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Latinx LGBTQIA+

Queer and Trans Latinx Resources at UCSB

In 2015, UCSB was named a Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI) meaning that 25% of UCSB enrollment identifies as Chicanx/Latinx or Hispanic. UCSB is committed to serving the Latinx/Chicanx student body population. 

If you identify as LGBTQ+ & Latinx the RCSGD is here for you. Here is a list of student orgs, student centers, and services that UCSB provides. These resources are ever-changing. These resources are not exhaustive, so if you see gaps and needs or additional information, please feel free to reach out to rcsgd@sa.ucsb.edu. Thank you. 

ON-CAMPUS RESOURCES  

CHICANX/ LATINX CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER (CLCRC) 

  • The Chicanx/Latinx Cultural Resource Center (CLCRC)  provides a space for the UCSB Latinx community to showcase art, language, people, food and traditions of Chicana/o Latina/o culture. The CLCRC has two spaces on campus—El Centro Arnulfo Casillas (Building 406) and at the first floor of the Student Resource Building (SRB)
  • Visit their website for more info: www.sa.ucsb.edu/EOP/CLCRC

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (EOP)  

  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) serves all students while focusing on low-income and first-generation undergraduates. EOP provides mentorship, social and cultural programming, one-on-one counseling and advising, campus student support service referrals, and academic programs. EOP helps motivate students to enhance their preparation for the job market or graduate school admission. 
  • EOP offices are located on the second floor of the Student Resource Building (SRB) 
  • Visit their website for more info: www.sa.ucsb.edu/EOP
  • Email: eop@sa.ucsb.edu 
  • Contact: (805) 893-4758

EL CENTRO (BLDG 405) 

  • El Centro is a historic place for Latinx students and activists.  In fact, El Centro saw the Chicano movement ignite here at UCSB. El Centro is a warm and welcoming environment that celebrates culture, diversity and community. El Centro is also a hub for student organizations to meet such as SJP, La Familia, El Congresso, La Escualita and more. 

LAS MAESTRAS CENTER  

  • Las Maestras Center’s multi-disciplinary programming blends visual, performance and literary arts to inform an aesthetic and a directed intention in the creative process, which return artists to their home cultures and contemporary communities of common cause.
  • Visit their website for more info: https://www.lasmaestrascenter.ucsb.edu/

ONDAS STUDENT CENTER 

  • ONDAS Student Center at UCSB promotes the success and retention of first-generation college students with an emphasis on the first year transition and underrepresented student experience. We provide mentoring and academic support in a learning-centered space for students to connect with faculty, staff, and peers in order to grow personally and excel academically.
  • Visit their website for more info: https://ondas.ucsb.edu/ 

ON-CAMPUS STUDENT ORGS

LA FAMILIA DE COLORES

  • La Familia de Colores is the only Latinx and LGBTQ organization on campus. The purpose of La Familia De Colores is to provide a social, activist, nurturing, academic, and community space at UCSB and in the community for Queer and Trans individuals who identify as Latinx. 
  • Email: lafamiliadecolores@gmail.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaFamiliaDeColores/

M.U.J.E.R. DE UCSB 

  • M.U.J.E.R.(Mujeres Unidas por Justicia,Educación y Revolución) is a womyn's support group and political action organization that provides support and advocacy for Chicana/Latina womyn and promotes cultural and gender awareness on campus and in the community. 
  • Contact: mujerucsb@gmail.com 
  • Facebook:www.facebook.com/mujerucsb

RADIO XICANA

LOS INGENIEROS

  • Los Ingenieros is dedicated to promote the advancement of UCSB Latinx students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. Los Ingenieros is an organization that offers activities and events such as: Academic Excellence, Professional Development, Leadership and Community Outreach.
  • Visit their website for more info: http://www.ucsblosingenieros.org/
  • Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucsblosingenieros/

LOS CURANDEROS 

  • Los Curanderos is a pre-health organization that aims to diversify healthcare by sharing opportunities and resources to students and people from diverse backgrounds. Los Curanderos is an organization for various pre-health students to meet, network, and create community.
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/loscuranderosucsb
  • Email: loscuranderos@gmail.com

LA ESCUELITA

  • La Escuelita is a community service organization that has been serving the Isla Vista and Goleta community for more than 45 years! The organization's main objective is to enrich the education in the UCSB surrounding community and ultimately motivate them to pursue higher education. 
  • Visit their website for more information: laescuelitaofucsb.webs.com
  • Email: la.escuelita.ucsb@gmail.com

RAICES DE MI TIERRA 

  • Raices de mi Tierra is a ballet folklórico group here at UCSB! Raices goal is to promote and cultivate the study and performance of traditional Mexican dance forms.
  • Email: raicesucsb@gmail.com
  • Facebook: @RaicesDeMiTierraUCSB

LATINO/A BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 

  • The Latino Business Association is a student-run, non-profit organization, they thrive on a variety of activities to complete and fulfill our goals. In doing so, we have built a firm foundation through various careers exposition, leadership conferences, community involvement, guest speakers, and fundraisers. The Latinx Business Association, emphasizes in academic, communal, and corporate networks. 
  • Visit their website for more information: www.ucsblba.org
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/ucsblba

EL CONGRESO  

  • El Congreso is an activist Chicanx/Latinx student organization and a recognized official M.E.C.H.A. chapter here at UCSB. El Congreso de UCSB is comprised of committees of various organizations to address community challenges and other various areas of needs. Through its workshops, programs, and conferences, El Congreso strives to empower, defend, and support the needs of Chicanx/Latinx students and the local community.
  • Contact: elcongresosb@gmail.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/elcongreso.deucsb/

OTHER ON-CAMPUS RESOURCES

UCSB COMUNIDAD LATINX GRADUACIÓN 

  • The Chicanx/Latinx Graduation, also known as CLG, or the UCSB Comunidad Latinx Graduacion is a student-run organization that funds for its own graduation by coordinating fundraisers, finding generous sponsors, and collecting member fees. The UCSB Comunidad Latinx Graduacion is an end of the year celebration for Latinx students and families. 
  • For more information, see eop.sa.ucsb.edu/clg 
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/CLG2020/

CHICANX STUDIES DEPARTMENT

  • The Chicanx Studies Department at UCSB provides a venue for the interdisciplinary and multi-method study of social justice within Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x and Indigenous cultures, communities and experiences.
  • Visit their website for more info: https://www.chicst.ucsb.edu/ 

LATIN AMERICA AND IBERIAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT 

  • The Latin America and Iberian Studies Department at UCSB examines the people and cultures of Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries throughout the world
    UCSB is the only UC campus that offers the Iberian 
  • Visit their website for more info: www.lais.ucsb.edu 

OFF-CAMPUS RESOURCES

LA CAZA DE LA RAZA 

  • La Casa de la Raza is a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering and affirming the Latinx community. La Casa de la Raza offers community and cultural events, youth education and family support. 
  • Visit their website for more information: https://lacasadelaraza.org/ 

CAUSA (CENTRAL COAST ALLIANCE UNITED FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY) 

  • CAUSA or CAUSE is an advocacy organization that focuses on organizing to make sure immigrant rights, housing justice, environmental justice and workers rights are met. 
  • Visit their website for more info: https://causenow.org/ 

AMIGOS 805 

  • Brings cultures together by sharing information to different communities. Amigos 805 works to provides information for and about the vibrant Latino community in the Ventura/Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo Counties region.
  • Visit their website for more information: http://amigos805.com

MICOP (THE MIXTECO/ INDIGENA COMMUNITY ORGANIZING PROJECT)

  • MICOP is a non-profit organization working with indigenous people  organizing for immigrant and indigenous rights in Santa Barbara, Oxnard and Ventura County as well as providing education, training programs and language interpretation, for the community. MICOP offices are located in Oxnard. 
  • Visit their website for more information: http://mixteco.org/ 

TRANS LATINA COALITION 

  • Trans Latina Coalition is a non profit organization of fierce latinx leaders working together to support, empower and advocate for immigrants and latinx folks in LA. Some of the services they provide are leadership development, policy change, and community led campaigns to ensure Latinx voices are heard. They also provide ESL classes, a dop in center with a computer lab, and many grassroots events for the community. 
  • Visit their website for more information: https://www.translatinacoalition.org/

FAMILIA: TQLM (TRANS QUEER LIBERATION MOVEMENT) 

  • Familia: TQLM works at the local and also national level to ensure the collective liberation of Trans, Queer, and Gender Nonconforming Latinxs through community building, organizing, advocacy, and education.
  • Some of the resources that Familia: TQLM offers is Jotas vs ICE leadership circle to stategize, mobilize and capamig for the liberation of Undocumented Trans women in detenion centers and the immigration rights movement. They also offer a Healing and Liberation circle for folks who have survived incarceration/detention and forced migration. 
  • Visit their website for more information: https://familiatqlm.org/

LATINO EQUALITY ALLIANCE (MI CENTRO)

  • Latino Equality Alliance is a non profit organization located in Boyle Heights, in East LA. Latino Equality Alliance has a drop in center called MI CENTRO in partnership with the LA LGBT Center. Latino Equality Alliance  (LEA)  advocates for equity, safety, and wellness for the Latinx and LGBTQ+ Community. LEA focuses on community building, education and advocacy through events, and support groups in both English and Spanish, including a support group for Latinx parents PFLAG in Spanish.Visit their
  • website for more information: http://www.latinoequalityalliance.org/