Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies major Vivian Hernández wins two prestigious CSU system-wide awards

Vivian Hernández, who is majoring in Latin American Studies and History, won two prestigious system-wide awards in spring and summer 2021.

In July, Vivian won a 2021-2022 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. This is a very selective award; throughout the CSU, only about two dozen are given each year. Vivian was recognized for her scholarly achievements as well as her work in the community. Here on campus, she works as a Supplemental Instruction leader, serves as ambassador for the College of Humanities and the Fine Arts, and is an officer for our local chapter of MEChA. She is also the president of the History Club and the History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta. Back home in Hollister, CA, Vivian is vice president of the San Benito Young Adults LULAC council, the League of United Latin American Citizens.

Vivian was also selected to receive an award from the California Pre-Doctoral Program. This provides funds so that Vivian can visit Ph.D-granting institutions and identify which doctoral program is the best fit for her. Vivian is interested in History and Gender Studies programs at several University of California campuses, including UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz, as well as the University of Utah. She will start hitting the road during the Thanksgiving break.

In summer 2020, Vivian was part of the inaugural cohort of Adelante scholars. Adelante is a postbaccalaureate pipeline program designed to prepare students for graduate school. Students work closely with faculty mentors during the summer months. Vivian researched the impact of the Mexican government’s family planning programs on women’s lives in the 1970s and 1980s. She is currently analyzing Mexico’s leading feminist journals to document the many transformations of the feminist movement as women navigated the deteriorating economic conditions in the 1980s and the democratic openings of the 1990s.

Vivian credits her professors in Latin American Studies and History with providing her the preparation and the encouragement to go after these funding opportunities. If you are interested in becoming an Adelante scholar yourself, please contact a Latin American Studies professor. If you would like to know more about Chico State’s majors in Latin American Studies or History, please contact LAST coordinator Professor Steve Lewis at

Vivian Hernandez History student