Although the Department of Chicano Latino Studies does not offer a stand-alone PhD
program, it actively engages in graduate student education, research capacity building,
and professional development through the following five programmatic avenues:
- Through Our Graduate Emphasis. This program awards a certificate to PhD students who wish to complement their disciplinary
course of study with training in Chicano/Latino Studies. Our faculty provide direct
instruction in Chicano/Latino Studies via a required core seminar (ChcLat 200A) and
graduate course offerings, many cross-listed with other departments. The Emphasis
also hosts a professional development workshop series focused on research, writing
and pedagogical skills, as well as events to facilitate community building and discussion
of the unique challenges and needs of Latina/o/x students. In these ways, the Graduate
Emphasis contributes to the recruitment, retention, and success of Latina/o/x/URM
graduate students at UCI.
- Through Disciplinary Advising and Mentorship. Our department faculty serve as advisors, co-advisors, committee members, and readers
for graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs in their disciplines of training.
They serve as a source of scholarly expertise on Latinx communities and topics that
are not always available in PhD students’ “home” departments, thereby diversifying
the kinds of research that doctoral students want to carry out. They also provide
mentorship for Latinx and other URM students who may otherwise not have access to
faculty of similar backgrounds, identities and worldviews among in their disciplinary
faculty. In these ways, they provide essential support to other departments’ graduate
programs and contribute to the retention and success of UCI URM graduate students.
- Through the UC-Cuba Multi-Campus Academic Initiative. Our faculty founded the systemwide “UC Cuba” initiative in 2006 and continue to serve as its Executive Secretary and Co-Director.
Housed in the Department of Chicano Latino Studies, UC Cuba provides systemwide graduate
students in many disciplines with funding and faculty mentorship to advance research
related to Cuba and its diaspora. Our annual graduate student workshop also provides
students with opportunities to share their research, engage in professional development,
form meaningful relationships with Cuba scholars across the UC, and create community
with other emerging scholars in the field. Through these activities, UC Cuba contributes
to the success of a diverse range of graduate students while advancing the research
mission of the entire University of California system.
- Through Community Based, Culturally Competent Medical Education. The Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community was established in order to prepare physician-leaders with the cultural toolkit necessary
to address the specific needs of Latino patients in CA. As part of the UCI Medical
School’s Prime-LC program, the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies yearly offers
seminar-style courses that are designed to help physicians in training to think about
the social determinants of health and to develop culturally competent care when treating
Latino patients. The Department of Chicano Latino Studies thus provides crucial support
for the School of Medicine and medical education at UCI by helping PRIME-LC students
develop an M.A. thesis and by offering community-based, health-related projects.
- Through Major Research Grants and Projects. Our faculty serve as principal investigators on major research grants and projects
that build UCI’s capacity to provide graduate research training. They routinely hire
graduate student researchers to serve on their project teams, providing hands-on training,
funding, and presentation and publication opportunities. Many of these grants uplift
ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, assuring that projects further advance
the retention and success of underrepresented graduate students.