The mission of El Centro Chicano is to empower Chicanx/Latinx students by providing a safe harbor to learn leadership, connecting to and exploring their cultural identity by being socially conscious critical thinkers, acquiring career advice through networking opportunities to help them achieve graduation from their respective programs in a timely manner, and offering transitional support beyond their USC academic life.
El Centro Chicano strives to educate the campus about Latinx issues and the ethnic diversity represented within the community (i.e. Central & South America, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico). El Centro also offers student advocacy, personal support, assistance for Latinx student groups, and transitional/beyond USC programming. El Centro programs and services also consider gender, class, religion/spirituality, bi/monolingual, continuing generations, sexual orientation, disabilities, and multi-racial/ethnic identities, among other factors.