Chicano studies

Double Majors: Find Your Own Way

Like many animal biology majors, Jordan Lara chose UC Davis because he wanted to become a veterinarian. But a class in Chicano studies led him down a new and unexpected path.

From Humble Beginnings to MacArthur Genius

May 02, 2017
José Quiñonez, B.A., Chicano/a Studies, ’94

José Quiñonez’s story starts in rural Mexico in 1971. The fifth of six siblings, Quiñonez lost both his father and mother by the age of nine—his father to violence, his mother to the ravages of poverty. Left with no family in Mexico, he and his siblings entered the United States on the Fourth of July, undocumented and facing an uncertain future.

From Humble Beginnings to MacArthur Genius

January 15, 2017
José Quiñonez’s story starts in rural Mexico in 1971. Fast-forward to fall 2016: Quiñonez (B.A., Chicano/a Studies, ’94) is awarded a 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant for his innovative work in poverty alleviation.

Where Art-Making Provides Vision of the Future

March 13, 2016
TANA, part of the Chicana/o studies department, was founded in 2009 by Professor Emeritus Malaquias Montoya (Maceo’s father) and Carlos Jackson, now Chicana/o studies department chair. Each quarter four UC Davis students serve as interns at Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (Art Workshop of the New Dawn).

2007 - Alvaro Reynoso

July 15, 1991

Alvaro Reynoso (B.A., sociology and Chicano studies, ’07) joined the Woodland police force in June as a patrol officer. After graduating from UC Davis, he earned a master’s degree in marriage, family and child therapy from Sacramento State, then worked 11 years as a Yolo County probation officer. A longtime volunteer, he tutored migrant farmworkers’ children while attending UC Davis. As a probation officer, he taught parenting classes to people whose children were on probation.