The Latinx Community Resource Center (LCRC) is the oldest of CSUF’s ethnic centers spanning nearly five decades. The LCRC was established in 1972 as the Mexico & Southwest Collection Center to develop the University Library’s collection of Mexico and the Southwest regions. In the 1980s, the center’s name was expanded to the Chicano Resource Center . Due to the efforts of Latinx students, staff, faculty and the community, the CRC established a full-time Coordinator and became fully funded to expand research resources to Latinx students.
In the 1990s, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs agreed to share the funding of the center to expand resources and services. Throughout the 2000s, the center sponsored programs featuring prominent Chicanx/Latinx authors and artists. CSUF was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2004, thus, our programming supports the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Latinx students, faculty, and staff. As the CSUF Latinx student population increases (undergraduates 43% and graduates 35%) the demand for the services provided by the center has risen.
In the 2010’s the name was expanded to the Chicana and Chicano Resource Center. In 2018, under the newly formed Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers, several ethnic and identity resource centers were united to operate in the same location in Pollak Library.
In May 2020, the center underwent a name change to reflect our commitment to recognizing the diverse populations we serve. This name expansion aligns with national trends on enhanced inclusion of vast identities our community holds with respect to gender identity and ethnic identity. As in previous years, a name expansion does not erase history, instead it allows for communities that are being served to feel valued. The Latinx Community Resource Center plans to preserve and celebrate its history while continuing to enhance inclusion to our Titan community.