¿Qué Pasa Raza? (Events, Media, Radio)
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY
Our spirited cultural, educational and student-led events demonstrate true orgullo y corazón. The best part? You are always on the guest list!
Celebrate traditions at Noche Cultural, speak your truth at the Poesía Peligrosa open mic night, and run with us at UCR’s Annual César E. Chavéz 5KRun/Walk. Rock out at the Radio Aztlan Music Festival, volunteer for the Chicano/Latino Youth Conference, and celebrate your achievements at our annual Chicano/Latino Graduation Banquet. Our events illuminate our culture, connect us to one another and are also really fun.
Chicano Student Programs Events by season
Chicano/Latino Orientation Week
The annual Chicano/Latino Orientation week provided by the office of Chicano Student Programs serves as a welcome to incoming and returning students. The week-long series provides students with programs and workshops as well as introductions to staff and faculty on campus. Students are introduced to the office of Chicano Student Programs as well as opportunities for involvement and upcoming events. Furthermore, the week provides students with a smooth transition to UCR with our overall message being familia orgullo and corazón.
A part of the Chicano/Latino Orientation, a series of introductions to staff, faculty and resources. The annual Chicano/Latino Bienvenida welcomes you to the UCR familia with a special program that includes refrescos, comida, música and great company. Meet returning students as well as current staff and faculty. Special performances by community and student organizations. You do not want to miss it!
Día de los Muertos Celebration
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration that captures the unity between life and death. It is a spiritual and cultural tradition recognized throughout Latin America and the Southwestern United States.
Every November, Chicano Student Programs and Teatro Quinto Sol co-sponsor a Día de los Muertos celebration. Student organizations, community members, and UCR faculty and staff are encouraged to set up an altar in honor of our antepasados.
For more information, contact CSP.
This poetry, storytelling and spoken word night takes place once a quarter and is hosted by the student organization Teatro Quinto Sol. It features performances from both professional artists and those who participate in the evening’s open-mic format. The event promotes cultural understanding and community unity while providing a unique platform for spoken word. For more information on Poesía Pelgrosa, please contact chair Jorge de lo Santos.
Find details on all upcoming events on our event calendar below.
This annual, one-night performing arts celebration typically takes place in January and features music, dance and spoken word from talented Chicano/Latino artists and groups. These engaging artistic mediums help promote cultural understanding and develop community unity. Audiences are not only entertained, but learn more about our traditions. Local cultural groups also benefit from a performance outlet they might not otherwise have. Key collaboration with other UCR organizations help make this event a success every year.
For information about Noche Cultural, please contact us. Find details on all upcoming events on our event calendar.
Semana de la Mujer
This weeklong program takes place in March (Women’s History Month) and highlights the achievements of Chicana/Latinas. Each of its events pays tribute to the everyday soldaderas who stand up for their beliefs, cultivate cultural traditions, participate as decision makers and continue to shape our future.
Events include film screenings, guest speakers, workshops, conferences, social gatherings and the publication of a literary magazine featuring the work of Chicana/Latina writers.
For information about Semana de la Mujer, please contact us. Find details on all upcoming events on our event calendar.
CSP Networking Potluck
CSP invites you to attend our Annual December Potluck traditionally held the Friday before finals week of the Fall Quarter. The event is hosted at the office located at 145 Costo Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring a special dish to share, but it is not mandatory, we’ll provide the tamales! Don’t miss out on the fun, which includes música, comida and great compañía!
César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk
This exciting annual spring quarter 5K run and walk takes place at UCR and helps further César E. Chávez’ inspirational message of service while raising funds for scholarships that benefit students at UCR. For information about the César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk, please contact us.
Radio Aztlan Music Festival
KUCR's Radio Aztlan and Chicano Student Programs host this exciting music festival each April. The festival provides a platform for many talented regional and underground Chicano/Latino musical artists who deserve more exposure.
Radio Aztlan also presents awards for lifetime achievement at the festival as a way to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to our community.
Learn more about Radio Aztlanand get in touch.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Cinco de Mayo honors the May 5, 1862 Mexican victory at Puebla. Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has become a symbol of our quest for freedom and self-determination. Every year Chicano Student Programs sponsors a Cinco de Mayo celebration, encouraging UCR students, staff, faculty and community members to join us for a day of cultural entertainment honoring this symbolic day.
For information about our Cinco de Mayo Celebration, please contact us. Find details on all upcoming events on our event calendar.
Semana de la Raza
This weeklong program takes place in May and highlights the Chicano/Latino cultura. Each of its events serves to celebrate our heritage, educate ourselves and others about our culture and to discuss issues pertaining to our Raza. Events include film screenings, guest speakers and workshops.
Chicano/Latino Graduation Banquet
This annual banquet, commencement and awards ceremony, known informally as “Raza Grad,” takes place in June and brings together la familia in order to honor the achievements of our graduating Chicano/Latino students. The event features an invocation and processional, a special awards ceremony, a catered dinner and some amazing keynote speakers. Please contact us for more information about our Chicano/Latino Graduation Banquet. Find details on all upcoming events on our event calendar.