Honoring Latina Researchers
During the Women’s March AnniversaryBy Mariel Buque, M.A., January, 2018
On January 21, 2017, millions of people marched and gathered across the U.S. to join the women-led Women’s March on Washington. The movement brought together individuals of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities and backgrounds to the nation’s capital to proclaim the collective message of resistance and affirmation. The march was organized to recognize women’s intersecting identities and the social justice and human rights issues that have impacted women at all intersections, including, of course, Latinas.
Several Latina researchers played a critical role within the march and within the general movement towards gender-based equity. During this one-year anniversary of the Women’s March, Latina Researchers Network pays homage to our fellow Latina researchers that took on the roles of organizers, promoters, and social researchers on gender-based justice.
In This Photo: Carmen Perez speaks onstage during the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Jan. 20, 2017 – Source: Theo Wargo/Getty Images North America)
We start our list with Carmen Perez, a Mexican-American/Chicana who along with being one of the main organizers of the Women’s March, has also dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today’s important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equality, violence prevention, racial healing, and community policing. Carmen is the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, an organization that focuses on building a movement to end child incarceration while working to eliminate the racial inequities in the criminal justice system that enliven mass incarceration.
In This Photo: Dr. Nayeli Chavez- Dueñas (Jan. 2018 – Source: Nayeli Chavez- Dueñas)
Another Latina who lives and breathes advocacy is Dr. Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas who is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she leads the Latinx Mental Health program. Her research focuses on colorism, skin-color differences, parenting styles, immigration, unaccompanied minors, and race relations. Dr. Chavez-Dueñas is a Mexican immigrant luchadora who embodies social justice in every aspect of her work.
In This Photo: Dr. Marie Lucia Miville (Jan. 2018 – Source: Marie Lucia Miville)
Dr. Marie Lucia Miville is a Colombiana-Americana, psychologist, and professor at Teachers College, Columbia University who promotes privileging the voices of women who lie at the intersections of race and gender. In her speech during the 2016 Winter Roundtable Conference, a conference that focuses on cultural psychology and educational practices, Dr. Miville reminded the attendees that there can be “No rest for the #Nasty,” and added that we have to actively resist the oppressive forces that seek to undermine our humanity: “resistance is not futile, in fact it is essential to individual, family, and community health and well-being.”
In This Photo: Jessica González-Rojas (Jan. 2018 – Source: National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health)
Jessica González-Rojas, the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, understands building and mobilizing on a grassroots and national level all too well. This Puertorriqueña-Paraguayense’s mission is to build Latinx power to ensure health, dignity, and justice for our community. Jessica breaks down silos within various social justice movements to ensure an intersectional approach to reproductive justice and human rights that is centered around the lived experiences of communities most impacted and address to the root cause of social inequities in our country.
We celebrate these Latina researcher-advocates for so fiercely helping to produce the groundwork of promoting equality for women across the nation and globe. They make us proud Latinas!!