Browse Exhibits (6 total)

"Gloria E. Anzaldúa presents Nos/Otras: Making Multi-cultures and Alliances"


Gloria E. Anzaldúa presents Nos/Otras: Making Multi-cultures and Alliances as the 1994 JDA Feminist Studies Speaker, Southwestern University

"Rostros y Almas/ Faces and Souls": A Photography Exhibit


In 1992 photographer Mary Jessie Garza and co-curators Mary Visser and Lupita Barrera Bryant sought to create an exhibit that displayed the work of Latina women throughout Central Texas. This is the original exhibit display of the 31 photographs of the women paired with portrait descriptions. It debuted at the 1992 Brown Symposium held at Southwestern University, titled "Discoveries of America." This campus event recognized the Quincentennial of Columbus' arrival to the Americas. According to the 1992 Winter Southwestern Quarterly, the symposium featured a "range of academic disciplines who discussed interconnected meanings of America." The exhibit discussed Columbus'  lasting effect on the various peoples of the Americas that were and are marginalized by the history of colonization. The original physical exhibit remains on permanent display in the F.W. Olin Building at Southwestern University. In order to raise awareness about the presence and work of Latinas in Central Texas and on the campus of Southwestern University, this exhibit has been digitized to create more accessibility to the public. It was the Latina History Project's goal to preserve the integrity and entirety of the original exhibit. 

2017 Borderlands Symposium, Dr. Norma E. Cantú

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2017 is the second year of the Borderland's Symposium at Southwestern University. It is presented by Latin American & Border Studies with major support from Feminist Studies, The Latina History Project, the Office of Diversity Education, and the Mellon Inclusive Pedagogy Grant. Dr. Norma Elia Cantú is a prominent Chicana/o and Latina/o cultural studies expert, award-winning educator, and author of 10 books and numerous other publications on topics such as U.S.-Mexican folklore, Chicana feminisms, and Latinas/os in STEM. She currently serves as the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Endowed Professor in Humanities at Trinity University. Her scholarly works include the award-winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera (University of New Mexico Press) and Entre Malinche y Guadalupe: Tejanas in Literature and Art, co-edited with Inés Hernández Ávila (UT Press). Co-sponsors for the 2017 symposium include: Sociology & Anthropology, Paideia, Special Collections, Office of Student Life, English, History, Political Science, and Spanish.

A Look Behind the Scenes of the "Rostros y Almas/ Faces and Souls" Photography Exhibit

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This exhibit displays materials related to planning and preparation for the the 1992 "Rostros y Almas/ Faces and Souls" exhibit curated by Mary Visser and Lupita Barrera Bryant, featuring the photography of Mary Jessie Garza. There are a total of 31 women who were a part of the exhibit who contributed many pages of writings on their works and professions.

All of the women in the exhibit are Latina women who have made a significant difference to their respective communities. Their professions vary from piñata maker to television producer, but each one of them showed interest in the project and found themselves the subjects of an exhibit that is still on display on the second floor of the F.W Olin building at Southwestern University today.  This exhibit highlights original notes and other primary source materials from the creators and the participants. 

Another component of the exhibit includes the process in which the 1992 Brown Symposium was created. Within the Symposium was the Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture and other events that dealt with race and gender. 

There are some materials in the physical collection pertaining to the history of this exhibit that contain sensitive and restricted information, such as personal information about exhibit subjects, that are not included in this digital project. These materials include memoranda, faxes, correspondence among exhibit organizers, and subjects' resumes and biographical information.

An Evening with Dolores Huerta


Southwestern University welcomed the influential and highly respected activist Dolores Huerta to campus on Thursday, January 18th, as part of our “Remember, Honor and Act – MLK50” celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy.

Dolores Huerta is an activist and labor leader who has dedicated her life to fighting discrimination and improving social and economic conditions for farm workers, immigrants and women. She has positively impacted the lives of many, achieved multiple honors throughout her lifetime, and still actively pursues her passions at the age of 87.

Terri Johnson, Assistant Dean For Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern says, “I wanted the students to have the opportunity to meet a living Civil Rights Legend. So much of the work of the Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice centers on Social Justice, Environmental Justice and Human Rights which embodies what Dolores Huerta represents. We are truly honored to have Dolores Huerta bring her story and her powerful voice to the Southwestern University community.”

Dolores Huerta’s amazing life story resembles the plot of a movie, complete with drama, suspense, conflict, violence, and romance. Her lifelong passion for civil rights and equality led her to create the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) and to co-found what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). This same passion also led to her being arrested a total of 22 times (for peaceful protests), and being beaten nearly to death with a baton by police officers during a protest in San Francisco (she later won a settlement which she used to benefit farm workers). In 1968, she stood beside Robert F. Kennedy moments before he was shot inside the Ambassador hotel in L.A. (he died the next day from his wounds). She also led a highly publicized and ultimately successful grape boycott, and coined the famous phrase Sí, se puede (Spanish for “Yes, it is possible” or, roughly, “Yes, one can”) during her famous friend Cesar Chavez’s 25-day fast in Phoenix, Arizona in 1972.

Dolores has won too many awards and honors to name, including:

  • Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award
  • United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights 1998
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • First Latina inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame 1993
  • Awarded the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship in 2002
  • Recognized as one of the ’100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century’ by Ladies’ Home Journal
  • Received an honorary degree from Princeton University in recognition of her numerous achievements May 2006
  • Jane Addams Distinguished Leadership Award

Dolores was married and divorced twice, and has 11 children.

A Life of Many Accomplishments

Born in 1930 in New Mexico, Dolores’ parents divorced when she was three and she moved with her mother and two brothers to Stockton, California. Her mother Alicia Chavez was well-respected in the community, involved in civic affairs and organizations. Dolores describers her as a “very intelligent woman and a very gentle woman” and credits her with giving her the foundation for her non-violent, strong spiritual stance.

In high school, Dolores was active and involved in many activities including girl scouts, although she experienced firsthand the way Mexican Americans, especially farm workers, were treated. Once, a teacher accused her of cheating by stealing another student’s work, which she believed was racially motivated.

Her passion for helping farm workers continued after she earned her teaching certificate and began teaching elementary school. She hated to see her students, many of them the children of farmers, coming to school hungry and without shoes. “I thought I could do more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children.”

In 1955, she helped Fred Ross start the Stockton chapter of the Community Services Organization (CSO), a grassroots group that worked to end segregation, discrimination and police brutality and improve social and economic conditions of farm workers. In 1960, she co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association.

Through her work with the CSO, she met and became friends with then Executive Director Cesar Chavez. They bonded through a shared passion for helping farm workers, and co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.

In 1965, she directed the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee’s national boycott during the Delano grape strike, which resulted in the California grape industry signing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the UFW in 1970.

Southwestern was thrilled to offer an exceptional opportunity to hear directly from one of the most influential activists of our time. The event, which was free and open to the public, was sponsored by:

  • Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice
  • Kappa Delta Chi
  • Office of Diversity Education
  • Diversity Enrichment Committee
  • Jessie Daniel Ames Endowed Lecture in Feminist Studies
  • Latin American & Border Studies

Date: Thursday, Jan. 18th, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Olin Building on the Southwestern Campus (link to map)

Room 105

Tickets: Free and open to the public

For additional information on this event contact Terri Johnson, Assistant Dean For Student Multicultural Affairs, at


Oral Histories


Chicana Feminist Thought, History and Spiritual Activism