La Canoa Legacy Talks - Past, Present, and Future: Mujeres Valerosas and the Hispanic Women’s Council


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This lecture was part of the La Canoa lecture series presented by UNM's Center for Regional Studies and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The Hispanic Women’s Council (HWC) was formed in Albuquerque in 1988 to “promote, support, and create opportunities for Hispanic Women.” Local women came together to help each other advance in their professions, increase the number of women participating in policy-making, and serve as role models for other women. Each woman in the HWC has her own story of success and accomplishment which have been captured in the book, Mujeres Valerosas, published by the HWC in 2000. Join us for readings by Dr. Carmen Samora and Vangie Samora from this book and for discussion about the Hispanic Women’s Council. Proceeds from the book support the HWC Scholarship Fund.


Dr. Carmen Samora is the 2019 HWC President and teaches courses in race and social justice at the University of New Mexico where she earned an MA in Secondary Education and a PhD in American Studies. She is the director of the Julian Samora Legacy Project (JSLP) and studies mid-twentieth century Latino activists.

Vangie Samora was born in Hernandez, NM, and was raised in Albuquerque. She earned a BA and MPA from UNM. Her career as an administrator and program manager includes ten years of federal service and ten years at UNM. She rounded out her career as Executive Director of the NHCC Foundation.

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