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Message from the Chair

Welcome to Chicana/o Studies 

Here you will find the latest information on departmental initiatives, news, programs, upcoming events and course schedules. We take great pride in being the only University program in the state of Colorado that offers major and minor degrees in Chicana/o Studies. The department has been in existence for over two decades. Our graduates have gone on to some of the nation’s most prestigious graduate schools. In addition, many of them work in the public and private sectors as administrators, educators, and community activists.

Our department welcomes all students with this promise. We are committed to providing you with a clear path regarding your graduation, academic advising, career planning, avenues to graduate school, as well as a culturally relevant education that reflects the Latina/o experience.

~ Dr. Ramon Del Castillo, Department Chair


Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival

Join us on April 4 in St. Cajetan's from 8:30am - 2:30pm for the 11th annual Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival. Our featured poets include Demeteria Martinez, and Matt Sedillo.

Demeteria MartinezWriter, poet and immigrant rights activist Demetria Martinez was born and raised in Albuquerque. She earned a BA at Princeton University. Martinez’s poems engage spiritual and political themes and the possibility for transformation. Matt Sedillo was born in El Sereno, California in 1981, and writes from the vantage point of a second generation Chicano born in an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy. His writing - a fearless, challenging and at times even confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory - is a reflection of those realities. 

Please contact Christina Sigala with any questions.

Spotlight: Bobby LeFebre

MSU Denver '04 graduate Bobby LeFebre shares how the Department of Chicana/o Studies helped to create the person he is today. 

As an award-winning grassroots performer, the city of Denver and Metropolitan State University are proud to be the home of his success as a poet, actor, activist, cultural worker, and playwright. 

Check out Bobby's story, and how you can run your own road.

Chicana/o Studies Events

Chicana/o Studies supports a number of events throughout the year, from poetry festivals to leadership summits to Latin American holidays and traditions. Each of these events are aimed at complimenting your coursework and your overall education, and we invite you to not only attend, but to become involved!

For more information, check out our Events page, and feel free to call our office to find out more information or how to join in the planning process.

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Campus Location:
Rectory Building
1156 9th Street
Denver, CO 80217

Mailing Address:
Campus Box 41
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362