“When I present the history of Mexican and Central American immigration to this country, it cannot start without me mentioning why I’m here; and that has to do with my grandfather who was a guest worker when I settled. That story started a whole series of events that led me to become a teacher, the first in my family to get a PhD and teach at a university.”
– Dr. Pablo Gonzalez, Chicanx Latinx Studies
This past year, our colleague Pablo Gonzalez received Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the most prestigious award on the campus to recognize excellence in teaching, given to only a select few faculty members annually. His courses invite undergraduate students to take part in immersive research learning experiences; for example, the Mujeres Movidas Podcast , a student-produced podcast serves as the final project of the “Mexican and Central American Migration” course. As he explains in the 2022 Distinguished Teaching Award video,
The crucial part of Chicanx and Latinx Studies is telling our stories, and overcoming our fears of telling them. We amplify stories that don’t necessarily get heard. What I teach is always connected to the lived realities of the people who are faceless and not recognized. And I love that.
Like so many of our dedicated instructional faculty, Pablo is an integral part of our educational heritage and future. Working with students on sharing their stories, he teaches them the importance of their own voice. He exemplifies the teaching excellence our department has nurtured for over five decades.
While I cannot possibly mention all of our faculty’s additional recent achievements, let me spotlight a few that foreground the power of story in our work. Catherine Ceniza Choy’s new book, Asian American Histories of the United States, is changing the narrative about the centrality of AAPI communities in American life. Shari Huhndorf’s pathbreaking article, “Native, Inc.” featured in Washington Monthly, tells the story of the largest Indigenous land claims settlement in U.S. history. Khatharya Um’s co-authored book, Departures, introduces students to ways of understanding the stories that arise out of refugeehood. And Juana María Rodríguez, long known for her critical narration of Latinx sexualities, has won the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Kessler Prize–an award given to scholars of great renown who have had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies. Wherever they are in their career, our faculty are recognized for the important work they do for our students and our community as a whole.
This worthwhile work needs your support. As you consider your year-end giving, please help us make an impact by telling the stories that need telling: Make a gift to our annual fund today.
As we work hard to make sure we can continue to hire and retain talented faculty, attract and take on top graduate students, and support our game-changing undergraduates, every gift is appreciated and helpful in reaching our goal.
Keith P. Feldman
Associate Professor and Chair
Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
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