Welcome and Chair’s Message
Dear MALCS Members,
Welcome to the MALCS 2021 Summer Institute (Virtual SI), Abriendo caminos, abriendo corazones: Renewing Mind, Body, and Spirit in the Time of COVID. Temporarily moving to a virtual format, the MALCS Executive and Coordinating Committees are pleased to bring you a wonderful week of programming meant to bridge the distance by bringing love, healing, and community to you—wherever you are. Fraught with loss, sadness, and worry—exacerbated by continued social injustice, social inequity, and political unrest, the pandemic and its accompanying uncertainties wreaked havoc on our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
This year’s theme Abriendo caminos, abriendo corazones: Renewing Mind, Body, and Spirit in the Time of COVID is meant as a moment of self-reflection and healing. A time to come together as a community, albeit virtually, to check in with each other and see that although the uncertainties of the last year knocked us down, we not only persisted, but we have thrived.
We are excited to present a week of sessions and events presented in a virtual format. These sessions were organized by MALCS Caucus Representatives in coordination with the Executive Committee and are open to all MALCS members. We kick off the week with an Opening Reception and Book Session. With sessions on ancestral healing, graduate and early career mentoring pláticas, a Chicana/Latina Studies Journal publishing workshop, Indigenous COVID Activism, a discussion addressing anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community, a session engaging LBTQ Identities, and a workshop on feminist archival practices, the week’s programming illustrates the diverse voices and interests of our MALCS members. We close the week with the presentation of the 2021 Tortuga Award and a Virtual Pachanga hosted by Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, featuring poetry and musical performances by Rusty Barceló, Verónica Sandoval, and Dizzy Jenkins.
Because the 2021 Virtual SI is unlike any other we have held before, here are some key things to keep in mind.
- MALCS Membership:
- While there is no registration fee for our virtual SI, a current MALCS membership is required to receive the links to all sessions. Complete your MALCS membership at https://malcs.org/membership/
- The deadline to renew your membership is July 16, 2021
- If you encounter any issues with your membership, please contact MALCS Membership Coordinator, Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover student membership fees. See the email from MALCS Treasurer, Sandra Pacheco, for more information
- Consider donating or sponsoring someone’s membership at https://malcs.org/giving/
- Don’t forget to register for the conference. Remember, there is no fee, but we need your membership to the organization to be active and have your email address on file. Take the opportunity to log into your MALCS account and double check/update your contact information at https://malcs.org/membership/
- 2021 MALCS SI Registration:
- The 2021 MALCS SI Registration link is https://malcs.wildapricot.org/event-4280955
- Check out the 2021 SI Virtual Program for session/panel schedule and details on speakers and topics at https://institute.malcs.org/2021
- Sessions are open to all current MALCS members. We ask that you do not share the Zoom links with those who are not members of the organization
- Check the schedule for Caucus meetings at https://institute.malcs.org/2021
- MALCS Member Accomplishments:
- Don’t forget to share your membership accomplishments with the MALCS community at https://forms.gle/FK6LSxtcV9kFipST6
We hope that the 2021 MALCS Summer Institute will help heal and nourish our minds, bodies, and souls. If you have any questions about the SI please email us at email@example.com.
On a more personal note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to serve as your MALCS Chair for the past two years. During my time as chair, we were able to bring to fruition the AfroLatinx Caucus, we organized professionalization workshops, revised and updated the MALCS Bylaws, as well as worked to make MALCS a space reflective of the diversity of our growing membership. Despite the financial consequences of the COVID pandemic, and thanks to generous donations from MALCS members, we were fortunate enough to fund numerous scholarships and have made significant strides in developing the organization. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of the Executive and Coordinating Committees. I feel very fortunate to have worked with such wonderful, committed, and strong people. Thank you for your support y que viva MALCS!
Yvette J. Saavedra, Ph.D.
MALCS Chair, 2019-2021