52nd Anniversary of the Department of Chicana/o Studies

The Department of Chicana/o Studies celebrated 52 years on Wednesday, October 12, 2022!

The day’s activities included a welcome and lunch, a Chairs’ Plática featuring current Chair, Dr. Adriana Nieto and former chairs Dr. Ramon Del Castillo, Dr. Luis Torres, Dr. Irene Blea and an intergenerational panel. The event concluded with an evening fiesta and scholarship fundraiser.

The Department also collected memorabilia and personal archives from past students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members during the celebration. These items will also be used to document the history of Chicano/a Studies at MSU Denver.

All activities were in St. Cajetans and all MSU Denver students, staff and faculty, community members, and alumni were invited to attend.

Did you miss the celebration?

Watch the Welcome Remarks and Chairs Discussion and the Alumni Panel (Yuja Videos)

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52nd Anniversary Current and Past Chair Biographies

52nd Anniversary Intergenerational Panelist Biographies

Events Hosted by the Department of Chicana/o Studies Studies

The Department of Chicana/o Studies hosts or supports a number of events on and off campus. Most events are open to all faculty, staff, and students from all three institutions on campus.


Richard T. Castro Professorship

The Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship is Chicana/o Studies’ signature event each year in September or October. It was initiated in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The professorship brings renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders of distinction to MSU Denver to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.


Richard T. Castro (1946-1991), educational and civil rights activist, was one of Colorado’s true champions of disenfranchised communities. From a young street social worker in the early 1970s to executive director of Denver’s civil rights agency, Castro was known as a fighter for human justice and dignity. At 25, Castro became one of the youngest lawmakers ever elected to the House of Representatives, a post he held for five terms. Castro led many struggles for social justice, including opposition to English-only legislation. He was a leading spokesperson in the debate on Mexican immigration. A bust commemorating Castro, sculpted by noted Denver artist Emanuel Martinez, sits in the rotunda of the state capitol.

The Professorship

Each year, the Professorship involves a number of activities, from keynote speeches, to panel discussion, to exhibitions and musical performances, depending on the expertise of our visiting scholar.

Periodic Events

Alejandra Solis sings with Mariachi Los Correcaminos for the mariachi festival at the King Center

Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival

A celebration of Colorado native social justice poet, Lalo Delgado, also known as the National Grandfather of Chicano Poetry. Occurs annually during the Spring semester.

Folklorico dancer is traditional pink dress

Latinx Welcome

A welcome event for Latinx students, program includes an official welcome, a blessing by Aztec dancers, food and music. Occurs annually during the month of September.