Welcome to the Centro Cultural César Chávez

About Us

The Centro Cultural César Chávez exists to support the different ethnic and cultural peoples' pursuit of their educational goals and the retention of their culture. Further, it strives to inform both the respective cultural groups and the greater university communities about issues central to the Chicanx/Latinx/Mestizx culture and heritage.

The Centro Cultural César Chávez seeks to provide an environment in which students are able to accept and appreciate their differences and also a place that encourages a sense of purpose and unity.

4C Staff

    CCCC Staff

    • Alejandro Saucedo: Communication Representative
    • Catia Garibay: Student Success Peer Facilitator
    • Tiffanie Rivera-Di Lucio: Student Success Peer Facilitator
    • Karen Montes: Student Success Peer Facilitator
    • Lorena Ambriz: Student Leadership Liaison
    • Gail Sanchez: Student Success Peer Facilitator
    • Angel Mandujano-Guevara: Student Leadership Liaison
    • Cynthia Carvajal: Student Success Peer Facilitator
    • Kevin Santos Flores: Assistant Director
    • Alejandra Rojo-Perez: Student Success Peer Facilitator (not photographed)
    • Elena Ramirez: Graphic Designer (not photographed)

    Our History

    The Centro is approaching its 45th year as a facility for allowing Chicanx/Latinx students to promote their unique and varied cultures while educating the OSU community at large. The Centro Cultural César Chávez was originally called the Chicano Cultural Center, it was established in 1972. Its original nine members met weekly in the basement of the Milam building.

    At the end of 1976 a new location for the facility was sought. The Chicano Cultural Advisory Committee, with Ramon Chacon as its chairman, Roselyn Esparanza, Juan Guzman, Emilio Vejul, Rico Garcia, and Bernard Pitts as its advisors requested that the university provide housing for the Center. The CCC was first given the house at 2475 Orchard Street and later the small house at 1969 SW "A" Street, which was to become the permanent Chicano Cultural Center. Originally the house was to have opened on December 1, but its opening date was postponed until January 21, due to the poor condition of the house. On April 13, 1977 the President of OSU, Dr. Robert MacVicar cut the ribbon to symbolically open the new Center to the public.

    In the following October, Eduardo Garcia was made the facility coordinator for the CCC. Under his administration, a wall was knocked out between the two front rooms and a sign reading "Chicano Cultural Center: Casa de La Raza" was ordered from the OSU Physical Plant.

    Our Resources

    Our space and resources we offer are open to all students, faculty, staff, and OSU community.

    Tutoring every Monday from 5:00 PM–9:00 PM
    Fully-equipped kitchen
    Computers
    TV, video games, movies
    Lounge
    Study space
    Quiet room
    Gender-inclusive bathrooms

    Our Affiliates

    Latinx-based Greek Life at Oregon State University

    Chicano/Hispanic/Latino Organizations

    Our Location & Hours

    Centro Cultural César Chávez
    691 SW 26th St
    Corvallis, OR 97331
    (541) 737–3790

    Operating Hours
    Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
    Friday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

    Summer Hours (June 22 - August 27)
    Monday - Thursday: 1:00 PM–5:00 PM
    Friday: Closed