The annual Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature will be given to Gustavo Arellano of the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Arellano is a prize-winning columnist for the LA Times. He is one of the major Latino journalists in the United States. His columns focus on Latinos in Los Angeles and California. He has also written several books, such as Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America and A People’s Guide to Orange County. The Leal Award is in its nineteenth year of brining outstanding Chicano/Latino writers to UCSB. It is named after Professor Luis Leal who was an early champion of Chicano/Latino literature. He taught in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies for a number of years.
Sponsored by the Chicano/Latino Research Group; Interdisciplinary Humanities Center; Office of the Chancellor; Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; Chicano Studies Institute; Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies; Luis Leal Endowed Chair; Office of Equal Opportunity & Discrimination Prevention; Educational Opportunity Program; Department of Spanish and Portuguese; Latin American and Iberian Studies; Department of Communications; and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion