Beyond Boundaries, housed in the Ethnic Studies program at Northern Arizona University, provides students, faculty, and community members with the opportunity to experience, collaborate, make media and discuss border crossings and disruptions, decolonial praxis, identity, and community formations across multiple borderlands. Beyond Boundaries is conceived as a campus-community initiative that will bring speakers, activists, media makers, and artists to the NAU campus and beyond with the hopes of inciting dialogue, transformation and creating the possibilities for shifting research paradigms. I founded and directed the project between 2015-2016.
Currently on hiatus, entre nosOTR@S is an Arizona based collective that creates community embedded events in collaboration with Chicana/Latina/Indigenous women and gender non-conforming artists. We foster critical dialogues around gender, sexuality, race, class, and cultura across borders. Founded in 2012 with my students from a Gender and Borderlands I taught at ASU and in collaboration with committed feminist faculty from across the University, we co-produced several events between 2013-2015. Click here to view a 3 Day Series Event dedicated to Chicanaartivism, Música, and Dialogue.
Quetzal Co-op is based out of the NAHUACALLI – A Cultural Embassy of Indigenous Peoples that supports local-global holistic indigenous community development initiatives in accord with the principle of Community Ecology and Self Determination, the co-op sells just trade whole-bean locally roasted coffee.
Chicana M(other)work is a concept, project, and collective informed by our specific gendered, classed, and racialized experiences as first-generation, working class, Chicana-identified, PhD mamas from Mexican immigrant families. Chicana M(other)work offers a new interpretation of motherwork that looks at care work in a way that includes what we do in our communities through activism, self-care, healing, survival, and accountability. Together, as the Chicana M(other)work collective, we theorize, write, organize, mother, and create spaces for communal healing and care out of our shared belief that the labor of mothering is a transformative act within and beyond academia. Our collective work includes collaborative academic writing and digital media projects.
Son Jarocho Collective
We are a collective of inter-generational students from Arizona who are learning the tradition of Son Jarocho music. Through Fandango, we hope to build community, share our common culture, and our stories. Click here to see the video thanking sponsors for supporting our successful crowd funding campaign.
AZ Ethnic Studies Network
AZ Ethnic Studies Network is a statewide network of educators and concerned individuals who are participating in regional groups to educate the public about Ethnic Studies and why it is a necessary part of educating Arizona students to be critical thinkers prepared to work in an increasingly complex global society.