In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Chicano students in the Southwest walked out and boycotted classes to force educational and social change. The 2019 National Chicano Student Walkouts Conference in San Antonio honors the striking students who risked it all to achieve equality and social justice for La Raza.
This conference focuses on the history and advancement of education and economic opportunities for La Raza. It brings together faculty, academic researchers, community leaders and students to reflect, analyze and assess the impact that the protests had on improvement of educational and economic opportunities for Mexican Americans. We will collect and archive oral histories, publish a set of conference papers and initiate a scholarship program designed to inspire youth to pursue post-secondary education as scholars of the Chicano Movement.