By Chicana historian Cynthia Orozco
1972 Cecilia Burciaga wrote a proposal for a National Chicana Foundation in Washington D.C.
Winter 1981 Antonia Castañeda (Stanford) and Ada Sosa Riddell (UC Davis) discussed the lack of Chicana courses.
January 20 April 4, 1982 UC Davis organized the “Chicana Lecture Series” in honor of Magdalena Mora with nine speakers.
June 4-5, 1982 Chicana Academic issues Conference, Part 1 held at UC Davis, attended by eight undergraduates, nine graduate students, one staff member, and six professors.
1982 Declaración de MALCS is written.
1983 Chicana Academic Issues Conference. Part II held.
1983 MALCS meetings began on a formal basis.
January 1984 UC Davis produced the first MALCS newsletter.
1984 Discussion of a research institute began.
November 1984 150 persons subscribed to MALCS newsletter.
May 7, 1985 Ada Sosa Riddell, Deena Gonzalez, and Elisa (Linda) Facio wrote the proposal for the “Chicana Summer Institute. Planning Session.”
1985 Trabajos Monograficos, the MALCS working paper series began. The editorial board consisted of Antonia Castañeda, Alma Garcia, Clara Lomas, Adaljiza Sosa Riddell and Lenora Timm.
August 16-17, 1985 Workshop/meeting held in Pomona to write a proposal for a research center and the first Chicana/Latina Summer Institute. A 17 page+ document was produced.
1986 First MALCS Summer Research Institute at UC Davis. Theme: Violencia y la Mujer. Representatives from Mexico attended. Emma Perez wrote summary of the event for La Red.
July 24, 1986 MALCS ByLaws were written.
Spring 1987 Women’s Unit, Chicano Studies Research Center sponsored the First MALCS organizational meeting in Southern California at Pomona.
July 27, 1987 First printed bylaws of MALCS made available to members.
1987 2nd MALCS institute at UC Davis. Theme: Ethics. Dolores Huerta, Ana Nieto Gomez, and Cherrie Moraga were plenary speakers. Constitution revised. Ideological debate over the goals and objectives of MALCS.
1988 Yolanda Lopez developed the MALCS logo.
July 20-23, 1988 3rd MALCS institute at UC Davis. Theme: Beyond Stereotypes. Deena Gonzalez was a plenary speaker on sexuality.
1988 Chicana Studies Policy workgroup formed.
March 20, 1989 Margarita Melville (UC Berkeley) and Ada Sosa Riddell wrote “Preliminary Proposal Submitted by Chicana Policy Issues Workshop.”
April 1, 1989 MALCS sponsored a meeting at NACS to discuss a Chicana Studies journal.
June 27, 1989 Angie Chabran at UCLA and UC Davis members protested the depiction of Mexican women in a film by a UCLA student.
August 16-20, 1989 4th MALCS institute at Santa Clara, California. Theme: Achieving Education & Equity. Organized by Alma Garcia and Martina Valdez. First conference outside of UC Davis. 80 attended, of whom 61 were undergraduates, many of whom were able to attend due to funding efforts by Margarita Melville. Members of the Latina Leadership Network attended.
August 1989 400 persons subscribe to MALCS Newsletter.
August 3-6, 1990 – 5th MALCS institute at UCLA. Theme: Conflict and Contradiction.Organized by Angie Veyna, Chicana/Latina Studies, Office, Chicano Studies Research Center. First conference outside of Northern California.