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
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.
It is our pleasure to announce that our first, “herstorical,” electronic election designated the following two members as the newest addition to the leadership of MALCS. They will begin their terms on August 07, 2016.
Dr. Cecilia “C.C.” J. Aragón is our next Chair-Elect (2016-2017). This is a three-year position that transforms into the Chair (2017-2018) and into the Chair Ex-Oficio (2018-2019). Dr. Aragón is currently the Director of the Latina/o Studies Program, an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Wyoming. She is also our co-host for the MALCS Summer Institute next week (August 3-6) in Laramie, WY.
Dr. Sandra M. Pacheco is our new At-Large Representative (2016-2018). She is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
We enthusiastically welcome you both to the Executive and the Coordinating Committees and have no doubt that your energy will help us move MALCS forward.
We also sincerely appreciate each of the candidates who participated in this election and who were/are willing to share their time and effort with our beloved organization and its members.
May we always remember that MALCS is what we make it! In these socio-politically trying times, especially for folks like us, we must continue to work together in order to consistently provide this safe, encouraging, empowering, and necessary space.
Hope to see you in beautiful Laramie, Wyoming.
Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz, Chair Ex-Oficio
(On behalf of the nominations/elections committee)
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) invites student scholarship applications for the 2016 MALCS Summer Institute. MALCS, through generous donations from our members, is offering to cover the conference registration cost of 7 student presenters. More scholarships may be available if there are additional donations to the Summer Institute Scholarship Fund (malcs.org/giving/).
Scholarship eligibility is limited to all students who are current MALCS members and who are presenting at the 2016 Summer Institute. To apply, please submit a 250 word letter of application describing your 2016 Summer Institute presentation and explaining how your presentation fits your research interests and future goals.
The deadline for applications is Monday, July 18, 2016. Please submit your letter of application (250 word limit) to Justine Hernandez at Justine@malcs.org by 7/18/16.
Note: Students who have already paid their registration for the Institute will have their registration payment refunded.
The recipient of the 2016 Tortuga Award is Rosalía Solórzano Torres, who will be honored at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, August 6th, during the MALCS Summer Institute at the University of Wyoming-Laramie.
Rosalía is a pioneer of Chicana/o Studies, establishing many Chicana/o Studies courses and degree programs at various institutions. Rosalía began researching Mexican migrant women in 1976 and teaching in the field in 1979. She is co-editor of Chicana/o Studies: Survey and Analysis (KendallHunt 2007) and is finalizing her second chapbook of poetry, Borderoleando al Amor. Rosalía has a Masters in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Texas at El Paso and advanced to doctoral candidacy in sociology at Michigan State University, East Lansing. She was Associate Director at the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso and has received research and teaching appointments at the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at the University of California at San Diego, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at University of Texas at El Paso, the Chicana and Chicano Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, El Paso Community College, and Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Rosalía received a Masters in Counseling and Guidance from Webster University in 1992, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and received Diplomate status by the American Psychotherapy Association. At present, she and Dr. James Hernández are working with other faculty to create a degree in Mexican American and Women’s Studies at Pima Community College where both currently teach.