Wednesday, November 14, 6:30pm, UNM Anthropology 163
Keynote Speaker: Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maes
Moderator: Christine Sierra, Director, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute
Petra Jimenez Maes was elected to the New Mexico Supreme Court in November 1998, becoming the first Hispana to serve on the court. On January 8, 2003 she was designated by unanimous vote of her colleagues to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice. While other Hispanic/Latino men have served as Chief Justice, Justice Maes ushered in a new era as the first Hispanic Woman Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. She is currently serving her second term as Chief Justice.
Chief Justice Maes received a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and a J.D. from the UNM Law School. She was in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico until 1975 when she joined Northern New Mexico Legal Services. She was appointed to the First Judicial District Court in 1981 where she heard criminal, civil, family, and children’s court cases.
She will discuss the challenges of becoming a lawyer, judge and justice as well as the current status of women in the law and on the court.
Thursday, November 15, 9:00am—3:00pm, UNM Student Union Ballroom ASymposium Panels
9:00-10:30am Founders and Former Directors of the Women Studies Program and Women’s Resource CenterModerator: Summer Little, Interim Director, Women’s Resource CenterFormer UNM Staff and Faculty will address the challenges of founding and directing programs for women on campus. Panelists include:Ann Nihlen, UNM Professor Emerita, LLSS, Women Studies Collective
Gail Baker, Women Studies Collective
Beva Sanchez Padilla , Women Studies Collective
Kathleen Winslow, Women’s Resource Center Founder
Gail Houston, Former Women Studies Director
10:45—12:15 Professional Feminists in Action
Moderator: Irene Vasquez, Director, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Feminist professionals will speak about their efforts in founding, directing or working in women and family-centered services and organizations.Our panel includes:
Maria Munguia, Psychotherapist, UNM Children’s Psychiatric Center
Claudia Medina, Exec. Director, Enlace Comunitario
Cristina Duran, Asst. Professor, School of Social Work, Highlands University
Denicia Cadena, Interim Director, Young Women United
Giovanna Rossi Pressley, President, Collective Action Strategies
Jane Wishner, Founder, Southwest Women’s Law Center
1:30—3:00pm UNM Women Academics of ColorModerator: Bárbara O. Reyes, Director, Women Studies ProgramPanelists will discuss issues of recruitment, retention, tenure and promotion of women of color in academia.Speakers include:
Nancy Lopez, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology
Sonia Gipson Rankin, Lecturer, Africana Studies and Assoc. Dean, University College
Beverly Singer, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Antionette Sedillo Lopez, Professor, School of Law
Margaret Werner-Washburne, Regents’ Professor, Biology
The Symposium is Free and Open to the Public.