“In talking about cultural plurality, we’re not talking about dividing ourselves up into our separate ethnic backgrounds,” Grajeda said. “We’re not talking about separatist movements."
Ralph Grajeda came to the University of Nebraska in 1969 to pursue a PhD. in English. While still a graduate student Grajeda was involved in local, state and national organizations which advocated for Chicano education. He emerged as a prominent member of the local and University Chicano community. During the struggle for the Chicano Studies program Grajeda was hired as an instructor by the department of English and was later hired as a full time professor. Grajeda would maintain a focus on the education of Chicano students throughout his tenure at the University.