UNM celebration of 40th Anniversary of Women Studies

Posted By on Nov 12, 2012 |

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 Center

Moderator: Summer Little, Interim Director, Women’s Resource Center
Former 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 Color
Moderator: Bárbara O. Reyes, Director, Women Studies Program
Panelists 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.