Friday, March 23, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Academic Department of Ethnic, Gender, and Transborder Studies in Tucson, Arizona

What should be self-explanatory here is that this new academic Ethnic, Gender, and Transborder Studies (EGTS) Department was conceived in—of all places—Arizona.  But then Arizona is also the place that revived the Ethnic Studies movement that first originated in the late 1960s and early 1970s during the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.   Today, it is spreading like wildfire throughout the Southwest and various other places in the U.S.  I have blogged quite a bit on this.

Dr. Francisca James Hernandez is the chair of the Department that owes itself to her unflagging efforts—alongside the many others listed and acknowledged below—to bring it to fruition.  Felicidades, Dr. James Hernandez, for this amazing development at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

Clearly, the state-led campaign against the immigrant and broader Mexican and Indigenous community is having the opposite effect of what is clearly intended, that is, to marginalize and disenfranchise this population.  When will those in power see that all of this movement is in the best interest of the state as a whole?  

I'm headed there myself on May 7-8, 2018.  I will be keynoting on May 7 for their annual EGTS summit.  So proud of the great work of our friends and colleagues in Arizona.

-Angela Valenzuela

Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, announces the founding of a new, academic Department of Ethnic, Gender, and Transborder Studies (EGTS) as of Fall 2017. EGTS offers an interdisciplinary study of the histories, cultures, socioeconomic concerns, politics and identities of people of color and people of multiple genders and sexualities on their own terms. Students explore the stories, social movements, diasporas, and achievements of historically marginalized peoples in the United States while attending to transborder and global perspectives.
EGTS currently consists of four disciplines: American Indian Studies, Global/Transborder Studies, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Mexican American Studies. The department also houses the sociology program.
Pima College offers an EGTS Concentration in the Liberal Arts- Associates of Arts for Transfer, which requires just five courses-15 credits- from the four disciplines. Courses may be taken in any combination of the disciplines or in just one discipline.
This concentration encourage students to learn current theories about the intersectionality and social construction of ethnicity, race, class, gender, and sexuality while scrutinizing traditional assumptions in order to better understand themselves and their society and to make enlightened choices. It prepares students to become agents of change in their communities, in institutions, and in the world on behalf of social justice.

Ethnic, Gender & Transborder Studies Work Group Members (March 2018)

Sophie Alves
Yira Brimage
Olga Carranza
Seana Chaves
Roberto Cruze
Rosanne Couston
Suzanne Desjardin
Juan DiArte
David Dore
Yolanda Gonzales
Gabriel Antonio Higuera
Francisca James Hernandez
Cassondra Jones
Andrew Kachur
Hilda Ladner
Cecelia Lewis
Lorenzo Lopez
Laura Milkins
Lorraine Morales
Anna Ochoa O'Leary
Jessica Pacheco
Bardo Padilla
Gregory Redhouse
Dianna Repp
Christopher Rodriguez
Mike Rom
Laurie-Ann Schultz
Rosalia Solorzano
Sandra Shattuck
Marcos Trujillo
Alisha Vasquez
Darla Zirbes

With the support of Chancellor Lee Lambert, JD, and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Dolores Duran-Cerda

For more information about the department and its offerings, please contact Department Head, Dr. Francisca James Hernandez,, 520-206-7034.
Francisca James Hernández, Ph.D. | she, her, hers, ella, suya
Head, Dept. of Ethnic, Gender & Transborder Studies 
Faculty, Anthropology Program
Downtown Campus * Pima Community College
1255 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85709 * 520.206.7034 office * 520.206.7044 fax

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