Student Movements in the United States and Mexico: A Testimony

  • Roberto M. De Anda
Keywords: Graduate school in Mexico; movimientos de rechazados; Becas para Aztlán Program; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); Chicano Movement organizations.


The author reflects on his experiences teaching and going to graduate school in Mexico City in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  I discuss my participation in Chicano Movement organizations before moving to Mexico, and the reasons that propelled me to go to graduate school there.  I highlight lessons learned teaching as a volunteer at a normal popular, or people’s teachers college, and as a professor at the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo (UACh).  I also describe my graduate studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).  The conclusion focuses on the impact that these experiences had on the author’s professional life in the United Sates.