Chicana/o Studies, EOP celebrate ‘End-Dependence Day’ with community

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Chicana/o Studies, EOP celebrate ‘End-Dependence Day’ with community

Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN take one last bow as audience members clap for their performance at the End-Dependence Day celebration held on Sept. 27 at the Chicano House. Photo Credit:Kate Krantz/Contributior

Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN take one last bow as audience members clap for their performance at the End-Dependence Day celebration held on Sept. 27 at the Chicano House. Photo Credit:Kate Krantz/Contributior

Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN take one last bow as audience members clap for their performance at the End-Dependence Day celebration held on Sept. 27 at the Chicano House. Photo Credit:Kate Krantz/Contributior

Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN take one last bow as audience members clap for their performance at the End-Dependence Day celebration held on Sept. 27 at the Chicano House. Photo Credit:Kate Krantz/Contributior

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Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN take one last bow as audience members clap for their performance at the End-Dependence Day celebration held on Sept. 27 at the Chicano House. Photo Credit:Kate Krantz/Contributior

Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN take one last bow as audience members clap for their performance at the End-Dependence Day celebration held on Sept. 27 at the Chicano House. Photo Credit:Kate Krantz/Contributior

 

As part of the 45th anniversary of Chicana/o studies and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), the two departments joined together Saturday to hold the annual End-Dependence Day celebration at the Chicano House.

The event, which also celebrated Mexican independence day, featured food, live music, and exhibits from the departments’ 45 years history. A stage was set-up where performances included mariachi, Aztec dance, cumbia, spoken word and hip hop. In between performances DJ Mestizo kept the crowd entertained.

Mary Prado, Chicana/o studies department chair, said the event is a different take on the 16th of September, also known as Mexican Independence Day.

“We want to end dependence and be self sustainable,” she said. The event was also held earlier this year to encourage more community members and faculty to attend. “In the past, a lot of professors couldn’t make it because it started after 6 and they had kids,” she said. “Now there’s more of the community here and it’s inter-generational.”

Prado said the turnout was great. “I think the turnout is perfect,” she said.

Inside the Chicano House there was display highlighting the history of both departments. Front pages from past issues of the Daily Sundial were on display on poster boards. they showed the takeover of administration by the Black Student Union and the foundation of Chicana/o studies, as Mexican American studies, and EOP.

Iris Mendoza, Chicana/o studies and sociology junior, thought the display was interesting.

“Nothing was given to the students,” she said. “(Students) had to struggle for it.”

Mendoza said seeing all the contributions by students made an impact. “I think it’s good to have that memory of what these students did.”

Members from Movimiento Esudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) also helped organize the event. They presented CSUN alumna Ana Miriam Barragan was honored by MEChA as Chicana of the Year for her help in establishing a DREAMers center at CSUN.

Susy Amezcua, concilio for MEChA, said they want to stop reliance on others. “MEChA is about sustainability,” she said. “We need to be able to take care of ourselves.”

Members of the Mariachi Aztlan de San Fernando serenade the crowd at the End-Dependence Day celebration held at the Chicano House on Sept. 27. Photo Credit: Kate Krantz/Contributor

Members of the Mariachi Aztlan de San Fernando serenade the crowd at the End-Dependence Day celebration held at the Chicano House on Sept. 27. Photo Credit: Kate Krantz/Contributor