Jose Joel Garcia was instrumental in the nascent Chicano movement at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1968 and
1969. The papers in this collection help to chronicle these momentous years when activism was a significant part of many students’
lives at the universities. As a student Jose was part of the early formation of United Mexican American Students (UMAS) and
Movimiento Estudantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). This collection contains news articles and organizational documents as well
as other information regarding protest activities, such as the Santa Barbara area Grape Boycott protests and the move to make
education relevant to ethnic groups. Planning documents and justification dialogs regarding the Chicano Studies Program and
the Black Studies Program are included in this collection. The materials in this collection help to show the great strides
that were made toward equal opportunities in education and the effort involved in being part of the changes.
Jose Joel Garcia is currently the executive director of the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Union City, California. He was
involved in the Chicano/a Student Movement of the late 60's and early 70's. As a student he was part of the early formation
of United Mexican American Students (UMAS) and Movimiento Estudantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). Garcia was part of the movement
to establish a Chicano studies program at UCSB. He was at UCSB starting in 1965 and graduated in 1969.
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