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WAKE UP! At the 2015 NACCS Tejas Foco

by Tony Diaz on 03/03/15

Sabrina Sanchez         

Lone Star College-North Harris

2 March 2015


WAKE UP! At the 2015 NACCS Tejas Foco

The panel by UTPA-WAKE UP! was an amazing performance by 7 women that shared their experiences through art. 

The theme of the panel was The (Mis) Education of the (S)chola(r). They focused on the hardships of being a Chicana women and trying to succeed academically. The seven women first performed in unison, talking about the chola in them versus the scholar in them. 

Their performance showed how hard it is to make sure they keep intact with where they came from yet still be able to succeed professionally. The entire panel was extremely moving and very empowering, which “woke me up” to how much they had to go through and still go through as a Chicana Scholar. After their presentation each women performed a piece they wrote on how they felt about something personal.  

Most was beautiful poetry and there was one that actually rapped, incredibly well. These women brought tears to their audiences with what they created and was able to perform for us. Most of the poetry was about how they fought against the discrimination they faced in school. These women and what they talked about was perfect examples of having "cultural schizophrenia" that was mentioned by Alicia Gasper in her work and demonstrates how to make it work for us.

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