Education

Phenomenal San Diego women in education – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Summary

Rita Sanchez

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Rita Sanchez was the first woman to be hired as full-time tenured faculty in what was then Mexican-American studies at San Diego State University and at San Diego Mesa College. She taught at SDSU from 1974 to 1984 while doing graduate studies at UC San Diego. She taught at Mesa starting in 1990, chaired the Chicano studies department from 1996 to 1999, and, in 2006, led the department to change its name to Ch…….

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Rita Sanchez

(U-T file photo)

Rita Sanchez was the first woman to be hired as full-time tenured faculty in what was then Mexican-American studies at San Diego
State University and at San Diego Mesa College. She taught at SDSU from 1974 to 1984 while doing graduate studies at UC San Diego. She taught at Mesa starting in 1990, chaired the Chicano studies department from 1996 to 1999, and, in 2006, led the department to change its name to Chicana and Chicano studies. In 1984, Sanchez founded the Acevedo Gallery in San Diego with her then-husband, Mario Acevedo, and his father, artist Guillermo Acevedo. The gallery primarily showed works by Chicano artists, but also included art from Latin America and Native American art from the southwestern United States. Sanchez was named to the San Diego Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and, with Sonia Lopez, is co-editor of “Chicana Tributes.”

Source: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/phenomenal-women-series/story/2021-11-26/phenomenal-san-diego-women-in-education-vignettes