To advance the interest and needs of the Chicana and Chicano community. To advance research in Chicana and Chicano Studies. To advance the professional interest and needs of Chicanas and Chicanos in the academy.
ARTICLE I: OFFICIAL NAME
The official name of this organization shall be the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. The official acronym is NACCS.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of the Association is to:
- Facilitate dialogue about Chicana and Chicano experiences among scholars, students, and community members.
- Encourage, promote, and assist the development of Chicana and Chicano studies centers, programs, and departments.
- Facilitate the recruitment of Chicanas and Chicanos at all levels of education.
- Promote and develop curriculum and the integration of Chicana and Chicano Studies from kindergarten to college.
- Provide mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students to facilitate their entrance and success in the academy and the community.
- Provide mentorship to faculty to facilitate their entrance and success in the academy.
HISTORY OF NACCS
The Association was first named the National Caucus of Chicano Social Scientists from 1972-1973. After the Caucus's first meeting November 17, 1973, at the University of California at Irvine, the members of the steering committee unanimously voted to change the name to the National Association of Chicano Social Scientists (NACSS).
In 1976, during the 3rd NACSS Conference participates voted to rename the organization to the National Association for Chicano Studies (NACS).
In 1995 during the National Conference in Spokane, Washington, the body unanimously voted to change the name from the National Association for Chicano Studies to the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS).