Chicana/o Studies Program and Discipline

 Mission Statement

EPCC Chicana(o) Studies

The El Paso Community College Chicana/o Studies Program aims to promote critical understanding of the history, politics and culture of Chicana/o of the United States. The Chicana/o Studies major provides a solid foundation for students interested in a variety of careers--such as education, law, social welfare, the arts, public administration, and/or business. It encourages and advances the discourse of Chicana/o expression and thought as it intersects with a diversity of cultures in contemporary society. The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach and promotes cultural affirmation, social justice, and community leadership and service.


 A Message from the District-Wide Coordinator

In the fall of 2004 a body of dedicated faculty, administration and staff endeavored to create a much necessary academic program—the Chicana/o Studies Program, which offers an Associate of Arts degree and the Field of Study. The founding members’ initial goal was to create a program that enriched its students and community and was representative of an institution whose student population is comprised of over 80% “South-of-the-U.S.-Border-Descent.” This is the first program of its type in the history of El Paso Community College.


 The original founding committee members:

Richard Baquera, MA

Gloria Estrada, MA

Jacqueline Mitchell, MFA

Claude Mathis, MA

Ruth Peña, MA

Lucia Rodriguez, MPA

Mauricio Rodríguez, MFA

Manuel Velez, MFA


Students demanded a curriculum that addressed their specific needs and concerns within academia and the community in which they live. It was this drive that led the founding members to push for the program’s implementation and to foster its growth. The efforts of the Chicana/o Studies Committee have produced a growing course offering each semester, hosted the “Las Pláticas” Lecture Series, maintained a transferability agreement with UTEP’s Chicano Studies Program, and continues to bring innovative and far reaching ideas to the program and the college. It is with great pride that I serve as District-Wide Coordinator for the program, the students and my colleagues. Its newest endeavor is a lecture series entitled "Chicana/Chicano Voices" which will air on the EPCC TV cable channel. I welcome you all to the EPCC Chicana/o Studies Program and Discipline.



 Contact Us

Assistant Professor Mauricio Rodríguez, MFA

Chicana/o Studies Program District-wide Coordinator/Committee Chair

El Paso Community College

Valle Verde Campus, A-2605

El Paso, Texas 79998-0500

Office: (915) 831-2243

Fax: (915) 831-2792


Dean Claude Mathis, MA

Dean of Communications and Performing Arts

El Paso Community College

Valle Verde Campus, MV-10

El Paso, Texas 79998-0500

Office: (915) 831-2857

Fax: (915) 831-2792