Make a gift to the Chicanx Latinx Student Development Center now!
The Chicanx Latinx 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 opened in 1991, and our mission is three-fold:
- Advocate and support 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/clsdIndividual giving opportunities are available in the following programs: Chicanx Latinx Student Development - General Fund
The CLSD fund directly supports students on the Berkeley campus. Gifts to the fund provide the Chicanx Latinx center 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 and in memory of Reynaldo Santiago Sanchez his widow, children and other family members and friends established the emergency fund. The fund has been set up to help low-income students facing financial crises.The César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Community Service Scholarships Fund
Scholarships were conceptualized to honor Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta who dedicated their lives to labor and environmental issues and become national leaders. 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. Every donation contributes towards providing student stipends.Casa Magdalena Mora Endowment Fund
Casa Magdalena Mora, a residential theme program at UC Berkeley, 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 Casa Magdalena Mora creates opportunities for students to build community, and explore history, politics, culture, identity and other issues impacting the Chicanx Latinx communities. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Casa Magdalena Mora, UC Berkeley alumni have joined together to create the Magdalena Mora Legacy endowment fund to support the program in perpetuity.Other Areas of Support
Gifts to CLSD help support the following programs:
Casa Magdalena Mora Programming
Gifts designated to Casa programming will support the residential theme program generally, to include outreach activities that develop leadership skills, foster academic success, and promote linguistic and cultural vitality. Casa Magdalena Mora, a residential theme program at UC Berkeley, 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.
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 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. Held annually at the Greek Theatre, this graduation is unique in that the graduate includes two significant others when he/she walks across stage and performances as well as keynote speakers highlight the recognition celebration. A gift will help pay for the graduation costs such as speaker fees, 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 and AB540 students but open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are also interested in indigenous and undocumented studies and are planning to attend graduate schools/professional schools. A gift will help with providing research opportunities, conference attendance, academic and professional development.
Latin@s in Engineering, Mathematics & Applied Science (LEMAS)
Chicanx Latinx Student Development Center and the Residential and Student Services Program are collaborating to establish a residential program for first-year STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) students. This cohort will consist of summer session, year-round academic support, workshops and conference attendance for students interested in STEAM 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 a 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 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 educational celebrations continue to bring all Chicanxs Latinxs on campus and our community partners together.