Activist to speak on gentrification

Have you been waiting for Chicana speakers to make an appearance on campus? Wait no longer.

You could feel the excitement in the air as Professor Kent Dickson began talking about the upcoming event with Sarah Rafael Garcia.

Having a literary event with Chicana speakers is long overdue. With the celebrations of Cesar Chavez week filled with culture and festivity, what makes it better than to follow the week with two events consisting of strong and passionate Chicano/a speakers?

Garcia brings passion for culture and education  while being an activist, poet and a creative writer.

Garcia will join us on campus April 12th from 1 to 3pm in the Library’s Grand Reading Room. She is most recently the author of Santa Ana’s Fairy Tales (2017). She will be discussing the process of gentrification in Santa Ana.

She is the founder of Barrio writers and also works with Wild Womyn Writers, a collective of independent female writers.

Garcia received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Texas State University in 2015.

Dickson is a professor focusing on Latin American Literary studies and a key faculty member to this event.

Garcia was chosen to be a key note speaker because her knowledge and understanding of gentrification, which is a very hot topic right now.

The reason her creative writing stands out is because she is part of “writers who are mining local characters, they are the emerging voices” Dickson said.

When creating the event, it was essential to have gender diversity among the speakers.

With Garcia being an activist, she has a lot to teach the student body.

For about a year now, faculty and staff have been planning this event with the purpose to have more literary speakers who come from a Mexican-American or Chicano background.

They are expecting 50 to 100 people and encourage everyone to go.

According to Dickinson, the primary goal this event is and the organizers are hoping to accomplish is “to give space to allow Chicano speakers to speak on their own terms, to bring literature and activism together and to have literary expression.”

If you are interested in enlightening yourself to Mexican-American issues, make sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak to leaders in the Chicanx community.

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