Welcome to a website dedicated to uncovering the collective story of the development of Casa Zapata residence, El Centro Chicano, and the people and places that have contributed to the Chican@/Latin@ community of Stanford.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA), Stanford students were able to work, under the guidance of the internationally recognized muralist Judith F. Baca, to research, archive, conceptualize, and produce a mural that portrayed the rich and rooted history of the Chican@/Latin@ community at Stanford.
The research and the conceptualizing of ideas for this project continues. Although we hoped to have executed a mural in time for the renovation of El Centro Chicano, the project is currently on hold until funding and other resources are secure.
The archive project, however, continues to be active. What you will find in this website are only pieces of our history. El Centro Chicano is currently working on digitizing our materials and creating a home for this special archive.
We continue to invite you to take part in this collaborative process to explore, study, and understand the history of Chican@s and Latin@s at Stanford. We are still looking for photographs and material of the Chican@/Latin@ community in the 1960's and 70's in particular, but would like to continue expanding our archive with any of your submissions. If submitting photographic material, we ask that you identify the people, date, and context of the photo. We encourage photos that portray activism, culture, and student life of our comunidad. The purpose of the material is to tell the collective stories through various media, so we ask that you continue to be thoughtful in your submissions.