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Chicana/Latina Studies to host launch party to celebrate return to UTSA

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A launch party will be held to celebrate the publication of the fall 2017 issue of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social on Friday, Feb. 23 at Galeria E.V.A. (3412 S Flores St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will feature the artwork of the late Chicana artist and San Antonio native, Nivia Gonzalez; Bonnie Cisneros, aka D.J. Despeinada; and a small dinner buffet to mark the return of Chicana/Latina Studies to UTSA.

Currently, the journal is headed by the new editorial team of Drs. Sonya M. Alemán and Lilliana Saldaña, associate professors of Mexican American Studies, along with the student staff of Gabriella Sanchez, Alix Rowe, Vanessa Sandoval, and Arlette Cruz Pérez. Chicana/Latina Studies was previously housed at UTSA between 2009 and 2014 under the editorial leadership of Dr. Josie Mendez-Negrete. It transitioned to UTSA in 2016 and will be housed here until the spring of 2021. An additional seven issues will be published thanks to the financial support of the College of Education and Human Development.  

One of the seven academic journals housed within the College of Education and Human Development, Chicana/Latina Studies is the only academic journal in the nation to feature Chicana scholarship. The leading peer-reviewed journal in this field, it has been published since 1997, and serves as the flagship publication of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), a feminist Chicana, Latina and Indigenous academic organization dedicated to building bridges between community and university settings, transforming higher education, and promoting new paradigms and methods in Chicana/Latina feminist thought. The journal publishes groundbreaking interdisciplinary scholarship and creative works by and about Chicanas/Latinas and Indigenous women in both English and Spanish. The journal is receptive to all scholarly methods and theoretical perspectives that examine, describe, analyze, or interpret the experiences of Chicanas/Latinas and Indigenous women.

The Fall 2017 issue includes three scholarly essays, six pieces of creative writing, three book reviews, and a tribute to Gonzalez written by her twin daughters, Regina Antelo and Selena Watson, as well as five examples of Gonzalez's artwork chosen by her daughters. These pieces will be on display at the celebration. Issues of the journal will also be available.

UTSA faculty, staff, and students are all invited to join the celebration, as well as members of the community who support Chicana feminist initiatives and communities. The generous support of COEHD Dean Margo DelliCarpini, Bicultural Bilingual Studies Chair Patricia Sanchez, and the faculty of the Mexican American Studies program, have made the launch party possible.

About the Editors

Born and raised in South Texas, Lead Editor, Dr. Alemán, is an associate professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and Mexican American Studies program at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her B.A. from St. Mary's University, an M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah. She studies mainstream media representations of communities of color, alternative media content produced by communities of color, and manifestations of race, racism, and whiteness in media content and processes. Her work reimagines a more inclusive journalism pedagogy that better reflects the lives and experiences of communities of color. In addition, she is invested in improving the educational experiences of students of color. She draws on critical race theory and Chicana feminism to inform both her scholarship and pedagogy. She is published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Equity and Excellence in EducationReview of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

Associate Editor Dr. Saldaña is from San Antonio, Texas, and is an associate professor of Mexican American studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her B.A. from Boston University in English and international relations with a concentration in Latin American studies, an M.A. in bicultural-bilingual studies, and a Ph.D. in human development and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A decolonial and Chicana feminist scholar in education, Saldaña's research centers on Chicana and Chicano teacher identity and consciousness, with attention to memory as a site of raced and gendered knowledge, identity formation, and pedagogical praxis. Her current research investigates epistemic struggles in Chicana/o schools and communities, particularly around the creation of Mexican American Studies in prek-12 grades. She has published in Latinos & Education, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, and Association of Mexican American Educators Journal.

Gabriella Sanchez is pursuing a Master's in Bicultural Studies in the Bicultural-Bilingual Studies department. Her interests include studying the ways Chicanas use indigenous and non-Western methods for self-care and healing, particularly looking at the ways they engage in expressions of spirituality. She has served as the Graduate Research Assistant to the journal for three semesters. Alixandria Rowe earned her BA in Mexican American Studies in May 2017 and served in the undergraduate work-study position for the journal for two semesters. She plans to pursue a Master's in Speech pathology. Vanessa Sandoval worked as an undergraduate work-study for the journal in Fall of 2017 and continues to support the journal. She plans to double-major in anthropology and Mexican American Studies. Arlette Cruz Perez is an Anthropology major and plans to pursue her Ph.D. She joined the journal staff this spring.  

About Galeria E.V.A.

Located on the South side of San Antonio, Galeria E.V.A. (Ecos y Voces de Arte) operates under the leadership of nationally acclaimed artist Verónica Castillo Salas. To quote Salas, "art is a necessity in the life of every human being, and yet the traditional arts are disappearing." For this reason, E.V.A. serves as a place where community can thrive: By offering lessons, and workshops not limited to sculpture, traditional dance, music, embroidery, painting, wood, carving, handicrafts, and other traditional crafts, kids, youth, and adults can engage with the arts, and understand the role arts play in their personal lives. Additionally, this space serves as a platform that cultivates and augments intellectual skills and contributes to the development of learning abilities with the purpose of preparing participants to become professionals in their community.

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