MALCS Summer Institute


Shash Yázhí Charley, President of Eagle Evolution Consulting, and Beata Tsosie-Peña, Environmental Health & Justice Program Coordinator of Tewa Women United, at the MALCS 2014 first plenary in NNMC’s Cutting Hall, titled “Women, Environments and Homelands in Northern New Mexico.”


With lectures, workshops, seminars, and various social activities, the Institute is designed to challenge us intellectually by sharing work and ideas; it creates an informal space for socializing and networking, and offers a safe space to present early work for discussion and development. The institute is a unique and creative space from which we emerge energized and ready to engage the world again.


MALCS is open to all Chicana, Latina, Afro-Latina, Asian-Latina and Indigenous women and gender non-conforming people working toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/Latina & Native American women’s issues. This includes faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members. If you are interested in joining us, please see our membership page or drop us a line. Please note that you must be a member in order to attend the summer institute; you can register for both at the same time, if necessary, though the fees are collected separately.

Writing Workshop

Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social annually sponsors a writing workshop at the Summer Institute. The MALCS Summer Institute Writing Workshop is one of our formal methods of creating a feminist editorial praxis in the publication of work by and about Chicanas/Latinas. The workshop follows the spirit and mission of MALCS, and it is designed to create a publishing community with the aim of energizing knowledge production through collaboration and institutionalized mentorship. More information here.

Past Institutes

UNM2015 logo 
Honoring Our Intersectionality, Our Migration Roots/Routes July 29-August 1, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM // Site Chairs: Alma Rosa Silva-Bañuelos and Rosa Isela Cervantes
NNMC2014 logo 
Mapping Geographies of Self: Woman as First     Environment July 30-August 2, Northern New Mexico College, El Rito, NM // Site Chairs: Rusty Barceló, María Dolores Gonzales, Patricia Trujillo
2013 Poster_web
Aquí Estamos!/We Are Here!: Movements, Migrations, Pilgrimage and Belonging
July 17-20, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH // Site Chair: Theresa Delgadillo
 2012 Canvas bag with MALCS original design 2012 
Todos Somos Arizona: Confronting the Attack on Difference July 18-21, University of California, Santa Barbara // Site Chair: Aida Hurtado
2011 Against Fear and Terror: Una Nueva Conciencia Sin Fronteras August 3-6, California State University, Los Angeles // Site Chair: Dionne Espinoza Image for 2011 MALCS Summer Institute
2010 * National Conference Cancelled to Honor Boycott of SB1070 *Arizona MALCSistas quickly reorganized to create the Arizona State MALCS Conference “Derechos Humanos: (Re)Claiming Our Dreams Across Contested Terrains” Arizona State University, Phoenix, July 21-24
2009 2009 logoThe Border as Mirror: Negotiating the View From Here July 22-25, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces // Site Chair: Monica Torres
Mujeres (Re)member: Creating Spaces of (Be)longing Across Latinidades and Indigenismas July 30 – August 2, University of Utah, Salt Lake City // Site Chair: Dolores Delgado Bernal
2007 Among Women, Between Nations Entre Mujeres, Entre Naciones August 2–4, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus // Site Chair: Eden Torres
2006 Transfronteras, Geographies & Generations
August 3-5, University of California at Santa Cruz // Site Chair: Felicity Schaeffer Gabriel Site coordinators: Felicity Schaeffer-Grabiel, Susy Zepeda, Elisa Diana Huerta, Rosa-Linda Fregoso, Aida Hurtado, Pat Zavella, Olga Nájera-Ramírez, Norma Klahn, Gabriela Arredondo, Catherine Ramírez, Rosie Cabrera, Roberta Valdez, Xochitl Chavez, Susy Zepeda, Sandra Alvarez, Cindy Bello, Gloria Moran
2005 “Sabiduría y Acción:” La Fuerza de las Mujeres August 4-7, University of California at Berkeley // Site Chairs: Adriana Ayala & Cristina Perez
2004 Cyber Imaginaries: Decolonizing the Future August 6 – 8, University of Washington, Seattle // Site Chairs: Rusty Barceló & Magdalena Fonseca Site committee: Laura Avila, Crystil Barragan, Andrea Gamboa, Angela Ginorio, Gabriela Gutierrez y Muhs, Linda Heidenreich, Elizabeth Salas, Yvonne Sanchez, Anita Sitio, Cecilia Valenzuela
2003 Reflexiones y Visiones: MALCS Building the Future August 10-13, San Antonio, Texas // Site Chairs: Norma Cantú & Gaye Okoh
2001 ¡Activismo! Académicas, Artistas, Científicas y más…August 2-5, California State University, Northridge // Site Chair: Mary Pardo
2000 University of California, Davis // Site Chair: Adaljiza Sosa Riddell
1999 Los Recuerdos del Porvenir/Remembrances of Things to Come August 12-15, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis // Site Chair: Rusty Barceló & Carmen A
1998 University of California, Santa Cruz // Site Chair: Kathy Blackmer-Reyes
1997 Solidaridad: Collaborating Across Identities, Communities & Boundaries July 30 – August 3, University of Colorado, Boulder // Site Chair: Elisa Facio
1996 California State University, San Diego
1995 Heterogeneity of Chicana Feminism: Problems and Possiblities August 16-19, University of California, Davis // Site Chair: Adaljiza Sosa Riddell
1994 University of Illinois, Chicago // Site Chair: Irene Campos-Carr
1993 August 14-15, University of California, Santa Barbara // Site Chair: Denise Segura
1992 Resistance and Celebration: La Fuerza de las Mujeres August 1-5, University of California, Berkeley // Site Chair: Julia Curry
1991 Laredo State University // Site Chair: Norma Cantú
1990 University of California, Los Angeles // Site Chair: Angelina Veyna
1989 Santa Clara University // Site Chair: Alma Garcia
1988 July 19-31, University of California, Davis // Site Chair: Adaljiza Sosa Riddell
1987 Ethics July 27-31, University of California, Davis // Site Chair: Adaljiza Sosa Riddell
1986 Violencia y la Mujer August 21, University of California, Davis // Site Chair: Adaljiza Sosa Riddell
1985 Sexual Politics July 22, University of California, Davis // Site Chair: Adaljiza Sosa Riddell