El Centro Chicano proudly supports a leadership team consisting of three professional staff members and fourteen student staff. Together, with our affilliated faculty, we make sure the Latino community keeps moving forward.
El Centro History
Since its establishment, El Centro Chicano has been an integral part of countless students' Stanford experience. Stanford's Chicano/Latino community reflects the diversity of a population that is rapidly becoming the second largest in the United States. As a center of activity for this community, El Centro Chicano provides a Home Away from home that fosters student personal success.
Throughout the 1970s, as the Chicano and Latino student population at Stanford University grew, so did the activities and organizations of this community. The need for a cultural center became apparent, and in May of 1977, the Chicano Cultural Center Committee, composed of faculty, staff, and students, proposed that the University “provide MEChA and its offspring organizations with a facility that would accommodate a Cultural and Activities Center.” The University accepted the proposal and allocated funds to renovate the basement of the Nitery, which already housed the Chicano Fellows Program. The center was named “El Centro Chicano de Estanford” at a community meeting and opened its doors to students in late 1978.