Unheard Voices: Women in Latin American History

Professional development opportunity for K-12 educators from all disciplines.

Unheard Voices: Women in Latin American History

"Women Know Your Strength!" Yolanda González ©2015. Used by permission from the artist.

Approved for 2 LAUSD Salary Points (multicultural)

Days of Instruction:

Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19, 2015
8:00 am - 3:00 pm


This five-day workshop will examine women’s experiences in Latin America to investigate and compare the distinct historical, cultural and political contexts through which beliefs and expectations about gender have emerged in the region. Participants will gain an understanding of the role and experiences of women from the pre-Hispanic period through the present, and recognize how women have played instrumental roles in the development of their societies.

Interdisciplinary presentations and discussions will examine historical figures such as Frida Kahlo, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and La Malinche, as well as concepts that have structured Latin American beliefs about gender. Sessions will also examine women’s social movements, the experiences of female guerrillas and women’s soccer.

Given the LAUSD's new ethnic studies requirement and the growing number of the Latino and Latin American descendant population in the United States, this course provides teachers with an opportunity to better understand the history and culture of their students. Moreover, the workshop will include curriculum sessions to facilitate the discussion of how to integrate material into the classroom.

Guest Speakers:

Lisa Sousa, professor of history & chair of Latino/a & Latin American Studies, Occidental College
Aisha Finch, professor of gender studies and Afro-American studies, UCLA
Alicia Gaspar de Alba, professor of Chicana/o studies, UCLA
Alicia Arrizón, professor of gender and sexuality studies, University of California, Riverside
Sybil Venegas, professor emerita of Chicana/o studies, East Los Angeles College
Maylei Blackwell, professor of Chicana/o studies and gender studies, UCLA
Dionne Espinoza, professor of Chicano studies, liberal studies, & women's and gender Studies, Cal State Los Angeles
Leisy Abrego, professor of Chicana/o studies, UCLA
Alicia Partnoy, professor of Spanish, Loyola Marymount University
Jennifer Piscopo, professor of politics, Latino/a & Latin American Studies, Occidental College


Open to K-12 educators from all disciplines.

Cost & Registration:

$125 (includes parking, breakfast/refreshments, and course materials)
Registration for the workshop is completed in two steps:
1. Submission of short online application
2. Online Payment (Debit/Credit Card: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover)

Limited space available. Registration open until Sunday, June 7 or until maximum enrollment is reached.

Course Requirements:

You must be able to attend all workshop sessions. Participants will have access to reading materials, discussion questions, and other resources and assignments online via a course website.

To receive LAUSD salary credit, participants must attend all sessions and access the online course site to complete readings and assignments. Participants will submit a reflective essay and a standards-based lesson plans centered on the workshop's themes as their final assignment.

Contact: Cynthia Gomez | 310-825-4572 | gomez@international.ucla.edu