The 2017 MALCS Summer Institute, hosted by Sonoma State University, will be held July 19th – 22nd. The Call for Papers is expected to be released by mid-February. Check back here and the Institute site for more information.
2016 has been tough for the spirit, mind, and body. All that we are witnessing, happening in Aleppo, Corpus Christi, Oakland, Standing Rock—the police brutality, misogyny, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and bigotry are acts and events trying to force a split, fracturing us, hurting us but also reminding us that we are courageous and resilient gente.
Post the election we are witnessing a shift, uncertainty, and hopelessness. We are hurting in our own lives and hurting at the national and global levels. While all of this has been happening, we have turned to each other and relied on the networks of solidarity that we work so hard to protect and maintain wherever we are. Our personal, communal, and political struggles remind us that we come from strong antepasados, from wise elders y comunidades. Love, connectedness, and commitment does and should continue guiding our work these coming years. We will continue to move forward together with the strength and courage our gente has displayed for many years and across many generations.
Immediate consejos from us include that we continue leaning on each other for support and guidance—that we participate in and support local and national grassroots movements. If we can, contribute monetarily to organizations that protect our constitutional rights—one is the American Civil Liberties Union but we are sure there are others. We must inform, educate ourselves and offer consejos to our students, to each other. We must seek such consejos from luchadoras who have endured struggles before us, from our elders.
We are feeling and witnessing the source of our intergenerational trauma re-enacted in and on our bodies these days. Remember, our bodies also hold thousands of years of strength, amor, and resistance handed down from our ancestors. We are in this together and our ancestors are with us, always.
En solidaridad y con cariño, cuiden su alma, mente y corazón.
¿Cómo esta tu corazón?
A dear friend of mine always asks this question, “how is your heart?” I find it pertinent to ask this given the turbulent times we are enduring.
With much turmoil, uncertainty, pain, and many struggles our communities are fighting and facing; mi corazón esta triste but also hopeful. We stand in solidarity with our familia in Standing Rock! We are with you—we will continue to persevere for Cambio Social/Social Change. Let’s all please take action! Go to our Facebook page to read and share informational links about this important matter and other injustices our gente is experiencing. I write this brief note to remind ourselves that we have each other. En la lucha, siempre. We are Mujeres Activas!
I also write to inform you that due to unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances, Eastern Washington University will not be hosting the Summer Institute in 2017! Please know that as soon as I was informed about this news—my first reaction was to reach out to several MALCSistas, from east to west. I am still in communication with an institution and will hopefully have an answer before heading to the National Women’s Studies Association conference. I/we will keep you updated.
Please take care MALCSistas. Cuida tu corazón.
Judith Flores Carmona
MALCS Chair-Elect Cecilia “CC”Aragón was appointed as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Latina Youth Conference, a non-profit focused on empowering at risk young Latinas through mentorship and awareness. They hold a 2 day conference annually in Cheyenne, Wyoming for 5th-12th grade girls of Hispanic descent. Congratulations to CC on this opportunity to have an impact on the lives of young Latinas.
Congratulations to MALCSista Seline Szkupinski Quiroga who is taking on a new role as Director of the ASU CAMP Scholars Project. The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $2.1M grant to Arizona State University to support a university recruitment and retention program for the children of migrant farmworkers (PI: Dr. Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez, co-PI: Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga). The ASU CAMP Scholars Project will provide academic, social and financial support services to first-year migrant students and their families. Through research seminars, symposia and conference travel grants, the Project also strives to produce a cohort of students with a strong academic identity who see themselves as knowledge producers and community change makers.
Portland State University recently profiled MALCS Recording Secretary Jean Aguilar-Valdez about her work on decolonizing science education. In the profile, Jean speaks about the challenges of being a scholar-activist and working towards social justice in science education. Kudos to Jean for bringing attention to these issues to a larger community. Read the full article here: https://www.pdx.edu/profile/solidarity
The summary report for the 2016 MALCS Summer Institute, hosted by the University of Wyoming, is now available. The report provides important facts about attendance and reviews the highlights of the Summer Institute.
MALCSista Gloria Rosario Peral, University of California Merced – B.A Sociology 2014, has been admitted to California State University Northridge, Chicano Studies Master’s program! She will begin her studies this Fall 2016.
Gloria attended her first MALCS at U of Wyoming at Laramie this summer 2016. She was active in Chicano/Latino events, and was co-chair of MEChA at UC Merced, leading the organization during its most successful and significant time. Gloria has also presented at NACCS for several years as an undergrad.
MALCSista Monica de la Torre received her doctorate in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies from the University of Washington this spring and has started as an Assistant Professor of Media and Expressive Culture in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University!
After 2 years at the University of Wyoming, MALCSista (and current Membership Coordinator) Vanessa Fonseca has returned to Arizona State University where she received her doctorate in Spanish, but now she is Assistant Professor of English with a focus on multi-ethnic U.S. literature! Her work on New Mexican migration “Following the Manito Trail” was also recently highlighted on Wyoming’s PBS station.