Chicanx Latinx Retention Initiative

CCLASS is now open

CCLASS at the Memorial Union

The Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success (CCLASS) opened fall quarter 2017. CCLASS is dedicated to welcoming, supporting, retaining and informing students as they navigate the university.

CCLASS contributes to the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by offering a space where Chicanx and Latinx students find transitional, academic and cultural support, community and a familia.

What does the X in Chicanx/Latinx mean?

The purpose of using “x” in “Chicanx/Latinx” is to allow for the Chicano, Chicana, Latino, Latina community to be gender expansive, meaning it includes all those who identify and don’t identify within the gender spectrum.

Meet Cirilo Cortez

Cirilo CortezCirilo Cortez (Ph.D. '12) is the director of UC Davis's Strategic Chicanx and Latinx Retention Initiatives and Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success.

Cirilo has worked with first-generation and low-income students as a counselor, academic advisor and mentor. He has an educational background in sociology and in the field of education. As a former Latino Aggie, Cirilo has a personal connection with the UC Davis Chicanx and Latins community. Accomplishing his own educational endeavors at UC Davis has made him a firm believer in the potential and talent that all Chicanx and Latinx students bring to campus. It is this belief that inspires Cirilo to dedicate his time and energy in making sure that our students are graduating and receiving a quality education to prepare them as competitive applicants for the job market or graduate school.

Cirilo is glad to be back and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of Chicanx and Latinx students.

To support Chicanx and Latinx student success at UC Davis, the following priorities are proposed for implementation.

  1. Implement strategies that will support retention, persistence and graduation rates for Chicanx and Latinx students. Develop and engage in best practices that promote students' academic achievement by addressing financial barriers, academic difficulty, parental involvement, sense of belonging, and the training of faculty and staff.
  2. Empower Chicanx and Latinx students to do well academically by engaging them in leadership, career, and personal development. Empower students to believe in graduation and in preparing for a better future.
  3. Prepare new UC Davis Chicanx and Latinx students by making them aware of the academic and social support available and how to use it. Establish an immediate sense of belonging for newly enrolled Chicanx and Latinx students by connecting them to the continuing Chicanx and Latinx student community and staff and faculty. Inform Chicanx and Latinx students by creating access through strategic outreach and recruitment.