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.
¿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.
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.
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) invites nominations for the 2016 Tortuga Award. The award recognizes the achievements, and contributions of members of MALCS. To ensure the special quality of the award, the nominee must be a member of MALCS. Nominations can only come from MALCS members. The nomination must be limited to the nominee’s CV, a two-page letter of nomination describing how the candidate meets the criterion, and two additional letters of support written by other MALCS members.
To be considered for the Tortuga Award, nominating letters should speak to these criteria:
- A commitment to interdisciplinary Chicana, Latina, Afro-Latina, Native American and Indigenous feminist scholarship, cultural productions, and activism (belief in the scholar-activist model).
- A member’s history of involvement and significant contribution to the MALCS organization.
The deadline for nominations is Monday, June 20, 2016. Please submit an electronic nomination packet (CV, nomination letter, and two letters of support) to the MALCS Executive Committee at email@example.com
History of Tortuga Award
The Tortuga Award originated in 2004 when Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) recognized the need to formally acknowledge the tremendous professional accomplishments and contributions of its members. Annually, this award is given to a MALCS member who has used her expertise, experience and commitment to support and advance the MALCS mission. The Tortuga Award is a token of appreciation for scholars and administrators have made a difference in their respective academic and administrative fields, cleared the educational path for many women of color and gender non-conforming peoples, and whose work established and enhanced MALCS. Past recipients include:
2015 Dolores Delgado Bernal
2014 Josie Mendez-Negrete
2013 Norma E. Cantú
2012 Gloria Cuadraz
2011 Lupe Gallegos-Diaz
2010 No award presented
2009 Karen Mary Davalos
2008 Rusty Barcelo
2007 Brenda Child
2006 Inés Talamantez
2005 Norma Alarcón
2004 Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell & Elisa L. Facio [inaugural recipients}
Annually, there are two types of awards that are presented at our annual MALCS Institute. The first category of awards acknowledge the work of local people and/or organizations who are nominated and determined by the Summer Institute Site Committee. The Site Committee determines the criterion for nomination. The second award is the MALCS Tortuga Award which acknowledges the work of a MALCS member and is determined by the Executive Committee.