The Gloria E. Anzaldúa Colloquium aims to critically analyze the impact of social and cultural marginalization from an intersectional framework. The architect of ‘the New Mestiza Nation,’ Anzaldúa, a scholar of Chicana cultural theory, Feminist theory, and Queer theory, challenged notions of indoctrination, assimilation, and status quo acceptance. GRCC stakeholders will come together to explore the modern-day impact of colonialism in America and abroad and put forth practical strategies that use Anzaldúa’s theory of multiculturalist decolonization.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Colloquium seeks to broaden the historical landscape of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights movement in America. Touted as the ‘moral compass’ of social justice, Mrs. Hamer’s advocacy of politically disenfranchised people came into focus in 1964. She helped organize Freedom Summer, bringing hundreds of college students to the segregated South to help with African American voter registration. GRCC faculty and students will come together to examine contemporary issues that impact political engagement and agency, and provide practical solutions that use strategies aligned with Fannie Lou Hamer’s grassroots activism.