The Chicano/a Studies Program at Washington State University: Its Origins and Current Challenges
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The proliferation of Chicano students on college and university campuses was made possible through the passing of non-discriminatory acts toward minority groups in the United States. Passed in the mid-1960s, the Equal Opportunities Act and the Civil Rights Act made higher education more attainable for students of color. It was not until the late 1960s that students began to unite, voice their concerns and question the euro-centric education system. This essay addresses one of the major demands that Chicano Students placed on university officials: to be taught their history, culture, and contributions to American society by Chicano professors. This historical excavation was conducted through the use of archival materials, as well as, oral histories to recreate history of the establishment of the Chicano Studies Program at Washington State University. Also addressed is one of the challenges that this program currently faces due to the lack of resources and support for minority education programs.