For the last 50 years of Chican@ Studies across the US, departments of various origins are seeing a shift in purpose. The importance of Chican@ Studies historically and contemporarily is to dismantle hegemonic paradigms within the westernized university. It is to allow students to fully understand three questions: 1. Who are we? 2. What is our situation in the world? and 3. What do we do about it? In this way we are historicizing, contextualizing, and politicizing our research, studying, and praxis as students in the university.