Visiting scholars Gloria H. Cuádraz and Yolanda Flores come to Sacramento State’s Hinde Auditorium at 4:00pm on Friday, December 1, to discuss the transformative power of higher education on the working class. Their talk is based on their new book, “Claiming Home, Shaping Community: Testimonios de los Valles: Underscoring the importance of access to higher education,” published by University of Arizona Press. They will be joined by chapter contributors Manuel Barajas and Caroline Turner.
To offer testimonio, the authors say, is inherently political, a vehicle that counters the hegemony of the state and illuminates the repression and denial of human rights. The book tells the stories of Mexican-descent people who left rural agricultural valleys to pursue higher education at a University of California campus, seeking to empower others on their journeys to and through higher education.
Gloria Holguín Cuádraz is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University. She publishes in the areas of Chicana/os and higher education, theory and methods of oral history, Chicano labor history, feminist methods and testimonio. With Dr. Luis Plascencia, she is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, “Mexican Workers in Arizona: The Making of an ‘Elastic Supply of Labor’” (Tucson: University of Arizona Press). She is a member of the Latina Feminist Group, co-authors of “Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios,” (Duke University Press, 2001). In 2013, she was awarded the Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar of the Year Award by the Arizona Humanities Council. From 2014-2017, she was Co-Lead Editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.
Yolanda Flores is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont where she teaches U.S. Latino and Latin American Literatures and Cultures with an emphasis on the intersections of race, gender, class, language, sexuality, and citizenship. “The Drama of Gender: Feminist Theater by Women of the Americas” is her first book. In addition to articles published in the fields cited above, Professor Flores has also published on performance studies, cultural politics, and Latino farmworker activism in Vermont. She is a native of Bakersfield, California.
Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner is Professor of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program at the Sacramento State College of Education, is Past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and is Lincoln Professor Emerita of Higher Education and Ethics at Arizona State University (ASU). Her research interests focus on access and equity in higher education. An award-winning scholar, Turner is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Scholars of Color in Education Career Contribution Award, the 2016 University of California, Davis School of Education Distinguished Alumna Award, and the 2016 Yolo County Mexican American Concilio Pilar Andrade Award for community service. Turner received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Manuel Barajas was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and he was raised in Stockton, California from the age of four. He attended UC Davis for his Bachelor’s degree and obtained his MA and Ph.D. at UC Riverside. He is a professor of Sociology at Sacramento State, and since 2002 he has been successful teaching, serving on- and off-campus communities, and publishing research in peer-reviewed and popular publication outlets. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students the subjects of Chicana/o Sociology, Immigration Studies, and Ethnic & Race Relations. His research has focused on Indigenous Mexican migration and farm workers. He is the author of “The Xaripu Community across Borders: Labor Migration, Community, and Family” (with Notre Dame University Press) that received a Distinguished Book Award Honorable Mention from the Latino Section, American Sociological Association. Manuel greatly enjoys working with students and the community, and believes in producing knowledge/advocacy that makes a difference in improving the lives of all marginalized communities.