The Matt Meier Award was established in honor of Professor Matt Meier for his scholarly contributions in the area of Chicano history and for his dedication to and support of the educational goals of the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University.

Professor Meier is nationally and internationally known as a pioneer in Chicano history. He published over 15 books and numerous articles. His book, The Chicanos: A History of Mexican Americans is a classic. It has gone through several editions and has been published in Spanish.

Besides contributing to the field of Chicano history, Professor Meier was strong supporter of and contributor to the Ethnic Studies Program. He developed and taught for many years the first Chicano history course ever given in the U.S. He co-organized the Institute on Chicano History and Culture at Santa Clara-another first. He served on the Ethnic Studies Advisory Board for many years and mentored many faculty.

The Matt Meier Award is given annually to a student who submits substantive academic work centered on issues of race/ethnicity for the annual Matt Meier award. Work in any discipline or department will be considered. A broad range of work will be accepted including (but not limited to) short or long essays, research papers and projects (including capstone research projects), short films, investigative radio programs or other forms of audio/visual research. Winners are awarded a $250.00 monetary prize along with a plaque recognizing their accomplishment both of which will be awarded at the Ethnic Studies Seniors’ Reception in Spring Quarter.


Submissions from 2020


En El Museo No Se Incluye, Kimberly Fernandez Pedraza

Submissions from 2018


Retention of Women of Color in Higher Education, Edith Romero

Submissions from 2016


Police Brutality: Impacts on Latino and African American Lives and Communities, Angelica Delgado