The Chicana & Chicano Resource Center (CRC), the oldest of CSUF’s ethnic centers, was established in 1972 to develop the University Library’s collection on Mexico and the Southwest. Today the CRC, which is housed in the Pollak Library, has a dual function for both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. It provides an active learning environment for students, faculty, and staff that emphasizes the history, culture, and education of Chicanos and Latinos and promotes recognition and understanding of their contributions to society. CSUF was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2004, thus, CRC programming supports the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Chicano/Latino students, faculty, and staff.
As the CSUF Chicano/Latino student population increases (undergraduates 35% and graduates 21%), as well as in the surrounding communities, demand for the services provided by the CRC has risen. With continued maintenance of a strong research collection, the CRC will continue to meet the needs of programs and departments within the university as well as the greater Orange County community.
meet the staff
Ariana Mora Mero (she/her/hers)
Coordinator, Chicana & Chicano Resource Center
Born in Manta, Ecuador, Ariana immigrated to the United States at the age of 10 and grew up in Ames, Iowa. Ariana attended Iowa State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Education in Student Affairs. Prior to her role as Coordinator for the Chicana and Chicano Resource Center, Ariana served as the Program Coordinator for Services for Undocumented Students at the University of California, Merced. As the CRC Coordinator, she hopes to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students to feel part of the Titan Community. On her free time, Ariana enjoys dancing bachata and cooking Ecuadorian food.
Graduate Student Assistant, Chicana & Chicano Resource Center
Elda is a first-year graduate student in the Master in Higher Education program. She earned her BA in Psychology and Chicana/o Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She identifies as a first-generation, Latina which has influenced her passion for working with marginalized students of color in their journey through higher education. Elda is also a part of HELO which is a student professional organization at CSUF. On her free time, Elda enjoys exploring the various cultural and historical landmarks LA has to offer.
Communications and Graphic Design Lead, Chicana & Chicano Resource Center
Carolyn is a fourth-year student pursuing a major in Entertainment Art and Animation. Born and raised in Los Angeles suburbs, she identifies as a queer Chicana and is passionate about art and children’s media. This is her second year as a student lead in the CRC and she hopes to continue bringing awareness of the cultural importance of art. She is passionate about children’s media and works to create art that represents her community. Carolyn is a part of art organizations on campus and hopes to create more inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ folx and people of color in art spaces.
Community Engagement Lead, Chicana & Chicano Resource Center
Sebastian is a third-year majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Organizational and Leadership. He was born in Sacramento and identifies as a Latinx individual. Sebastian has and will continue to provide equal access to resources for marginalized students in public education. Although it is his first year working for CSUF, he has worked for nonprofits and other educational entities who cater to students aging from pre-k through post-secondary. Outside of the CRC, Sebastian enjoys being active, playing video games, and making crafts.
Community Success Lead, Chicana & Chicano Resource Center
Theresa is a second-year Psychology major who is double minoring in Adolescent Development and Human Services. Born in Orange and raised in Santa Ana, Theresa is passionate about preparing marginalized high school students for college or a career. She is the Program Assistant for a non-profit organization called Career Beginnings Mentoring Program (CBMP) in Santa Ana. At CSUF, she is involved with Ballet Folklorico as a dancer and as the Secretary for E-board. Her professional career goal is to become a high school guidance counselor. Theresa enjoys volunteering, re-watching The Office, playing with her 2 golden retrievers, and taking long naps.
Identity Development Programming Lead, Chicana & Chicano Resource Center
Valeria is a fourth-year Human Services major with a concentration in mental health. She is a first-generation low income Latinx student who was raised and resides in Santa Ana, CA. Throughout her journey in higher education she has learned that she is passionate about working with students. She hopes to someday help bridge the gap between high school and the transition into higher education for students of color. Outside of the CRC, she is an academic advisor for first-generation low-income students. Valeria is passionate about skincare, SPF, and proper hamster care.
Social Justice Educator Lead, Chicana & Chicano Resource Center
Marisabel is a fourth-year Human Services major with a concentration in Mental Health and a Queer Studies minor. She identifies as a queer Chapina/Guanaca and is passionate about music, writing and Central American media representation. As a student lead, she hopes to foster spaces for folks to celebrate their resilient and intersecting identities. She is especially interested in the ways queer and Latinx identities intersect, especially in the Central American community. She hopes to work with LGBTQ+ folks of color, collaborating with them while they navigate their different intersecting identities.