Plan de Santa Bárbara

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El Plan de Santa Bárbara: A Chicano Plan for Higher Education is a 155-page document, which was written in 1969 by the Chicano Coordinating Council on Higher Education. Drafted at the University of California Santa Barbara, it is a blueprint for the inception of Chicana/o studies programs in colleges and universities throughout the US.[1] The Chicano Coordinating Council expresses political mobilization to be dependent upon political consciousness, thus the institution of education is targeted as the platform to raise political conscious amongst Chicanos and spur higher learning to political action. The Plan proposes a curriculum in Chicano studies, the role of community control in Chicano education and the necessity of Chicano political independence. The document was a framework for educational and curriculum goals for the Chicano movements within the institution of education,[1] while being the foundation for the Chicano student group Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA).

The plan itself begins with a manifesto which calls for a renaissance and a "quest for cultural expression and freedom"[1] and continues by pushing back against racist power structures and assimilation and a push toward the importance of community and pride in Chicanismo. The manifesto asks the colleges and universities within state of California to act in the following areas:

1. Admission and recruitment of Chicano students, faculty, administrators, and staff;
2. A curriculum program and an academic major relevant to the Chicano cultural and historical experience;
3. Support and tutorial programs;
4. Research programs;
5. Publications programs; and
6. Community, cultural, and social action programs.

Finally, it calls for students, faculty, employees and the community to come together as "central and decisive designers and administrators of these programs".[1]

Following the manifesto, the document lays out a plan for organizing Chicano programs; recruitment and admissions, support programs, curriculum, political action, the outline of the degrees offered including a Bachelor of Arts and an associate degree, and proposed courses including those for Chicano history, contemporary politics of the Southwest, and Mexican American sociology. The document closes with an outline of a Barrio Center program which aims to reach out to students outside of the colleges and universities in regards to dissemination of college entrance information, community engagement and the presence of on-going research proposed by Chicano scholars.[1] Throughout the plan are pictures of those in the Chicano movement as well as art drawn by members of MEChA. This manifesto was adopted in April 1969.

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  1. ^ a b c d e El Plan de Santa Barbara; a Chicano Plan for Higher Education, 1 February 2013, La Causa Publications.[dead link]

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