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ERIC Number: ED404065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-21
Pages: 27
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Chicano Studies at Metro State College of Denver: Suggestions for Proactive Strategies.
Baca, Vincent Z. C. de
This paper overviews the development and present status of the Chicano Studies Department at Metro State College of Denver (MSCD). At its inception during the 1960s, Chicano Studies were viewed as a means of destroying the racist and imperialist mentality toward Chicanos and promoting Chicano power and freedom. Chicano activists' efforts to end educational discrimination and an increasing Chicano student population prompted MSCD to establish a Chicano Studies Department in 1971. During the late 1970s, the influence of the Chicano movement diminished as activists were targeted by government and conservatives. Soon thereafter, the department was reduced to the status of a program with a major and was housed with African American Studies under a newly created Institute of Intercultural Studies. After 1987, more Chicano faculty were hired to staff the increasing number of Chicano courses being taught, and after pressure from faculty and students, the Chicano Studies Department was reestablished in August 1995. However, the department continues to experience resistance from conservative professors, administrators, news reporters, politicians, and the White community, as well as resistance within the Chicano community. Contains 30 endnotes. (LP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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