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
Cecilia Caballero is a Afro-Chicana single mother-scholar-poet. She is the mother of a nine year old boy, Alonzo, who was born during her time as an undergraduate student. Cecilia was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area to parents from Michoacan, Mexico. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. She also holds BAs in English and Chicanx Studies from UC Berkeley and an AA in Liberal Arts from Los Medanos Community College. Cecilia is the first person in her family to graduate from high school, college, and pursue a Ph.D. Her dissertation focuses on narratives of Chicana mothering, feminism, gender, sexuality, and spiritual activism in Chicana literature, cultural production, and digital storytelling. In addition, she researches the intersections between Black and Chicana feminist speculative theory and works by Octavia Butler and Gloria Anzaldua. In addition, Cecilia is an essayist, poet, and creative writer. Her writing has been published by Chicana/Latina Studies, Third Woman Press, The Acentos Review, The Body is Not An Apology, and more. To learn more about her writing, visit:
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 Assistant 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. Candidate
University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Christine Vega is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) Social Science and Comparative Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She holds a Master of Education from the University of Utah's School of Education, Culture, and Society. Born and raised in Pacoima, she is proud mother-scholar-activist merging both academia, activism, and spirituality. During her pregnancy and the birth of her son, her research shifted towards Chicana Latina Ph.D. mother attrition and retention of maternal activism. She is a founding mother of both Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA and the Chicana M(other)work collective. Christine is an AAHHE and CDIP Fellow and has short stories, poetry and theoretical publications about birth, pregnancy, and ceremony in UCLA's Regeneracion Tlacuilolli and InterActions. She is currently on fellowship (DYF) completing her dissertation as a visiting community scholar at Denver University. She has worked as a GSR for the GSE&IS Equity and Diversity Committee and is a Teaching Associate for Cesar Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. She is an artist, runner, avid foodie, and coffee connoisseur.