We are a community-centered department born from student, faculty, and staff activism. We are committed to working with UTSA students and the larger Yanawana/San Antonio community to create a socially just world. Our curriculum, research, creative scholarship and service to the community reflect our diasporic, decolonial and intersectional approach toward the study of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality in education, humanities, music and the arts, and the social sciences. We are dedicated to preparing students to be agents of change who will positively transform society. The Department brings together three programs: African American, Mexican American, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. We offer BA and minor in African American Studies; a BA in and minor in Mexican American Studies; and BA and minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. We also offer a graduate certificate in Mexican American Studies. Graduates of our programs are prepared to work in community, educational, academic, non-profit organization, and public service fields. Many continue their education in graduate and professional schools. Our alumni include college professors, lawyers, non-profit leaders, and entrepreneurs.

C. Alejandra Elenes, Ph.D.

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C. Alejandra Elenes, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair

Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

alejandra.elenes@utsa.edu
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Why Study in Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies?

Born from student, community, and university activism, our newly formed department is committed to working with students, community, staff, and faculty to strive toward equality and social justice within the university and society as a whole.

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African American Studies

African American Studies (AAS) complements and adds cultural diversity value to all fields of study and professions. This program helps prepare college students to pursue graduate degrees. Additionally, students engaging in this program will gain insights for working in a variety of professions such as education, business, law, public policy, health care, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

students and faculty at Cesar Chavez March

Mexican American Studies

MAS recognizes UTSA students as agents of Conocimiento, preparing them to critically interrogate the sociopolitical, legal, economic, and social conditions that foster the structural marginalization Mexican American, Chicana/o, and Latina/o communities are subject to, as well as study and appreciate the mechanisms of resistance, perseverance, and cultural traditions and expressions that challenge that oppression.

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Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is a field dedicated to scholarship and research that creates a critical dialogue on the production of knowledge about and related to all women, genders, sexual orientations, and the application of such knowledge to social and political practices and processes. It is an academic field that incorporates disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, multicultural, and/or global perspectives to advance the study and knowledge of women, gender, and sexuality.

Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies Faculty

Sonya Alemán, Ph.D.

Sonya Alemán, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Carolina Arango-Vargas

Carolina Arango-Vargas, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Marco Cervantes, Ph.D.

Marco Cervantes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Rachel Cruz, Ph.D.

Rachel Cruz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

C. Alejandra Elenes, Ph.D.

C. Alejandra Elenes, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Gloria Gonzales, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Veronica Luna, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Sylvia Mendoza, Ph.D.

Sylvia Mendoza, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Marc Perry, Ph.D.

Marc Perry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Mario Salas

Senior Lecturer, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Lilliana Saldana, Ph.D.

Lilliana Saldana, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies Events

MAS Teachers Academy Event Flyer

Jun

17

2024

MAS Teachers' Academy

Virtual

MAS Teachers' Academy: Floricanto

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We appreciate your interest in the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies and extend our warmest welcome to you from the Department.