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Scholarship


Women's Studies Institute Undergraduate Scholarship


Criteria:   


Essay:   

  1.  3-5 page paper related to women's studies.  Applicant's name should only be listed on the first page of paper.
  2.  200 word statement on how you will contribute to women's issues in your chosen profession


Application deadline : FEBRUARY 15

$500 award --- 2019-2020 academic year


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WHM 2018 Schedule

Nevertheless, We Persist.


WHM Mission Statement

Our mission is to recognize and celebrate women's contributions and causes by providing space for educational events from a feminist perspective, promoting a commitment to diversity, and aiming to achieve social justice and women's empowerment.


Download the Women's History Month 2018 Brochure


Friday, March 2

Brew It Up

ITC-Downtown

6-8 PM

Brewing Up Texas: Women in the Industry

The institute continues its Brewing Up Texas exhibit programming by calling on Girls Pint Out to facilitate a discussion with women brewers, brewery owners and beer industry executives. Participants include Mahala Guevara, vice president of operations at Big Bend Brewing Co.; Erica Teague, owner and assistant brewer at Cactus Land Brewing Co.; Caroline Piazza, Craft Brand Development Manager, GLI Distributing; Anna Kilker, owner of Guadalupe Brewing Company; coordinators of the Girls Pint Out events; members of the San Antonio Cerveceros; and curators of the exhibit. Must be 21 and up. Free with UTSA student ID.


Tuesday, March 6

12:30-2:30pm

Opening Program and Reception

Ballroom 1, HSU 1.104

Erika Prosper Nirenberg- Keynote Speaker

Come and help the Women's Studies Institute celebrate its fifteenth anniversary of hosting Women's History Month at UTSA.

As the Director of Customer Insights for H-E-B, Erika Prosper Nirenberg leads a team charged with helping guide the development of H-E-B's strategic vision and operational efforts.
Growing up as a migrant in the Rio Grande Valley, Erika now holds a Masters in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, a B.A. in Plan II Liberal Arts, and a second Bachelor's of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the 2018 Chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, having served on its Executive Board for 6 years, and is also a member of the H-E-B Corporate Diversity Council and Health and Literacy Task forces and a former board member of Say Si. Her passion revolves around efforts to help improve quality of life among undeserved populations through female empowerment, arts, education and literacy.


Anel I. Flores - 2018 Women's Advocate of the Year

Anel I. Flores, is the editor of the forthcoming anthology by Korima Press, Jota. She is author of Lambda literary award nominated book Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. Flores was born and raised in South Texas between homes in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. Tejana, lesbiana, writer and artist earned her BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing. Her play, Empanada, has been produced at multiple venues including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, MACLA in San Jose, CA, MECA in Houston, the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, the University of Texas, Trinity University and at national art festivals. Flores' fiction can most recently be found in Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art with UT Press (2016), Jota with Korima Press (2016), Queer Spiritualities, Korima Press (2016), Raspa Magazine: Spring/Summer Issue (2013), Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas with Korima Press (2012), El Mundo Zurdo with Aunt Lute press (2010) in Sinister Wisdom 74 (2008), Rooted: A Queer Women of Color Anthology (2008), iungo Arts Magazine (2007), the Lodestar Quarterly (2005), The Pitkin Literary Review (2004), La Voz de Esperanza (2004 & 2006), Mother Tongues: A Literary Exchange Anthology (2003), Revolution (2002), Scarcely Scholarly (1997), and the University of the Incarnate Word's Literary Anthology, Quirk (1995). Currently she is working on her novel Cortinas de Lluvia, and two children's books.

In addition to her work as a community artist, activist and writer, she worked for 15 years as an educator and administrator in San Antonio's public schools, and also curated and facilitated many creative arts partnerships. Her awards include The Nalac Fund for the Arts, The Accion Women Inspiring Women 20 x 20 Award, the Mentorship and Leadership Initiative Award from the National Performance Network, a nomination for the Lambda Literary Awards, 1st Place in the Cooper-Hewitt Community Design Competition, awarded Valedictorian of the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program, and the Constance Allen Heritage Guild for Lifetime Learning Award. She is an alumni of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Leadership Institute, a Member of Sandra Cisneros' Macondo Writer's Workshop, the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua, the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber. While not working in the arts, Flores uses her creativity and skill to run her boutique Real Estate company A&N Realty and contributes to her community as the Co-Founder and Community Input Director & Treasurer of LezRideSA (a community fitness coalition offering a safe space for queer community exercise), a member of the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Pride Center and a graduate of Leadership San Antonio, Class of 39.

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Wednesday, March 7

6:30-9 pm

Denman SU 2.01.28

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio is a documentary that follows the lives and careers of four south Texas Tejana singers from the 1940s to the 1970s. It offers insight into the struggles and triumphs they faced as women in a male-dominated industry. The director, Jorge Sandoval, followed these women over a number of years and documented their stories as a testament to their strength, talent, and resilience. He will speak following the presentations. Co-sponsored by Department of History.

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Spring Break March 12-16


Monday, March 19

12-12:50pm

HSU 1.102 (Bexar Room)

 Dr. Kinitra Brooks, Ricardo Romo Endowed Chair

Searching for Sycorax: A Book Launch for Dr. Brooks' Latest Work on Black Women's Horror Literature

Dr. Kinitra Brooks, the Ricardo Romo Endowed Chair, will discuss her new book, Searching for Sycorax: Black Women's Hauntings of Contemporary Horror, published by Rutgers University Press. Her book highlights the unique position of black women in the horror genre as both characters and creators. Dr. Kinitra Brooks is the Ricardo Romo Endowed Chair of the Honors College, an Associate Professor of English, and the Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record as well as the Founding Editor of the Black Speculative Digital Archive.


Wednesday, March 21

4PM

Travis Room - HSU 2.212

Josie Mendez- Negrete a reading of her book A Life on Hold

For more than twenty years Josie Méndez-Negrete has endured the emotional journey of watching her son Tito struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness. Méndez-Negrete depicts the evolution of the disease from her perspective as a parent and by relating Tito's own narrative, illuminating the inadequacies of the US mental health system and the added burdens of addiction and blame. Through the author, Tito paints a vivid picture of his lived experiences and everyday traumas to show how his life and the lives of his loved ones have been impacted by mental illness.


Thursday, March 22

5:30pm

SAWS Headquarters

"Can We Talk?... About Women and Philanthropy"

Can We Talk? Invites President and CEO of Girls Inc. San Antonio, Lea Rosenauer to speak about women and philanthropic development. For ticket information, please contact can_we_talk_sa@yahoo.com


Friday, March 23

3:00pm

Travis room HSU 2.202

Dr. Chelsea Wentworth

Women, Feasting, and Children's Food Security in Urban Vanuatu

Dr. Chelsea Wentworth will examine women's roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children's food insecurity in urban areas of Vanuatu. Vanuatu, a South Pacific Island nation, currently experiencing high rates of childhood malnutrition related to household food insecurity, with the highest incidence of malnutrition in children under five occurring in the urban capital of Port Vila. Drawing on feminist qualitative research methods, Dr. Wentworth demonstrates that one method children employ to cope with food insecurity is by eating at lafet, or special occasions of community feasting. Data presented by her demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives conjoining anthropological, biomedical, and public health to better research and address the challenges presented in the study of food insecurity and feasting in urban Vanuatu. Co-sponsor Department of Anthropology. 


Friday, March 23

12pm

MH 2.02.06

Dr. Annette Portillo a reading of her book Sovereign Stories

In Sovereign Stories, Annette Angela Portillo examines Native American women's autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative. She argues that these "sovereign stories" and "blood memories" not only reveal the multilayered histories and identities shared by each author, but demonstrate how their narratives are grounded in ancestral memory and land. These autobiographies recall settler-colonialism, deterritorialization, and genocide as the writers and activist-scholars reclaim their voices across cultural, national, and digital boundaries. Portillo provides close readings of memoirs, life stories, oral histories, blogs, social media sites, and experimental multigenre narratives including those by Delfina Cuero, Ruby Modesto, Leslie Marmon Silko, Pretty-Shield, Zitkala-Sa, and Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins.


Tuesday, March 27

4 PM

MH 3.02.24

Judge Linda Harrison

The Balance of Power: Challenge, Courage, and Change

Judge Linda Harrison, the first African American female appointed to hold a full-time appointment as Municipal Court Judge and Magistrate for San Antonio, will give a lecture on The Balance of Power: Challenge, Courage, and Change. Often times meeting new challenges professionally requires a woman to prepare to face new skills, and obstacles. Women need ideas on how to successfully meet these challenges. African American women and other women need avenues for courage building. How do you handle the change, where does this take you? Hosted by the African American Studies Program.


Wednesday, March 28

5-7 PM

JPL Faculty Center

WPASA Mixer

Women's Professional Advancement and Synergy Academy (WPASA ) Spring mixer on Wednesday, March 28th 5-7pm. The WPASA is dedicated to supporting cross-section of women in higher education in developing their careers. It focuses on building professional talents, enhancing leadership skills, developing a pipeline of university collaborations and partnerships, and creating opportunity for mentor/sponsor relationships.


Thursday, March 29

4pm

MH 2.01.10

Stephanie Lumsden

Dispossession and Incarceration: California Indians and the Prison Regime

Lumsden's project seeks to flesh out the relationship between the prison industrial complex and settler colonialism. She is interested in discussing the ways in which settler relationships to land facilitate an economy that depends on the incarceration of millions of people. She is focused on articulating the value of land while centering Native epistemologies of belonging and responsibility. Lumsden also seeks to explore how the dispossession of Native women in particular makes incarceration possible and what this means for abolition politics. 


Thursday, March 29

5:30 7:30 p.m. 

Peter T. Flawn Science Bldg. 3.02.01

Rhonda M. Gonzales, Tara Schwegler, Kelly Nash, Ann Eisenberg, and Amanda Williams will discuss their experiences in higher education highlighting their individual backgrounds and perspectives. The panel aims to cultivate an empowering atmosphere in exploring how the professors navigate the world of collegiate teaching. The event will be hosted by Women in Leadership.


Call for Proposals

El Mundo Zurdo 2018: Borderlands
Call for Proposals


The Society for the Study of Gloria E. Anzaldúa seeks submissions of proposals for papers, panels of 3-4 papers, roundtables, workshops, or performances for El Mundo Zurdo 2018' Borderlands: An International Conference on the work and life of Gloria E. Anzaldúa.


We welcome proposals involving all facets of Anzaldúa’s life and work in recognition of the wide-ranging impact of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza over the past 30 years. The following tracks are merely suggested conceptual groupings for panel and performance presentations:

 

 




DEADLINE: November 30, 2017 

Proposers will be notified of acceptance after December 31, 2017


Call for Proposals


Proposal Submission Form


For more information, email ncantu@trinity.edu or lmercadolopez@csufresno.edu




El Mundo Zurdo 2018: Borderlands
Convocatoria


 

La Sociedad de Estudios sobre Gloria E. Anzaldúa (SSGA) convoca a la comunidad internacional a enviar sus propuestas de 3 o 4 ponencias, mesas redondas, talleres, o performances para el Congreso Internacional El Mundo Zurdo 2018-Borderlands sobre la vida y trabajo de Gloria Anzaldúa.


 

Se aceptan propuestas sobre cualquier aspecto de la vida y trabajo de Gloria Anzaldúa que aborden el amplio impacto de Borderlands/La Frontera en los Ãltimos treinta años. Las siguientes líneas de estudio a tratar son meras sugerencias de agrupamientos conceptuales para los paneles y presentaciones:

 


 

 


 

Fecha límite de entrega sin excepciones: 30 de noviembre de 2017

Las cartas de aceptación se enviarán a partir del 31 de diciembre de 2017


Convocatoria


Subir Propuesta Aquí


Para preguntas y más información, enviar un correo electrónico a: ncantu@trinity.edu y lmercadolopez@csufresno.edu


 

About Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Anzaldúa was born in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas on September 26, 1942, to Urbano Anzaldúa and Amalia Anzaldúa née Garcí­a. Gloria Anzaldúa’s great-grandfather, Urbano Sr., once a precinct judge in Hidalgo County, was the first owner of the Jesús Marí­a Ranch on which she was born. Her mother grew up on an adjoining ranch, Los Vergeles (“the gardens”), which was owned by her family, and she met and married Urbano Anzaldúa when both were very young. Anzaldúa was a descendant of many of the prominent Spanish explorers and settlers to come to the Americas in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and also had indigenous descent. The surname Anzaldúa is of Basque(Spanish) origin.

Anzaldúa began menstruating when she was only three years old, a symptom of the endocrine condition that caused her to stop growing physically at the age of twelve.As a child, she would wear special girdles fashioned for her by her mother in order to disguise her precocious sexual development. Her mother would also ensure that a cloth was placed in Anzaldúa’s underwear as a child in case of bleeding. Anzaldúa remembers, “I’d take [the bloody cloths] out into this shed, wash them out, and hang them really low on a cactus so nobody would see them…. My genitals… [were] always a smelly place that dripped blood and had to be hidden.” She eventually underwent a hysterectomy to deal with uterine, cervical, and ovarian abnormalities. Reflecting upon her illness, she announced: “I was born a queer.”

When she was eleven, her family relocated to Hargill, Texas.[3] Despite feeling discriminated against as a sixth-generation Tejana and as a female and despite the death of her father from a car accident when she was fourteen, Anzaldúa still obtained her college education. In 1968, she received a B.A. in English, Art, and Secondary Education from Pan American University, and an M.A. in English and Education from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, she joined politically active cultural poets and radical dramatists such as Ricardo Sanchez, and Hedwig Gorski.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English from the then Pan American University (now University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Anzaldúa worked as a preschool and special education teacher. In 1977, she moved to California, where she supported herself through her writing, lectures, and occasional teaching stints about feminism, Chicano studies, and creative writing at San Francisco State University, the University of California, Santa Cruz, Florida Atlantic University, and other universities.

She is perhaps most famous for co-editing This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981) with Cherrí­e Moraga, editing Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color (1990), and co-editing This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation (2002).

She also wrote the semi-autobiographical Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987). She was close to completing the book manuscript, Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality, which she also planned to submit as her dissertation. It has now been published posthumously by Duke University Press (2015).



Gloria Anzaldua


Dates:
September 26, 1942 - May 15, 2004
Occupation: poet, writer, activist, theorist, teacher
Known for: pioneer of Chicana/lesbian/feminist theory


Awards

Additionally, her work Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza was recognized as one of the 38 best books of 1987 by Library Journal and 100 Best Books of the Century by both Hungry Mind Review and Utne Reader.

In 2012, she was listed as one of the 31 LGBT history “icons” by the organisers of LGBT History Month.[20]


 


 

About the Society

Two years after Anzaldúa's untimely death in 2004, the Society for the Studey of Gloria Anzaldúa (SSGA) was born to provide a space for students, scholars and communities to come together to continue with Anzaldúa's vision and passion. In 2007, UTSA’s Women’s Studies Institute (WSI) became the SSGA's academic home. 


El Mundo Zurdo

Since 2009 SSGA and WSI have co-sponsored the El Mundo Zurdo conference in hopes that others may

enjoy celebrating the life and work of one of our Tejana sisters, whose words have touched the world.  The conference is hosted every 18 months, alternating between November and May.  

The world has changed in the years since we established the SSGA: our community resists the vicious attacks on Ethnic Studies and on Latin culture and literature, through such as the legal actions in Arizona and other states. We yearn for the transformation of our society and of our world so that indeed no one will die, no one will suffer, no one will be considered less because of the color of her/his skin, sexuality, language, culture, or place of origin. So, we continue our work remembering Anzaldúa's dictum to do work that matters. 

El Mundo Zurdo was created in response to the current climate in our country and in the world, bringing together scholars, artists, performers, community activists and students to share their vision of transformative social action.  Without the scholars and students whose continued engagement with Anzaldúa's work energizes and gives SSGA life, without the community's desire to remember and keep Anzaldúa's life and work at the center of much needed work for social change, SSGA would not exist. El Mundo Zurdo would not exist.

The Organizing Committee: Norma Alarcón, Norma E. Cantú, Antonia Castañeda, Anel I. Flores, Christina Gutiérrez, Larissa Mercado-López, Carolyn Motley, Elvia Niebla, Elsa C. Ruiz, Sonia Saldí­var-Hull, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz

Contact Us

Women’s Studies Institute


Multidisciplinary Studies Building, 3.01.14

Phone: (210) 458-6277

Fax: (210) 458-6279

Email: carolyn.motley@utsa.edu



                  

 



 

The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua Newsletter

 Established in 2005 and housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa (SSGA) provides a place for scholars, students, and community to come together with the intention of engaging in the continued study of intellectual and spiritual work of Chicana feminist Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa.


The SSGA is the brainchild of Dr. Norma Cantu, award-winning author and professor of English and U.S. Latina/o Literature at UTSA. Her works include Papeles de mujer (novel), Champu: or Hair Matters (novel), and Meditacion Fronteriza: Poems of Life, Love and Work (poetry). The SSGA is housed in the UTSA Women’s Studies Institute (WSI).


The Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua Newsletter

Newsletter Archive

Newsletter Archive


 


 

Internships


WS 4933. Internship in Women’s Studies. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Supervised experience relevant to Women’s Studies. May be repeated once for credit, but no more than 3 semester credit hours will apply to the Women’s Studies major. (Formerly WGS 4933.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Course Fees: LRH1 $10; STSH $15.


Internship Agreement, Release, and Indemnification Form


Internship Time Sheet


For further assistance regarding internships, please contact:

Dr. Annette Portillo, Women's Studies Internship Coordinator

annette.portillo@utsa.edu

Phone:  (210) 458-6277


 



 

Resources

Book Catalog

WSI maintains a catalog of books available for check-out by UTSA students and faculty. Drop by WSI at MS 3.01.14 to checkout a book.


Video Catalog
WSI has a catalog of videos available for
check-out by UTSA faculty. UTSA students can watch in our new video viewing room.
Drop by MS 3.01.14 or call us at 458-6277 to reserve a time for viewing.


Helpful Links
The National Women's Studies Association: http://www.nwsa.org
Feminist Majority Foundation - Job Listings: http://www.feminist.org/911/jobs/joblisting.asp
The Artemis Guide to Women's Studies in the U.S. http://www.artemisguide.com

Minor in Women’s Studies

All students pursuing a Minor in Women's Studies (WS) are required to complete 18 semester credit hours.

For more information, visit The University of Texas Undergraduate Catalog.


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies

The Women's Studies Major provides students with the opportunity to examine the social, historical, political, and cultural experiences of women and men from an interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis on cross-disciplinary research methods enables students to pursue a theoretically-informed understanding of women and issues of gender and sexuality in diverse U.S. and global cultures and across time.          


The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.


All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements.


For more information, visit The University of Texas Undergraduate Catalog.



 

Welcome

Welcome to our Women's Studies Institute website where you can reflect on our many accomplishments over the years.


The Women's Studies Institute is developing in many unique ways. Unlike most Women and Gender Studies programs or Women's Studies research centers across the nation, we currently function as a student-center and community outreach institute. We are the home for one of Texas's newest majors in Women's Studies. This identity allows us to center our efforts on research, curriculum, and community engagement in exciting and important.


We sponsor lectures and conferences, host Women's History Month celebrations, and develop a research agenda that provides an intellectual and social climate for faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers and scholars in Women's Studies.


We seek to forge working relationships with the larger San Antonio community, particularly on issues relating to the development of women's leadership in the 21st Century. The WSI will explore collaborative partnerships with community organizations to distribute information and foster dialogue on issues of concern to working class women.


In the tradition of feminist methodologies, WS students are required to have a service learning component in their studies, offering students a chance to work with women's organizations throughout the community of South Texas.



Background


In April 2007, the major proposal in Women's Studies, drafted by Women's Studies Advisory Committee (WSAC) chaired by Dr. Sharon Navarro, was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Women's studies is officially listed in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog and has been growing since our conception.


UTSA is one of the top five Hispanic-serving institutions in the U.S., and we at the WSI are committed to establishing a Women's Studies program that recognizes our location in South Texas. Alongside the flourishing minor in Women's Studies, our major track in Women's Studies seeks to strengthen the curriculum at UTSA, improve student enrollment and retention rates among the campus large population of minority and nontraditional students, and nurture leadership among female students and faculty.


Next on our agenda, the WSAC will propose a graduate certificate and an M.A. degree.  All three programs will continue to foster and further establish the culture of women-centered scholarship already present on the UTSA campus.



Faculty and Staff


Dr. Sonia Saldivar-Hull
Executive Director
Sonia.Saldivarhull@utsa.edu

 


Dr. Sonia Saldivar-Hull is our executive director of The Women's Studies Institute, and Professor of English at UTSA. Dr. Saldivar-Hull published Feminism on the Border: Chicana Gender Politics and Literature, and she's the co-editor of El Mundo Xurdo 2 and 3 published by the top feminist press Aunt Lute. She also has published many powerful essays such as the "Critical Introduction" to the second edition of Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Dr. Saldi­var-Hull is from El Rio Grande Valley, Tejas, and she's a mera mera in the Chicana/o Studies field. She has dedicated her academic life highlighting the previously silenced artistry of Chicana authors, such as her feminist inspirations Sandra Cisneros and Helena Mara Viramontes. Dr. Saldi­var-Hull is best known for her mentorship and dedication to her students. Many of her students are currently in tenure or tenure-track teaching positions across the country, and continues to inspire future generations of underrepresented students in higher education.



Dr. Annette Portillo

Associate Professor

Annette.Portillo@utsa.edu


Dr. Annette Portillo is the undergraduate advisor of record (UGAR), Assessments Coordinator and Internship Coordinator for the Women’s Studies Program and Women’s Studies Institute. Dr. Portillo published Sovereign Stories and Blood Memories: Native American Women’s Autobiography (University of New Mexico Press, 2017) and multiple interdisciplinary articles in high venue presses. Her research focuses on life stories, testimonios, pedagogy and autobiographies by women of color. She received her B.A. in Literatures in English from the University of California, San Diego and her M.A. & Ph.D. in English from Cornell University with an emphasis in Native American and Chicana Literature and Culture. She has taught comparative ethnic studies courses at Mount Holyoke College, Oberlin College and Nevada State College where she developed the Ethnic Studies Program. Her pedagogical approach is one that is engaged as she values each student’s expressions and emphasizes collective dialogue. She strongly believes in “practicing testimonio” in the classroom as it becomes a site for consciousness-raising as well as a space for healing. And throughout her academic career she has prioritized teaching and mentorship of underrepresented and underserved populations. She is currently serving as an academic coach for first generation students – with whom she shares her own experiences as a first-gen student and now faculty member. Dr. Portillo is also a member of the Consortium for Social Transformation, African American Studies Advising Committee and is an affiliated faculty member with the Mexican American Studies and American Studies Programs. She is currently working on a developing a major in Indigenous Studies.





Carolyn Motley
Administrator
Carolyn.Motley@utsa.edu


 




Megan Elizabeth Nieto

WSI Instructor


Megan Elizabeth Nieto is a PhD candidate studying English at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include multiethnic literature, film, and performance; transnational feminisms; and reproductive health. She has taught a variety of English courses, including rhetoric and composition classes, surveys of American literature, and literary criticism and analysis, as well as English as a Second Language. She is currently teaching Introduction to Women's Studies and Feminism and Globalization. She earned her master's degree from Texas A&M International University and was a recipient of the Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship. She recently attended the Decolonizing Knowledge and Power summer school in Barcelona.





Dr. Susana N. Ramirez

WSI Instructor


Dr. Susana N. Ramírez is a nepantlera visionary, scholar, educator, and promotora-researcher of Indigenous ways. She is a first-generation Chicana college student who recently earned her Ph.D. in English (2016) and teaches Women and Gender Studies courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Ramírez’s research broadly speaking, examines feminists and queer people of color who use transnational and decolonial spiritual activisms as a means of personal, social, and environmental transformation. She calls these complex, fluid, porous, changeable, and multidimensional personal (local) and collective (global) strategies, nepantlerX cosmologies. Dr. Ramírez published “Recovering Gloria Anzaldúa’s Sci-Fi Roots: Nepantler@ Visions in the Unpublished and Published Speculative Precursors to Borderlands,” as part of a refereed journal and anthology on Latinx speculative literature, film, and popular culture. She also has a refereed chapter in El Mundo Zurdo 6, an anthology by feminist publisher Aunt Lute Books of revised conference proceedings from the 2017 International Conference on the Life and Work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa. Dr. Ramírez calls south Los Angeles, San Antonio, Tejas, and México her homes, and currently lives with her five pets and partner. 





Anissa Lopez

WSI Intern


Anissa Lopez is currently a senior, pursuing a degree in Women’s Studies. She hopes to go on to grad school in Spring 2019 to pursue a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, with the hopes of being able to help queer youth in her community. She is originally from the Rio Grande Valley but currently resides in San Antonio. She is the leader and co-founder of the Bisexual/ Pansexual Caucus within the LGBTQIA organization Spectrum at UTSA. The caucus aims to educate and provide a safe space for queer students, regardless of gender and sexual identity. Anissa can be seen volunteering around the San Anto community, at concerts, or around the city with a camera in her hand.





Tanya Speed

WSI Intern


Tanya M. Speed is a senior and an undergraduate in the Honors College working towards a degree in Women’s Studies and English. She is set to graduate at the end of the fall 2018 semester. Her future plans include pursuing her M.A. in English before seeking a doctoral degree in Cultural or Ethnic Studies. 



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