By Jeff Ristine – – Mural By Malaquías Montoya | Courtesy El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (El Colef).

In 1969, meeting the needs of the surrounding community meant embracing the movement to promote Chicano civil rights. Students and faculty joined campaigns off campus that led to the creation of Chicano Park and Balboa Park’s Centro Cultural de la Raza, now focal points of ethnic pride. Fifty years later, the department is deeply immersed in border and transnational issues, and it has made rich contributions in the arts and research to the San Diego border region.

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