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¡Comisión Femenil! Celebrating 30 Years of Chicana Feminist Leadership

Event poster

CALIFORNIA ETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL ARCHIVES
DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
DONALD C. DAVIDSON LIBRARY

¡Comisión Femenil!
Celebrating 30 Years
of Chicana Feminist Leadership

Opening of the Archives of the
Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional

State Senator Nell Soto, Honorary Event Chair

 

Goals

1. The overall event is to celebrate the opening of the archives of the Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of their Constitutional Convention in Goleta, June 1973.
2. To publicize the Comisión archives to the academic community and to the general public.
3. To convey to the college and college-bound generation the strategies used by the Comisión to empower themselves in their efforts to improve their lives and eliminate barriers to equality for women. In the words of Comisión leader Rosemary Quesada Weiner, "to give Chicanas . . . the pride, confidence and impetus to actualize [their] own potential" (Las Mujeres 1977 National Women's Conference, 1978).
4. Symposium to explore a better understanding of the role and involvement of Latinas in advancing women's social and economic progress through the historical development, accomplishments, and socio-political impact of the Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional. It will also add to the discourse on the history of Latinas in the feminist movement, and address current concerns of Chicanas-Latinas/Chicana feminism/examining the everyday practices of political intervention that Chicana Feminism has fostered.
5. To inform, inspire and motivate Chicana(o)/Latina(o) students and the community at large.
6. To encourage the further donation of individually-held national CFMN materials, including presently dispersed historical photographs about the Comisión.

 

Exhibition

A historical exhibition on the Comisión Femenil will be featured in the Department of Special Collections exhibition room and will be on display from September 15 to November 15, 2003.

 

Traveling display

An easel-mounted display on the Comisión Femenil will be at the reception and at the symposium. The display traveled to UCLA for "Memoria, Voz, y Patrimonio" The First Conference on Hispanic Archives" (August 15-17, 2003).

 

Opening Reception - Friday, November 7, 2003
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Davidson Library, 8th Floor "Pacific View" scenic conference room
UCSB Library catered reception to celebrate the opening of the archives and to recognize the Comisión Femenil. Remarks by Honorary Chair State Senator Nell Soto; Chancellor Heny T. Yang; University Librarian Sarah Pritchard; CEMA Director Salvador Güereña.

 

Symposium - November 8, 2003 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To explore a better understanding of the role and involvement of Latinas in advancing women's social and economic progress through the historical development, accomplishments, and socio-political impact of the Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional. It will also add to the discourse on the history of Latinas in the feminist movement, and address current concerns of Chicanas-Latinas/Chicana feminism/examining the everyday practices of political intervention that Chicana Feminism has fostered.

 

Location: Multicultural Center Theater

Panel 1 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m History of the Comision Femenil
Gracia Molina de Pick, CFMN Founder and UC/CSU former faculty member
Marcie Miranda, Consultant, Los Angeles Community Development Commission
Sandy Sewell, Past President CFMN, Executive Director Centro de Niños (Los Angeles).
Student respondent: Tania Saenz
Moderator: Ellie D. Hernandez, UCSB Women's Studies Program.

12:15 -1:30 p.m. Lunch Break (Luncheon to recognize Latina elected officials Corwin Pavilion-please call to reserve ticket $10.00)

Panel 2 1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Current Concerns of Latinas Today
Calif. State Senator Nell Soto (D-Ontario, Calif. Senate District 32)
Leticia Quezada, Past President CFMN and Past President CF Los Angeles
Sophia Esparza., CEO Chicana Service Action Center
Student respondent: Rachel Vasquez
Moderator: Dr. Sonia Garcia, Chair Political Sciences Dept., St. Mary's University.

 

Recognition Luncheon

Latina elected officials, including members of the California State Legislature, will be recognized for their leadership in a luncheon in the Corwin Pavilion.

 

Outreach to area high schools

The Academic Senate/Center for Faculty Outreach will sponsor UCSB vans to pick up and return delegations of students from the area high schools including Dos Pueblos High school, Santa Barbara High School and San Marcos High School.

 

URLs

About the CFMN and their archives at UCSB: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/special-collections/cema/cfmn
About the celebration: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/special-collections/cfmn_symposium

 

Local Arrangements

Pacifica Suites Santa Barbara (nearest UCSB)
http://www.pacificasuites.com/
All suites, nice amenities, beautiful grounds. Conveniently located very near UCSB, just off Highway 217. Quiet, yet "homey." UCSB discounted rate $125/night standard room. Poolside $149/night. To reserve at these rates must indicate "UCSB affiliate." This is a mid-season rate. 5490 Hollister Ave. Tel: (805) 683-6722
Santa Barbara, CA 93111 Fax: (805) 683-4121
Rooms: 75

The Ramada Limited
http://www.sbramada.com/
4770 Calle Real Tel: (805) 964-3511
Goleta, CA 93117
Rooms: 126
Convenient location to UCSB. NOTE: there is an existing UCSB rate discount of 20%. A room with 2 Queen beds Gardenside is $140 Friday and Saturday, $104 Sunday through Thursday; rooms with a Single King size bed Mountainside are $120 Friday and Saturday, $88 Sunday through Thursday. The Ramada Limited is a Gold Key 3 Star property with award winning gardens. Rooms include deluxe continental breakfast and complimentary use of Goleta Valley Health Club. Rooms can also be reserved using Hotels.com and Expedia.com at wholesale rates. Complimentary taxi service is provided to and from Ramada Limited to Airport and Amtrak stations.

 

Shuttle van

There is no free shuttle to the Ramada or Pacifica Suites Hotel, and from UCSB, although at the Ramada there is a complimentary taxi service to and from the Santa Barbara Airport and Amtrack station.

 

Local information

Parking
If driving to UCSB please allow ample time to find parking.
For event parking use pay stations at each lot indicated. Lots that are expected to be most available for visitor parking are Lot 22 by the Events Center and the Mesa Parking Structure. Please note that those lots are furthest away from the library and Multicultural Center. Please call ahead (805) 893-8563 if you have any special needs that require accommodation. Parking lots closest to the library and the Multicultural Center (but typically more busy) are Lot 3 (near the library) and Lot 7 (behind the library). Lot 7 on Monday-Friday is available for visitor parking only after 5 p.m. You must use the pay station in the lot.
For Fri. Nov. 7: visitors can try Lot 3 or any C lot using the pay station there. For locations of C lots see campus map at http://www.tps.ucsb.edu/mapFlash.aspx For Sat. Nov. 8: visitors may try Lot 3 or Lot 7 until the lots fill ($2.00 all day parking). Pay stations are available at other C lots on campus. Please consult campus map. For campus map and driving directions: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/about-library/directions-and-parking

 

Event Sponsors

Co-sponsors: (from UCSB) Academic Senate/Center for Faculty Outreach, Center for Chicano Studies, Luis Leal Chair in Chicano Studies, Chicana(o) Studies Department, MUJER student organization, Women's Studies Program; (from the community) Friends of the UCSB Library, 30th Anniversary CFMN Planning Committee.

CEMA Contact: Salvador Güereña, Director California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library. Tel: (805) 893-8563 guerena [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu Fax: (805) 893-5749