Stakeholders Committee


Meet the Stakeholders Committee

The stakeholders are faculty members from around campus who teach in the program or conduct research in the area of Latinx Studies. Over the past few years, many of the stakeholders have worked hard to make the Latinx Studies program a reality, and they continue to support the program in many ways.



Christopher Chávez
 Christopher Chávez

Latinx Studies courses taught: J467: Latinx Media Studies 

Right now, I'm reading: Cristina Mora’s Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American 

Listening to: Alt.Latino 

Jamming out to: Ana Tijoux 

Relaxing by: Having a good conversation with friends 

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Lauren Cycyk
Lauren Cycyk

Latinx Studies courses taught: No courses, but join me in research on Spanish-English language development in the Early Dual Language Development Lab

Right now, I'm reading: Any bilingual children's books by Latinx authors

Listening to: Code Switch on NPR

Jamming out to: "Rocky Steady" by Aretha Franklin gets me moving!

Relaxing by: Being outside, hanging with my cats, going to the movies, dancing

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Kelley Howarth
Kelley Howarth

Latinx Studies courses taught: SPAN 218 Latino Heritage I, SPAN 228 Latino Heritage II, SPAN 308 Comunidades bilingües

Right now, I'm reading: Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell

Listening to: Gaby Moreno, several podcasts 

Jamming out to: Fugees, Etta James, Kali Uchis

Relaxing by: Walking with friends, hiking with my dog, and painting 

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Ana-Maurine Lara
Ana Maurine Lara

Latinx Studies courses taught: Transnational & Indigenous Feminisms, Black Feminist Theories,  

Right now, I'm reading: Leanne B. Simpson's Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies 

Listening to: Activist Theology Podcast Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza & Rev. Anna Golladay 

Jamming out to: Hector Lavoe 

Relaxing by: meditating, walking, cooking and gardening 

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Sergio Loza

Sergio Loza

Latinx Studies courses Taught:  N/A 

Right Now, I'm Reading: Hablar español en los Estados Unidos by Jennifer Leeman

Listening to: Cuco

Jamming out to:   Bad Bunny

Relaxing by: Going to the beach

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Ernesto Javier Martínez
Ernesto Javier Martínez

Latinx Studies courses taught:  ES 199: Radical Self-Love, ES 265: Intro to Latinx Studies, ES 330: Women of Color Feminisms, ES 380: Race, Migration, and Rights, ES  440: Queer Ethnic Literature 

Right now, I'm reading: Mean by Miriam Gurba 

Listening to: Tamarindo 

Jamming out to: Christian Nodal 

Relaxing by: Taking long walks 

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Isabel Millán
Isabel Millan

Latinx Studies courses taught:  WGS 250 Transborder Children's Literature (under "Gender, Literature, and Culture"); WGS 350 Latinx Feminist Literature (under "Literature as Feminist Theory")

Right now, I'm reading: They, She, He, Me: Free to Be! by Maya Gonzalez and Matthew Smith-Gonzalez 

Listening to: Se Ve Se Escucha/Seen and Heard podcast

Jamming out to: Janelle Monáe

Relaxing by: Walking, drawing or painting, watching the rain

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Edward M Olivos
Edward M Olivos

Latinx Studies courses taught:  EDST 457/557: Immigration and Diaspora 

Right now, I'm reading:  The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill 

Listening to:  La Verdadera Historia de Mexico and Coffee Break German

Jamming out to: Whatever is on Spotify or Apple Music! 

Relaxing by:  Playing Tennis and Going to the Gym! 

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Catalina de Onís
Catalina de Onís

Latinx Studies courses taught: HC 301H: Environmental, Climate, and Energy Justice in Latinx Communities 

Right now, I'm reading: Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena María Viramontes

Listening to: Democracy Now!

Jamming out to: Bomba Estéreo and Taína Asili 

Relaxing by: Taking walks with canine family members Isla and Lina

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Gabriela Pérez Báez
Gabriela Pérez Báez

Latinx Studies Courses Taught: Introductoin to Bilingualism (LING 297), Seminar - ndigenous Mesoamerican Languages (LING 407)

Right Now, I’m Reading: Articles on the study of social networks to inform language revitalization

Listening to: Everything from cumbia to heavy meta

Jammin' to: My kid has taken over my electric bass, so she’s the one jamming…

Relaxing: Running, yoga, gardening, baking bread

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Laura Pulido 
Laura Pulido

Latinx Studies Courses Taught: ES 254 Introduction to Chicanx/Latinx Studies; ES 354 Environmental Racism; Geography 607 “Race, Space and Power” 

Right Now, I’m Reading: Cruelty as Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy, by Cristina Beltran

Listening to: “The Dig” 

Jammin' to: Las Cafeteras

Relaxing: hiking, being on the river, enjoying friends

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Heather Quarles
Heather Quarles

Latinx Studies courses taught: SPAN 218, 228, 308 

Right now, I'm reading: Anything by Ángeles Mastretta and Mariana Enriquez

Listening to: Concha Podcast

Jamming out to: La Doña and Durand Jones and the Indications

Relaxing by: Doing pilates in the backyard and hiking all our great local trails

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Cecilia Enjuto Rangel
Cecilia Enjuto Rangel

Latinx Studies courses taught:  Span 448 or 407 Puerto Rico and Its Diaspora, Span 399 Children's Literature in the Bilingual Classroom 

Right now, I'm reading:  Puerto Rican poet Kadiri Vaquer Fernández's "Ritos de pasaje" and Chilean poet Jesús Sepúlveda's "Espejo de los detalles" 

Listening to: NPR 

Jamming out to: Residente and ABBA 

Relaxing by: hiking or going for walks, hugging my kids, watching movies at night, cooking, painting and reading 

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Yvette Saavedra 
Yvette Saavedra

Latinx Studies courses Taught:  WGS 261 Gender and Popular Culture; WGS 321 Feminist Perspectives   

Right Now, I'm Reading: Laboratories of Deficiency, by Natalie Lira 

Listening to: 1940s radio shows related to California History

Jamming out to:   Sleater Kinney

Relaxing by: building expert Lego sets and watching the Golden Girls

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Lynn Stephen 
Lynn Stephen

Latino Studies Courses Taught: ANTH 329 Immigration and Farmworkers, ANTH 427/J427 Latino Roots I, ANTH 428/J528 Latino Roots II 

Right now, I'm reading: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo 

Listening to: The Hidden Brain, Laughter the Best Medicine

Jamming out to: Celia Cruz: La Vida en un Carnival.  

Relaxing by: running, yoga, swimming, walking my dog, playing guitar and bass 

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 Ilana Umansky
Ilana Umansky

Latinx studies courses taught: EDLD 631: Education Policy for Multilingual Students, EDLD 621: Equity and Achievement

Right now, I’m reading: Kindred, by Octavia Butler

Listening to: NPR, of course!

Jamming out to: My Own Drum (Ynairaly Simo & Missy Elliot) from the Vivo soundtrack (I know, I know. But I have little kids!)

Relaxing by: Taking walks, agate hunting

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Jessica Vasquez-Tokos
Jessica Vasquez-Tokos headshot

Latinx studies courses taught: SOC 445:  Sociology of Latinos/as/xs in the U.S.

Right now, I’m reading: Figures of the Future: Latino Civil Rights and the Politics of Demographic Change by Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz

Listening to: Latino U.S.A., Code Switch, In the Thick

Relaxing by: Cooking/baking, gardening, yoga

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Julie Weise
Julie Weise

Latinx Studies courses taught: History 248, a bilingual History class: Latinos en las Ámericas

Right now, I'm reading: Short stories—that’s about the length of my focus during the pandemic! 

Listening to: French kids’ CDs (yes, CDs!) with my trilingual preschooler 

Jamming out to: Carlos Vives because he always puts me in a good mood 

Relaxing by: Taking a run every day, even if it’s very short 

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