Make a gift to the Chicanx Latinx Student Development Center now!
The Chicana Latino Student Development Center is a space conceptualized and created by Chicanx and Latinx students, staff/faculty and community members in the late 1980’s. Our doors open in 1991, and our mission is three fold:
- Advocate for the retention and graduation of Chicanx and Latinx students
- Engage and empower students to become scholars, leaders and professionals
- Create community among and between other Chicanx Latinx spaces on and off campus
More information about CLSD can be found at: ejce.berkeley.edu/clsdChicanx Latinx Student Development - General Fund
The CLSD fund directly supports students on the Berkeley campus. Gifts to the fund provide the Chicanx Latinx office flexibility to advance our mission and priorities, particularly the programs outlined below. Your gift to the general fund will be directed to the area of greatest need.The Reynaldo Sanchez Fund
Rey was a long-time resident of Castro Valley who was born and raised in Montebello, CA. He attended UC Berkeley and Cal State East Bay and shared his love of mathematics with the students he tutored in the community, free of charge, for over a decade. He volunteered in the community in a myriad of ways, most notably with Castro Valley Girls’ Softball League where he was a regular coach, umpire and board member for over 20 years. He died in 2015. The Reynaldo Santiago Sanchez Emergency Fund was established in 2015 by his widow, children, other family members and friends as an educational fund for low income students in memory of Reynaldo Santiago Sanchez.The César E. Chávez Community Service scholarships
Scholarships were conceptualized to honor Cesar E. Chavez who dedicated his life to labor issues and become a national leader. This scholarship was created to recognize and honor Chicanx Latinx student leaders who are actively engaged in campus leadership and community service. The scholarship highlights the balancing act between school work and leadership positions on and off campus; it also provides an opportunity to give back to their communities from a social justice perspective. The scholarships are recognized and given out at the Chicano Latino Alumni Association Annual Scholarship brunch/lunch. Every donation contributes towards providing students with a stipend per semester.Other Giving Options
In addition to the funds listed above, you may also request to direct your gift to a specific area or program within CLSD. Please click on the links below to specify that you would like your gift directed to an individual program.Individual giving opportunities are available in the following programs:
Casa Magdalena Mora
Casa Magdalena Mora, a residential program for 40 Chicanx Latinx students, assists with transition to CAL by providing a familia and creating a comunidad of support to ensure the success of students as scholars and future leaders. Together with the Mora family and other campus partners this initiative focuses on Chicanx Latinx students completing their freshmen year who have an interest in leadership. A gift will help with academic support groups such as STEM and programmatic costs such seminars and retreats.
Entre Familia was established to assist undocumented students who are struggling financially at CAL. The fund, started by individual donors to help one student at a time, is now supported by several donors and entire families. Priority is given to undocumented students who don’t qualify for any AB540 or DACA funds. A gift will help pay for campus tuition fees and other financial need gap for these students.
Chicanx Latinx Graduation
For more than 40 years this annual bilingual/bicultural commencement celebration recognizes graduating PhD, Master, JDs, undergraduates and their families at the Greek Theatre. This graduation is unique in that it has the graduate includes two significant others when he/she walks across stage and includes keynote speakers and performances highlighting the recognition celebration. A gift will help pay for the graduation costs such as key note speakers, student gifts and performers that are part of the celebration.
The Marco Antonio Firebaugh Research & Writing program
A program designed to specifically provide research experience and writing opportunities to undocumented/AB540 students but open to all students who are also interested in indigenous studies and are planning to attend graduate schools/professional schools. A gift will help with providing research opportunities, conference attendance, academic and professional development.
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Chicano Latino Student Development and the Chicano Latino Alumni Association are collaborating with campus partners to establish a residential program for 15-30 first-year engineering students. This cohort will consist of summer session, year-round academic support, workshops and conference attendance for students interested in STEM fields. A gift will help provide student academic advising, summer workshop and mentorship opportunities.
Casa Sin Fronteras
Casa Sin Fronteras (previously the Dream House) was established in 2010 by Chicanx Latinx undocumented students to help them find affordable housing and sharing food as collective house. The house works towards creating a community of support to help them complete their degrees and continue with graduate and professional school. A gift for Casa Sin Fronteras would assist with meeting housing costs, collective dinners and academic and programmatic support.
La Cultura Cura
A fund that ensures various educational and cultural activities/events are promoted to maintain cultural traditions by using art, dance, music and diverse activities that celebrate, educate, inspire and create community among all Chicanx Latinx students, staff and faculty across the campus. They include Familia Orientation, Fiestas Patrias, Dia de los Muertos, La Gran Tamalada, Dia de la Amistad, Dia de los Niñxs, Latina Recognition Luncheon, and the César E. Chávez & Dolores Huerta Community Service Day. A gift will ensure these celebrations continue to bring all Chicanxs Latinxs on campus and our community partners together.