Welcome to the Serna Center At Sacramento State

The Joe and Isabel Hernandez-Serna Center

The Serna Center opened in 2003 and is named after the late Sacramento Mayor and Government Professor Joe Serna and the late university administrator and Ethnic Studies Professor Isabel Hernandez Serna who, like the Center itself, were dedicated to political activism and engagement, academic access and excellence, and service to the community.

Mission Statement

Consistent with the lasting vision of Joe and Isabel Serna, the Serna Center aims to encourage policy and political knowledge, activism and engagement, student access and excellence, and community service. The Center’s primary but not sole focus is Chicana/os and Latina/os in the Sacramento region.


***The Serna Center is currently undergoing a search for Program Director.***
Updated information will be posted as it becomes available.



Dr. Manuel Barajas, Professor of Sociology, Director through Spring 2013

Dr. Manuel Barajas

Read more about Dr. Barajas here.



Mentorship for Undergraduate Research and Advocacy in Latin@ Equity and Studies - MURALES

Murales Program

MURALES was created in Fall 2012 to encourage all students to further their education beyond the baccalaureate and expand transformative/empowering scholarship on Chican@s/Latin@s in society. The Program joins faculty mentors with low-income and first generation CSUS students to prepare them for Ph.D. graduate programs in all fields of study.

Get the flyer with full details here.
Get the Fall 2013 Application here.
Get the Faculty Mentor Form here.