We are a group of five mother-scholars who identify as Chicana-Indigena, Chicana, Chicana/Xicana/Latina, and Afro-Chicana.

Cecilia Caballero, Ph.D. Candidate

University of Southern California, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity

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Cecilia Caballero is an Afro-Chicana single mother of one, poet, essayist, speaker, and educator who is completing her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. She also earned BAs in English and Chicanx Studies from UC Berkeley after transferring from Los Medanos College. Her dissertation focuses on narratives of mothering, sexuality, activism, and spirituality in contemporary Chicanca/Latina and BIPOC literature and cultural production. As a teaching artist, Cecilia designs and facilitates poetry workshops for BIPOC folks to cultivate communal spaces of storytelling and healing and she has taught workshops for Parenting for Liberation, the University of Arizona, East Los Angeles College, CSU Humboldt, MiraCosta College, and elsewhere. Her creative work has been published or is forthcoming in Raising Mothers, The Acentos Review, Third Woman Press, Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, Star*Line Magazine, Dryland Magazine, and elsewhere. Cecilia is a 2021 Authentic Voices fellow with the Women’s National Book Association, a 2021 Tin House scholar, a 2021 Voices of our Nation (VONA) fellow, and a 2021 Macondista. She is currently working on a full-length manuscript and several other creative writing projects. Follow her on Twitter: @la_sangre_llama and Instagram @bookworm_por_vida.

Yvette Martínez-Vu, Ph.D.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Yvette Martínez-Vu is a Xicana Mother-Scholar who works as an academic coordinator, consultant, and editor. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California to immigrant parents from Jalisco and Sonora, Mexico. Dr. Martínez-Vu has a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA. Her research areas include Chicanx and Latinx feminist performance, devotional images and objects, and intersectionality in motherhood studies. Dr. Martínez-Vu has over nine years of experience advising undergraduates, organizing academic conferences, and presenting her research. While she currently serves as the Associate Director to the UCSB McNair Scholars Program, she previously worked as an advisor for the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center and graduate mentor for the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.  She has organized regional and international conferences, including USC and UCLA’s Hemispheric Institute “Experimental Collectivities” Convergence. She has presented at national conferences including the American Studies Association (ASA), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Dr. Martínez-Vu is also the recipient of various awards, including the IUPLR Mellon Fellowship, Ford Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, a multi-year UC Cota-Robles Fellowship, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Dr. Martínez-Vu is the co-founder of two activist collectives, including the multi-institutional Chicana Motherwork collective and Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA group. Dr. Martinez-Vu also hosts her own Grad School Femtoring podcast and provides freelance academic consulting services and products for undergraduate and graduate students.

Judith C. Pérez-Torres, Ph.D.

University of Utah, Educational Leadership and Policy

Dr. Judith C. Pérez-Torres is an first-generation Chicana scholar and teacher born and raised in the Los Angeles area to immigrant parents from Mexico. She is a mother of three- Luna (7), Tino (5) and Joaquín (3), all born during her ABD status. Her children are the three main reasons she was able to push through and complete the doctoral program. Judith entered the CSU system as an undergraduate receiving her B.A. in Human Communication with a Minor in Service Learning Student Leadership and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. Her research interests include exploring Chicana/x & Latina/x racialized educational experiences, First Year Experience, Chicana feminist thought, Latina/o Critical Theory (LatCrit), Critical Race Service Learning, the K-20 educational pipeline, and university-school-community engagement. She has published in journals such as InterActions, Culturally Engaging Service-Learning, Critical Race Theory, and Cases in Educational Leadership. Judith enjoys teaching and learning from all her students- from undergraduates to graduate students, and aims to instill the importance of equitable education through a CRT lens to improve the education experiences for students of color. She is currently an adjunct teacher at CSU Fullerton in the Department of Educational Leadership and the Office of First Year Experience.

Michelle Téllez, Ph.D.

University of Arizona, Mexican American Studies; Assistant Professor

Dr. Michelle Téllez, single-mother to a 13-year old daughter, is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in Community Studies, Sociology, Chicana/o Studies and Education, writes about identity, mothering, transnational community formation, cross-border labor organizing, gendered migration, autonomy and resistance along the U.S./Mexico border. Dr. Téllez has published in several book anthologies, and in journals such as Gender & Society, Feminist Formations, Aztlán, Chicana/Latina Studies, and Violence Against Women. She has also written for Truth Out, The Feminist Wire, Latino Rebels and Mujeres Talk. In her twenty years of community engagement and activism, she has been involved in multiple projects for change at the grassroots level utilizing critical pedagogy, principles of sustainability, community-based arts, performance, and visual media. Dr. Téllez is a founding member of the Chicana M(other)work Collective and the Binational Artist in Residency project. She is on the editorial review board for Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, on the executive board of directors for the Southwest Folklife Alliance and is the Faculty Fellow for the Guerrero Student Center. A graduate of UCLA (B.A, 1996), Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A, 2000) and Claremont Graduate University (Ph.D., 2005), Dr. Téllez was a dissertation fellow in the department of Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2004-2005) and a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2007-2008). The recipient of various national fellowships, teaching and research awards, she most recently was awarded the Tucson Public Voices Fellowship for 2017-2018. You can find out more about her work at: www.michelletellez.com

Christine Vega, Ph.D.

University of Denver, IRISE Postdoctoral Fellow

Dra. Christine Vega earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) Social Science and Comparative Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2019. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Utah's (U of U) School of Education, Culture, and Society (ECS) in 2012, B.A.'s in Chicana/o & Gender Women Studies from UCLA in 2007, and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) in 2004. Born and raised in Pacoima California, she is a proud San Fernando Valley grassroots community scholar, deeply impacted by the rich historical, communal, and spiritual collectives that shaped her trajectories. Therefore, she is a community based mother-scholar-activist merging academia, activism, and spirituality in her pedagogy and research. Her research focuses on Motherscholar Activism(s) and their everyday movidas, as  Chicanas/xs, Latinas/xs, and Indigenous Motherscholars enrolled in Ph.D. programs in U.S. Southwest universities.  As a graduate student, Dra. Vega co-founded Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA and the Chicana M(other)work collective. Dra. Vega is an IQRMI-ADS, AAHHE, and CDIP Fellow and has published with UCLA's Regeneración Tlacuilolli, InterActions UCLA Journal of Education & Information Studies, and QSE. She is currently completing a Diversity Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship with the School of Education at Colorado State University-Fort Collin's (CSU) with Los Caminos Program working closely with first-generation Latinx & Indigenous femtors/mentors at CSU and co-teaching Culturally Relevant Pedagogies at Fort Collins High School. Dra. Vega will begin her new position with the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) and the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE) at the University of Denver, Fall 2020. Dra. Vega is a skilled rascuache designer, artist, and creative who loves to read BIPOC and WOC literature, drink delicious freshly roasted coffee, and enjoy a good laugh with comadres and friends. More on Dra. Vega, visit her Linkedin.