Long time no post. We’re back from the conference and finished with the Spring 2011 semester. One of our mujeres, Andrea, is in China at the moment and Diana, Marleen and I are in the middle of our summer research internships for the McNair program.
Marianna, Marleen, Diana & Andrea @ CSULB
I’d like to begin by again, thanking the Center for Mexican American Studies for funding our trip to Califas. In particular, a thanks to Dr. Deborah Paredez, interim director of CMAS, who has been one of our biggest supporters. Thank you for taking the time to believe in us! La Colectiva is maturing slowly but surely so thank you for your patience as well. Also, a shout out to our new friends who put on the conference, Conciencia Femenil, who have become our peer-mentors. We hope that we can take all that we learned from you and transform that knowledge into positive action that benefits our community here in Austin.
The conference itself was wonderful. I still can’t believe it happened. We met so many inspiring Latinas from all walks of life, from Chicanas we’ve been reading in our classes like Ana Nieto-Gomez and Emma Perez to poets and writers, researchers, artists, filmmakers, you name it. The mujeres de Conciencia Femenil put together a conference that highlighted the diversity and many talents within the California Latina community. And there there was us, the Texans. :)
We presented our group, La Colectiva Femenil, as a workshop that focused on our experiences as undergraduate Latinas at a primarily white institution and the power dynamics we see and experience with our classrooms. The “workshopping” consisted of audience participation in the “fine tuning” of La Colectiva. We welcomed feedback and advice from our peers who have formed similar groups and hope that we can incorporate these bits of information as we shape La Colectiva.
One of the most important trends that I noticed in the formation of such groups as La Colectiva, is the close mentoring and guidance that seems to accompany them. One more shout out to Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, a faculty mentor to Concienca Femenil, who has supported the mujeres in every way. Even from an outsider’s perspective, it is clear to see that this woman is dedicated and proud of the young women of Conciencia and all of their accomplishments. That being said, we are excited to work with centers such as CMAS and mentors such as Dr. Paredez who will continue invest in our growing group of young women leaders, educators and future mentors.
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