WalkIn 2018

The Educational Legacy of the 1968 East L.A. Walkouts:

Walk-in to Cal State LA


In March of 1968 thousands of Chicano students at high schools on the Eastside of Los Angeles walked out of classes to protest inequity and prejudice in the education system. At the time, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) largely ignored Mexican American history, and Chicano students were forbidden from speaking Spanish and often steered toward vocational careers instead of college, among other problems. The East L.A. Walkouts, or Blowouts, called attention to systemic inequities and ultimately led to improvements in city schools.

On March 1-2, 2018, Cal State LA will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the East L.A. Walkouts with a conference featuring panels, guest speakers, a historical photo exhibit and a walk-in to campus by hundreds of LAUSD high school students.



Tenative Conference Schedule


Thursday, March 1, 2018


8:30 to 9:00 a.m.  |  Continental Breakfast
9 to 9:30  |  Welcome and Overview
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  |  Educational Conditions in 1968 that Led to Student Walkouts
Moderator: Dr. Michael Soldatenko, Prof of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies
Invited Panel: Dr. Raul Ruiz, Professor Emeritus, Cal State Northridge , Dr. Monte Perez, President, LA Mission College
10:30 to  10:45 a.m.  |  Break
10:45 to 11:45 a.m.  |  Women as Participants, Activists, and Leaders in the 1968 Blowouts   
Moderator: Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal, Professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies
Invited Panel: Ms. Vicki Ruiz, Ms. Mita Cuaron, Ms. Paula Crisostimo
11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  |  Break  
12 to 1:30 p.m.  |  Lunch and Invited Keynote
Keynote: Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr.
Chancellor's Public Scholar, Edward A. Dickson Distinguished Emeriti Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley—and Student Leader, 1968 Walk-outs and Cal State LA Alumni
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • GE Ballroom 1: Legacy of Student Activism Panel – ASI / Mr. Marcos Montes
  • GE Ballroom 2: Coalitional Partnerships 1968 to today  – Dr. Fred Smith
  • GE Ballroom 3: Education and Identity (Proposed)
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
  • GE Ballroom 1: DACA and the Future of Undocumented Students (Proposed)
  • GE Ballroom 2: Culture, the Humanities, and the Blowouts – Dr. Alex Espinoza
  • GE Ballroom 3: The Legacy of Sal Castro – Dr. Rita Ledesma
3:45 to  4:00 p.m.  |  Break
4 to 5:00 p.m.  |  The Next 50 Years  
5 to 6:30 p.m.  |  Reception and Photograph Exhibit, University Library: “East Side Blowouts: Through The Eyes of Chicano Media”
Curator: Dr. Raul Ruiz
Introduction by Dr. Felix Gutierrez, Professor Emeritus, Univ of Southern California
Cal State LA Afro-Latin Jazz Band

Friday, March 2, 2018

10 to 10:30 a.m.  |  Welcome Remarks
10:30 to 11:00 a.m.  |  Performances
11 to 11:45 a.m.  |  Transgenerational Leadership
Speaker: Dr. Tara Yosso, UC Riverside
12 to 12:30 p.m.  |  Lunch in King Hall

12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Multiple Topics
  • Transgenerational leadership for educational success
  • Immigration and education
  • Continuities in educational conditions: 1968 to the present 
  • Enacting student leadership strategies for educational, social, and political change
  • The relationship between social media and current student social movements
  • Organizing spaces and strategies that honor the fluidity of student identities 
  • Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline
  • Alliances, collaborations, and partnerships for educational improvement


Cal State LA | Eastside Blowouts


Call For Proposals

Deadline: January 28, 2018

We invite you to submit a brief proposal for a presentation or workshop on the second day of the conference, Friday, March 2, 2018. Approximately 700 high school students will Walk-In to Cal State LA from original East L.A. Walkout legacy high schools and participate in the conference.

Click the link below for more detailed information.

Submit Your Proposals