at UCLA, Lenart Auditorium

308 Charles E Young Drive North

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DAY 1 - Seeking Educational Justice: The 1968 Chicana/o Student Walkouts Made History - CONFERENCE

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the East L.A. Walkouts, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) presents two days of programming in collaboration with the Fowler Museum at UCLA. On Saturday, March 10, a speakers’ program will feature Walkouts participants and scholars and conclude with a reception and exhibition tour at the CSRC featuring materials from archival collections. On Sunday, March 11, the 1995 documentary Taking Back the Schools and the 2005 HBO film Walkout! will be screened. Producers Susan Racho and Moctesuma Esparza, respectively, will introduce their films. A Q&A will follow the screenings. Both events are free; RSVP required. Please register for each day you wish to attend.

Speakers' Program*

9:00 am – 9:15 am - Conference Introduction & Welcome


9:15 am – 10:00 am

To Commemorate the Walkouts

Blowout! Sal Castro and the 50th Anniversary of the East Los Angeles Walkouts

Mario T. Garcia, Professor, Chicano Studies and History, UC-Santa Barbara


10:05 am – 10:50 am

The Chicana/o student movement of the 1960s and 1970s

Student Rendezvous’ with Making History

Irene Vásquez, Professor and Chair, American Studies, University of New Mexico

Juan Gomez-Quiñones, Professor Emeritus, History and Chicana/o Studies, UCLA


10:55 am – 11:55 am

Chicanas in the movement

Decolonizing Our History and Nurturing Activist Imaginations: Chicana Activists of the 1968 East L.A. Walkouts

Dolores Delgado Bernal, Professor, Chicana/o Studies and Education, CSU Los Angeles


11:55 am – 12:55 pm

Lunch (food available for purchase in Ackerman Union and Anderson School of Management)


1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

The 1968 Walkouts seen through the eyes of a high school Chicana student

Seeking Educational Justice

Paula Crisostomo


1:45 pm – 2:35 pm

Panel: The Walkouts and Legacy of Sal Castro

Sal Castro: Before and After the Walkouts

Charlotte Lerchenmuller Castro

Chicano Educational Attainment Past the Wallpaper Effect: Sal Castro’s Legacy

Robin Avelar La Salle, PhD

El Maestro, Mr. Sal Castro

Myrna N. Brutti


2:40 pm – 3:15 pm

The Walkouts inititiated a template for educational growth and a discourse of cultural affirmation

Walkout Now!

Harry Gamboa Jr., Artist and Educator, CalArts


3:20 pm – 4:05 pm

The struggle for equity continued: Chicana/o students walkout of school in Arizona

Counterstories of Phoenix Union High School and the 1970 Chicana/o Boycott

Bryant Partida, Doctoral Candidate in Education, UCLA



4:10 pm – 4:55 pm

As a consequence of the Walkouts

Coming Home to Aztlan: Testimonio de 1968

Reynaldo F. Macías, Professor, Chicana/o Studies and Education, UCLA


5:00 pm – 5:30 pm - Closing Summary Session

Lindsay Perez Huber, Associate Professor, Education, CSU Long Beach

Daniel G. Solorzano, Professor, Education, UCLA

David Garcia, Associate Professor, Education, UCLA


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Reception and Exhibition Tour at UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Please join us for refreshments and a tour of The 1968 Walkouts, an exhibition on display in the library and hallways of the Chicano Studies Research Center, 193 Haines Hall. The exhibition draws from the Sal Castro Papers, La Raza, and Chicano Student News collections at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.


*Schedule is subject to change


Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day

This two-day event commemorating the 1968 Walkouts in East Los Angeles is organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. Cosponsored by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Institute of American Cultures, the Division of Social Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.

To register for Day 2: Seeking Educational Justice: The 1968 Chicana/o Student Walkouts Made History -- FILM SCREENINGS, go here.

Image: Chicano Student News, 1968

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