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Note from the Chair

Roberto Hernández, NACCS Chair, 2021-2022

Estimad@s NACCistas,

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As we approach the Spring equinox and for most a much necessary spring break, we want to relay a number of exciting news and important updates in advance of our upcoming NACCS Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually for a second year now on April 20-23, 2022. As you will read below, we have some announcements of recognition for a few our fellow CCS colegas and their respective accomplishments, as well as some reminders in preparation for the conference.

While we share the sentiment with many of you of wanting to be back in person pa’ compartir and convivir with each of you, platicar and theorize in the flesh, for the time being we say safety first, but with the hope that this time next year we will me making travel plans rather than balancing zoom meeting schedules. That being said, do not forget that although a much-reduced virtual rate, you still need to register for this year’s conference, and encourage others to register as well, as it is one of the few ways that we can continue to keep NACCS afloat during these difficult times. We know several of you have reached out about technical problems with registration and those have since been fixed.

With that, we honor those that we have lost in these three years since we were last together in Albuquerque, we give thanks to those seeds that they planted in each of us, we see and support all those beautiful cosechas emanating in and through the work you each do, and we nourish those new semillas and seedlings to come in the students and mentees of today.

See you en Zoomlandia soon

Spring 2022, No. 47 No. 1

2022 NACCS Book Award

We are proud to announce the winner of this year’s NACCS Book Award: Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of Mexican American Identity in Texas by Philis M. Barragán Goetz (University of Texas Press, 2020). The book unveils the complex history of Spanish-language community schools, or escuelitas, along the US-Mexico border of Texas and New Mexico. As Barragán Goetz explains, these escuelitas were more than just places for resisting hegemonic power(s) of forced assimilation and language control. They were also spaces of negotiation around the domains of race, cultural identity, dual citizenship, and epistemic self-determination. The book’s extensive archival work, detailed mastering of weaving oral history research, and critical genealogical analysis show the nuances implemented by these communities in their everyday engagement and negotiations with power, and the lack of it, around them. Moreover, as Barragán Goetz writes, the book is also “a story about empowered and educated women assuming leadership roles in historically patriarchal communities and a tale of how adults look to their children’s education to manage the problems of their own lives… [and] settled into the idea of becoming Mexican Americans” (3). Reading, Writing, and Revolution contextualizes the long history of struggles around the domains of language and schooling for our Raza, which connects the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Tucson’s ending of Ethnic studies/Mexican American studies program in 2012 and can be extrapolated to the more recent attacks of Critical Race Theory. Barragán Goetz’s work is a beautiful well-writing research narrative of communities consistently adapting to the ever-shifting forces around them, a most read book. Philis M. Barragán Goetz is Assistant Professor of History at the Department of Communication, History, and Philosophy at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Congratulations!

Honorable Mentions

We also want to recognize two honorable mentions (finalists) for the NACCS Book Award this year. Intersectional Chicana Feminisms: Sitios y Lenguas by Aída Hurtado (University of Arizona Press) and La Gente: Struggles for Empowerment and Community Self-Determination in Sacramento by Lorena V. Márquez (University of Arizona Press). They are significant contributions to the understanding of our field, both theoretical, empirical, and pragmatical. Following a long trajectory, Hurtado traces the intersectional nature of Chicana Feminists and again positions women’s experiences (and those around them) as a cornerstone to understanding the field and the more significant implications of oppression and emancipation. Her book weaves together theory and people’s own relationships, legacies, and genealogies to map a set of empowerment sitios where a new world is enacted every day. In La Gente, Lorena V. Márquez shows the emergence of the Chicana/o civil rights history in Sacramento and Northern California during the 1960-70s. However, as she explains, the Movimiento took place beyond the traditional players. It created a network of spaces to embrace everyday life, from school boards to canneries and the takeover of abandoned army posts. Thank you, both of you, for these fantastic books.

Indeed, selecting this year’s NACCS Book Award was an arduous but rewarding task. There were ten extraordinary books nominated. They all manifest a healthy and exciting picture of our Chicana and Chicano Studies field. More than ever, the relevance and importance of our work are evident. All the books were released in 2020 as the COVID 19 pandemic started to show the overwhelming impact on people of color, migrants, and poor communities in the United States and around the world. We were honored to read such beautiful testimonies of our communities’ consistent resiliency and work toward a more just, egalitarian, and diverse world. Thank you to all the nominations and our community of scholars, researchers, artists, cultural workers, and activists. It has been an honor and a pleasure.

2022 NACCS Book Award Selection Committee

Spring 2022, No. 47 No. 1

Antonia Castañeda Prize Winner

Valdes, Leo. “In the Shadow of the Health-Care City: Historicizing Trans Latinx Immigrant Experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic.” US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal, vol. 5, 2021, pp. 32-65.

Leo Valdes is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Rutgers University. Their research spans carceral state history, trans studies, and labor history with a focus on the United States but with an attunement to international dynamics, particularly in the realm of migration and diaspora. An oral history practitioner and scholar-activist, their research is shaped by ongoing conversations and political projects in trans of color communities. Their article “In the Shadow of the Health-care City: Historicizing Trans Latinx Immigrant Experiences during the Coronavirus Pandemic” illustrates an approach to trans history that combines materialist analysis with trans/queer theory and is grounded in the knowledge trans people produce from their social location. Likewise, their dissertation merges disparate scholarly fields to examine the historical evolution of the Black and Brown trans past. Based in the New York metropolitan region and moving away from biomedical themes towards class and race, their dissertation offers a historical account and explanation for the emergence of a distinct trans politics inclusive of radical Black, anticolonial, and prison abolitionist traditions. Leo (also known as Lili), who is proudly trans and Latinx, among other identities, has published an article and reviews in the U.S. Latina and Latino Oral History Journal, The Metropole, and New Jersey Studies

Spring 2022, No. 47 No. 1

Leadership Meeting April 13, 12-1:15pm

In the hopes of fostering proactive leadership for NACCS Caucuses and FOCOs, this year we are hosting a leadership meeting for all current and/or aspiring Caucus Chairs and FOCO Reps. The leadership meeting will be an opportunity to engage with current Board members, as well as to be updated on NACCS processes related to leadership expectations, submitting resolutions, accessing your FOCO and Caucus funds, among other questions you may have. The goal is to help ensure that we have smooth transitions between Reps, Caucus Chairs and Board members as well as create avenues for new leadership. It will be a brief onboarding session and Q&A.

Zoom link: 

Spring 2022, No. 47 No. 1

Foco and Caucus Guidelines: Submitting Resolutions

Deadline for 2022 resolutions: APRIL 6 (14 days before start of annual conference)

All Resolutions emailed to the secretary Robert Unzueta at as word document.

General Guidelines

Resolutions must be submitted through Caucuses and Focos – by the Caucus Chair and/or Foco Representative.

Resolutions must be voted on and approved by members in good standing of the Caucuses and/or Focos, (good standing means paid membership). Resolutions must include a memo with the vote (could be an email vote of the members).

There are two types of Resolutions

  • Changes to the bylaws – which require a ⅔ vote to pass. These resolutions are seldom used, however, it is possible to examine the bylaws and find that changes are needed.
  • Resolutions which affect the bylaws must have a rationale and provide the section of the bylaws to be changed and the language of the modification.

Example 1:

If we wished to amend the days to submit the resolution from 14 to 10, we would provide this information:


Section 2:

Resolutions must be submitted electronically to the NACCS Secretary at least 14 days before the start of the annual national conference. The Board will review each resolution for appropriate guideline procedures, returning resolutions for revision to Focos and Caucuses as appropriate. Focos and Caucuses are solely responsible for editing and submitting resolutions in the correct style and manner.

Resolutions must be submitted electronically to the NACCS Secretary at least 14 days (10 days) before the start of the annual national conference. The Board will review each resolution for appropriate guideline procedures, returning resolutions for revision to Focos and Caucuses as appropriate. Focos and Caucuses are solely responsible for editing and submitting resolutions in the correct style and manner.

All resolutions require justification. Therefore, you must provide a paragraph with reasons why the resolution is being made. It may be stated as a benefit to the membership, or something else that directly affects participation in NACCS by members.

Resolutions addressing issues relevant to Chicana and Chicano Studies and/or our communities. These resolutions must demonstrate that the issues are of national importance, we can not accept resolutions for individual cases, campuses, or individuals.

Example from Resolutions introduced and passed in 2018.

Example 2:


Defending Academic Freedom on all College and University Campuses[1]

No budget or bylaws implications

WHEREAS: Academic Freedom is the central pillar to institutions of higher education. In accordance with the American Association of University Professors statement on academic freedom[4], colleges and universities across the nation are taking a stand against attacks by extremist political forces. Yet, many higher education institutions have not been prepared for repressive attacks on its faculty;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That by April 30, 2018, the NACCS Board in cooperation with the Northern California Foco state its nationwide college and university support for the AAUP Policy on Academic Freedom in a letter embracing the “1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure with 1970 Interpretive Comments”[5];

Information to include on Resolutions

Name of Caucus chair and/or Foco Representative with contact information (cell phone and email address).

Name of Resolution

Indicate whether the resolution has bylaws or financial implications (each of these must be explained and justified).

If a resolution asks for a letter, the person submitting must provide a draft of said letter and the address(es) for circulation.


Contact: Your At-Large Representative or the Secretary (

Link to Resolution Template

Deadline for 2022 resolutions: APRIL 6.

Conference 2022: Plenaries and Highlighted Panels


Opening Plenary

Thursday, April 21, Noon – 1:20 PM

50 Years of Leadership: A Discussion of Need, Challenges, and Change

  • Maria Gonzalez, Program Chair and Chair-Elect.
  • Reynaldo F. Macias, 1975-1976 NACS Coordinator & 2004-2006 NACCS Chair.
  • Tatcho Mindola, 1988-1990 NACS Coordinator.
  • Luis Torres, 1993-1995, NACCS Coordinator.
  • Julia E. Curry Rodriguez, 1999-2000 NACCS Coordinator and NACCS Executive Director.

Chicana Plenary

Saturday, April 23, Noon-1:20 p.m. PST

Demanding Space: Chicana and Lesbian/LBMT Caucuses Decentering Patriarchal Heteronormativity within NACCS

  • Nancy “Rusty” Barceló. NACCS Scholar 2012.
  • Sandy Soto.  University of Arizona.
  • Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz. Trinity University
  • Anita Tijerina Revilla. Los Angeles State University.
  • Yvette J. Saavedra. Chicana Caucus Co-Chair. University of Oregon
  • Millán, Isabel M illán . Chicana Caucus Co-Chair. University of Oregon

Student Plenary/Cervantes Recipients


Highlighted Panels

3.1 Historians talk about NACCS

  • Camarillo, Al. Stanford University.
  • Orozco, Cynthia. Eastern New Mexico University. “History of Chicanas in NACCS, Origins to 1990s.”
  • Gonzalez, Deena. Gonzaga University.

6.1 Roundtable: Climbing While Lifting: The Perils and Promises of Leading NACCS

  • Castañeda, Mari. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • DeSoto, Aureliano M. Metropolitan State University.
  • Green, Susan. California State University, Chico.
  • Guerrero, Carlos Reyes. Los Angeles City College.
  • Pendleton Jimenez, Karleen. Trent University.

8.1 Roundtable: Que Viva La Joteria: Past, Present, & Future of Queer & Trans Latinx Activism

  • Hernández-Toledo, Briceida. University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Orozco, Roberto C. Rutgers University – New Brunswick.
  • Rodríguez Lemus, Jr., Gabriel. The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Santillana Blanco, José Manuel. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
  • Chair: Tijerina Revilla, Anita. California State University, Los Angeles.

11.1 Roundtable:  50 Years of Activist Scholarship: Memory, Indigeneity, Professional-Political Identity, Mentoring, and a Planned Collaborative Project


  • Zamora, Emilio. NACCS Scholar.
  • Carrillo, Teresa. San Francisco State University.
  • Flores, Estevan. University of Colorado, Denver (retired).
  • Hernandez, Ines. University of California, Davis.
  • Hurtado, Aida. NACCS Scholar.
  • Trujillo, Larry. University of California, Santa Cruz (retired).

13.2 Chicana Scholar Activists Today: Building Bridges from Community to Academia

  • Riojas-Clark, Ellen. The University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Cantu, Norma. Trinity University. 
  • Saldana, Lilliana. The University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Estrada, Olga. The University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Moderator: Orta-Puente, Kristel. Southern Methodist University.

14.1 From Proceedings to Book Manuscript: Developing Your Work with the Editorial Team at NACCS

  • Linda Heidenreich, Washington State University.
  • Kristen Buckles, University of Arizona Press.
  • Isabel Millan, University of Oregon.

Resolution Template

Resolution Template Below

  1. Contact Person Name:
  2. Phone and Email:
  3. From: Foco/Caucus
  4. Date:

Bylaws Implication: Yes No [if yes, follow guidelines]

Financial Implications: Yes No [if yes, provide justification and monetary amount at the bottom of the resolution]


WHEREAS: text;

WHEREAS: text;

WHEREAS: text;

WHEREAS: text;

BE IT RESOLVED: That the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) text/action; and be it further

RESOLVED:       That the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) text/action; and be it further

RESOLVED: That National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) distribute this resolution to list recipients if warranted;

[Insert name and address, phone, email],

RATIONALE: Italicized Text Italicized Text Italicized Text Italicized Text

If Bylaws implication explain here.

If financial implication is true, describe here.