2015 Summer Institute Website Launched

Posted June 14th, 2015 by la Webjefa

The website for the 2015 MALCS Summer Institute at UNM is up! The address is institute.malcs.org

Here you can find information on registration, lodging and options for getting to Albuquerque. The site will be updated as the information is made available by the Site Committee.

If there is information you need, or if you have suggestions, please contact the Site Committee at malcs2015unm@gmail.com

2015 Summer Institute Update

Posted May 16th, 2015 by la Webjefa

Preparations continue for the 2015 MALCS Summer Institute, to be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.We are very excited about this year’s Institute and it’s theme of “Honoring Our Intersectionality, Honoring Our Migrations Roots/Routes.”

The UNM Summer Institute artist is Gabriela Hernández who has created this beautiful poster. Downloadable posters for distribution are available here.

Here are some important updates:

  • If you submitted a proposal for the 2015 SI, decisions will be completed before the end of the month and you will be advised via email.
  • The UNM Summer Institute website will be coming soon with information on off-and on-campus housing, as well as online registration.
  • Registration fees for the 2015 Summer Institute have been set at:
      • members $125
      • non-members $175
      • students $50
      • community $25/day

CFP: 2015 MALCS Summer Institute at UNM

Posted March 24th, 2015 by la Webjefa

In honor of the intersectionality of our lives and our whole selves, the 2015 MALCS Summer Institute at the University of New Mexico invites proposals that showcase the work we as activists, artists, community members and scholars create. In this way, we honor the intersectionalities of all parts of our research, movement building work, community organizing and varied educational experiences.


Please send a 250-word abstract to the following e-mail address: malcs2015unm@gmail.com

In addition, please let us know if you will need any audio/visual equipment.

Deadline: April 19, 2015

More information here

CFP: 2015 MALCS Summer Institute Writing Workshop

Posted March 4th, 2015 by la Webjefa

Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social invites your participation at its MALCS Summer Institute Writing Workshop at the University of New Mexico, July 29 to August 1, 2015. Two sessions focusing on academic articles will take place on Wednesday, July 29, and Friday, July 31, 2015.

Those interested in participating must submit electronic copies of a letter of application and a final draft of a manuscript by June 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm to Josie.MendezNegrete@utsa.edu. This two-day workshop has space for no more than ten participants who are current paid members of MALCS and who must register for the Summer Institute.

More information about the MALCS Summer Institute Writing Workshop can be found at http://www.malcs.org/summer-institute/summer-institute-writing-workshop/

SAD NEWS: Camille Guérin-Gonzales

Posted February 24th, 2015 by la Webjefa


With much sadness, I write of the passing last night of historian Camille Guérin-Gonzales, in Madison, Wisconsin.

As many of us remember, Camille helped found MALCS, was active during a stint spent at UC Davis and later, while on the faculties of UCLA (founding member of what is now the Dept. of Chicana/o Studies there), Colorado/Boulder, and Madison. She provided insights at our many gatherings about class, labor, especially women’s labor, and wrote passionately about these subjects in comparative perspective (as noted in her bio below).

After facing bravely and courageously a life-threatening illness, she and her partner, Susan Johnson, also of UW-Madison, lived married life fully and joyfully. Please remember Susan, their three adult surviving children, many grandchildren, and one great grandchild that Camille was able to meet on her last trip to California, in your blessings, prayers, and ceremonies. Please bring your memories or photos of Camille to MALCS/Albuquerque in late July and we can celebrate her life there, too.

Deena J. González


     Camille Guérin-GonzalesCamille Guerin-Gonzales

     Biography (September 2014)




Camille Guérin-Gonzales is Professor Emerita of History at UW-Madison. She joined the faculty of the Chicana/o Studies Program in 2001, and became director of the program in 2003. During her years as director, the Chicana/o Studies Program became the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program and attracted 15 new faculty affiliates. As a result of this redesign and growth, over the next half-decade, the average number of students pursuing a Certificate in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies increased by more than 250 percent, from about 3 each year to about 16 each year. In addition to her work with the Program, she also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Chair of UW’s Department of History.

Professor Guérin-Gonzales received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Riverside, in 1985. Before arriving in Madison, she taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, at Oberlin College, and at the University of California, Los Angeles. At the University of Colorado, she served as Faculty Advisor to El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), and at Oberlin she was Faculty Advisor to La Union de Estudiantes Latinos. At UCLA, she was among the six founding faculty of the new César Chávez Center for Interdisciplinary Chicana & Chicano Studies (now a full-fledged department) established in 1996. She also served as Chair of that unit.

Professor Guérin-Gonzales has centered her research, teaching, and service on labor and working-class history and on the history of race and nationalisms. She is the author of Mexican Workers and American Dreams: Immigration, Repatriation, and California Farm Labor, 1900-1939, and the coeditor of The Politics of Immigrant Workers: Essays on Labor Activism and Migration in the World Economy. In recent years, her scholarship has focused on the comparative history of coal mining communities in Appalachia, South Wales, and the U.S. Southwest. For that work, she received grants and fellowships from the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from the Ford Foundation. Before her retirement, she taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level on U.S. labor and working-class history, on social movements, on comparative race and nationalisms, on Chicana/o and Latina/o history, on immigration history, and on the history of the U.S. Southwest. She has spoken to community audiences gathered by humanities councils, labor unions, student organizations, and Latina/o advocacy groups. In addition to her many professional affiliations, she is a founding member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), and of the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA).

Beyond all of this, Professor Guérin-Gonzales is the mother of three adult children, the grandmother of seven, the great-grandmother of one, and the spouse of Professor Susan Johnson, who is also a faculty affiliate of the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program. Professor Guérin- Gonzales is a manita from northern New Mexico, and her life’s work has been dedicated to an understanding of difference and power in all their complexity, and to the pursuit of social justice that flows out of that understanding.

MALCS Webjefa job position

Posted May 27th, 2014 by la Webjefa

MALCS Webjefa job position

MALCS seeks a volunteer webjefa to manage our website (www.malcs.org). The Webjefa is appointed by the Executive Committee, is a member of the Coordinating Committee, and serves for 3 years with possibility of reappointment.


Primary responsibilities

*Maintain, update, and manage the MALCS website. Specifically, the Webjefa will:

  • Perform regular maintenance including updating specific webpages as needed, deleting outdated content, and adding new content as directed by the Executive Committee.
  • Look for and fixes errors, repairs broken links, making certain that all pages are correctly formatted, and other basic upkeep.
  • Create new webpages as directed by the Executive Committee that may include forms, menus, tables, frames, graphics, and other elements as needed.
  • Maintain the website structure and organization including backing up the website, deleting unused files and organizing directories.
  • Make recommendations for design changes to the website as needed


*Serve on the organization’s Communications Team with the MALCS Chair-­‐elect and the Administrative Coordinator.

  • The Communications Team is tasked to develop and recommend to the Executive Committee a strategic and implementation plan to ensure a stable and vibrant community employing communication technologies.


*Coordinate Chicana/Latina Studies journal webpage updates with the Lead Editor(s) or her/their designee.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience Desired

  • Webpage design experience and knowledge of good web design (including accessibility)
  • Website maintenance experience
  • Familiarity with WordPress platform or other comparable platforms
  • Ability to communicate technical information to a non-­‐technical audience
  • Ability to take direction and work following feminist principles
  • Ability to work independently and organize workflow efficiently

Other Requirements

  • Your own computer with necessary software and hardware
  • Attendance at monthly virtual meetings with Coordinating Committee

Work Location: Anywhere

Time Commitment: 3-­‐4 hours/week on average, with 8-­‐10 hours during membership drives and lead up to annual Summer Institute

Application packet

  • Letter of interest which includes information on past webjefa experience
  • Resume
  • Webpage portfolio


Please send application materials to Dr. Nohemy Solórzano-­‐Thompson, Communication Committee Chair (nohemy@malcs.org) with the subject line WEBJEFA APPLICATION – “your last name”


Application review begins June 16th; open until filled.

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: MALCS Writing Workshop @ 2014 SI (July 30- Aug 2)

Posted April 11th, 2014 by la Webjefa


Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social invites your participation in the Writing Workshop at the 2014 MALCS Summer Institute at Northern New Mexico College.


One Writing Workshop will be held this summer:

1) The Academic Article, July 30 and Aug. 1

BOTTOM LINE: The deadline for submission for the Academic Article is postmark June 25, 2014.

WHEN: July 30 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. and Aug. 2 at 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Participants may arrive on Tuesday July 29, but must contact the Site Committee to arrange housing.

FOR QUESTIONS: Contact Karen Mary Davalos kdavalos@lmu.edu

WHAT FOR: Feminist collaboration for publication!


The Writing Workshop is one of the Journal’s formal methods of creating a feminist editorial process. Following the spirit and mission of MALCS, the journal’s editors offer the workshop in order to energize through collaboration, programmatically link scholarship and leadership, and institutionalize mentorship. Participants bring their work-in-progress and depart with clear recommendations for meeting criteria of Chicana/Latina Studies, specific direction about revision, and first-hand knowledge about our feminist editorial production process.

To create an intellectual community, prior to the workshop, participants read and commented on the material of the other writers. Attending both two-hour sessions (the first on Weds. July 30, and the second on Friday Aug. 2) is required.


WHY: It really works!

Past participants who have been published in the journal are: Dora Ramirez-Dhoor (5:1), Rosalia Solorzano Torres (5:1), Ann Marie Leimer (5:2), Patricia Trullijo (6:1), Carmelita “Rosie” Castañeda (7:2), Marivel Danielson (7:2), M. Bianet Castellanos (8: 1 & 2), Rosa Furumoto (8: 1 & 2), Irene Mata (10:2), Ella Diaz (11:1), Marci R. McMahon (11:1) and more!


WHO: The editors encourage applications from writers at all professional levels, including tenured or mid-career professors.

Due to the goals of the workshop, we cannot accept submissions of dissertation chapters. Dissertation chapters are not suited for the workshops since the dissertation style, genre, and goals are distinct from those of the academic article. Ideally, graduate schools and faculty should offer the type of mentorship offered in MALCS Writing Workshops. Facilitators of the workshop strongly urge dissertation writers to demand, negotiate, and mobilize for such support.


HOW MANY: The workshop has space for 8 participants, who must register for the Summer Institute and be current MALCS members. Proof of membership is required.


FINE PRINT: Acknowledge the labor of others who assist your development.

Although participation does not guarantee publication, the information and experience facilitates the submission and double-blind-peer review process. Our track record speaks for itself—see above partial list of workshop participants who have been published in the journal.

Although MALCS supports the publication activities in other venues, it cannot misappropriate the labor of its editors. Therefore, participants are required to sign an agreement that guarantees the journal’s Right of First Review of the material developed through the workshop. The agreement allows authors to compensate participants and editors for their labor and guarantees that the author will formally submit the work to Chicana/Latina Studies for consideration of publication. It also requires the author to acknowledge the assistance of the participants if the work is published elsewhere. The Right of First Review is understood as an aspect of feminist practice, accountability, and leadership and scholarship.



The Academic Article: A Writing Workshop

DEADLINE: Postmark of hardcopy package: June 25, 2014.


FOR QUESTIONS: Contact Karen Mary Davalos kdavalos@lmu.edu

WHERE: Postal and email of documents to


Dr. Josie Méndez-Negrete

University of Texas at San Antonio / Downtown Campus

501 West Cesar E. Chavez, DB 4.346

San Antonio, Texas 78207- 4415


Email: Josephine.MendezNegrete@utsa.edu



Please submit a cover letter describing the project and the author’s goals for publication (audience, timeline, etc.), the author’s contact information for various media and technology or the lead author’s contact information, and one copy of the scholarly article of 5,000 words or 25 pages (not including tables, notes, or references). All submissions must conform to the journal’s style (Chicago Manual of Style with in-text author-date system) and the text must be double-spaced.


Also send the package via email.


FOR QUESTIONS: Contact Karen Mary Davalos kdavalos@lmu.edu