Welcome to our newly elected board members…
President: Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr.
Dr. Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr. is Associate Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He is the author of Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego (RUP, 2012) and co-editor of Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific (UNP, 2012), Red and Yellow, Black and Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies (RUP, 2017), and Beyond Ethnicity: New Racial Politics in Hawaiʻi (2018).
I wish to be considered to serve on the CMRS Executive board as President. I have been a member of CMRS since its founding in 2010, and had the honor of being the 2017 keynote speaker at USC. Serving as President of CMRS will provide me with the opportunity to work with the diverse voices we have in our organization and strategize on how to best serve the members who participate in the national conferences, as well as their own institutions and community spaces. My goal will be to provide more opportunities for students, artists, and community members to engage with our field, making it an accessible, collaborative space for everyone.
My experience serving on other national boards as a member and/or advisor include the following: CMRS Caucus Coordinator (2017-2018), Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC), MAVIN Foundation, the Smithsonian Asian-Latino Project and the Asian American Literary Review Mixed Race Initiative. I have also served on the Program Committee of CMRS (2011) and as a committee member of the CMRS Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award since 2014. I am also currently on the site planning committee for the 2021 CMRS national conference to be held at Arizona State University. I hope my continued service to CMRS will help facilitate the organization’s growth and prosperity. Thank you for your consideration.
Treasurer: Alexandrina Agloro
I am honored to be nominated for Treasurer of the CMRS board. I have been an active member and participant in CMRS since its inception and the CMRS community has been an intellectual home for me. Even more, over the years it’s become a family to me filled with primxs and play cousins. I say this because my care for the wellbeing of this organization is the reason why I want to be part of the board as Treasurer.
As a member of the board, I would focus on the fiscal health of CMRS as well as creative solutions to keep our conference financially accessible. We have always been a community of scholars, artists, practitioners, and activists, so our model should reflect inclusive participation. I am invested in continued support for travel funds and student scholarships and that means investigating ways to increase CMRS’s revenue in ways that align with our values and our commitment to the wellbeing of the planet. In my past experience as a director of SCRAM (Situated Critical Race and Media), we coordinate the FemTechNet Network Gathering annually—a miraculous feat given that SCRAM is an international research group that does not hold its own money. We interface with a fiscal sponsor to manage donations, payments, and travel scholarships. For the past two years I’ve spearheaded SCRAM’s fundraiser that came up with small, yet powerful, ways to make giving irresistible. Since I have been part of the SCRAM directorship, we have ended each year with a fiscal surplus.
My experience with CMRS will allow me to step into the role quickly. I am currently on the site council for the 2021 conference, and I am already working closely with CMRS organizers. Thank you for your consideration.
Caucus Coordinator: Joanna Thompson
My name is Joanna Thompson and I am currently the Director of the Office for Multicultural Learning at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. I identify as a mixed-race (half-Black/half- Latina) and queer female. I received my B.A. from West Virginia University in Criminology and investigations and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Criminology, Law, and Justice. My research examines the intersections of identity development and interpersonal violence, discussing the impact of violence and victimization through microaggressions. My dissertation, in particular, looked at students at the University of Illinois at Chicago who identified as mixed-race and their lived experiences with bullying and harassment based on their multiracial identity.
I am interested in running for the Caucus Coordinator position with the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association not only because I feel my personal and professional background would be a great asset to maintaining the current caucuses but would aid in creating a greater sense of community amongst the association as a whole. From my East Coast roots, being born in Virginia and raised in Maryland, to my ever- growing move out West, I am thankful to have been at the center of unifying individuals throughout my work in social justice and continued advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion. I would love the opportunity to engage in community building with the current CMRSA caucuses and to brainstorm ideas for even more caucuses to potentially be represented. I am confident I could help facilitate growth of the caucuses to ensure multiple intersections of the mixed-race community are not only visible and have a seat at the table but have a greater voice in issues affecting the mixed-race community.
Graduate Student Representative: Haley Pilgrim
My name is Haley Pilgrim and after over two years in the Critical Mixed Race Studies family, I’m excited to run for the Graduate Student Representative. I’m entering my fifth year in Penn Sociology’s PhD program and I primarily study the racial identity formation and performance second-generation multiracials. You may remember me from last year’s Paul Spickard Graduate Student Award, but what you may not know about me is that I have been actively involved on Penn’s campus representing graduate students. Over this past year, I represented more than 13,000 graduate students as President of the Student Body – never before held by a black woman. Before this, I represented 700 black graduate students as the Black Graduate Association president and over 3,000 students as chair of our marginalized student group collective, IDEAL. I find my purpose in being an advocate for my constituents, and did so effectively from University administration to senators on capital hill. I love building productive teams and working for substantive institutional change. No matter the role, I always seem to also take up the social media because not only do I enjoy taking photos, but I think it’s so important to show how hard we’ve worked and the progress the team has made to those outside of the executive board.
Community Liaison: Naliyah Kaya
I have enjoyed serving as the Community Liaison for the past two years— organizing arts programming for the 2018 CMRS Conference at the University of Maryland (UMD). I had the opportunity to work with the incredible Mixed Roots Stories team and to secure award winning poet and author Elizabeth Acevedo as our featured performer and host at the Mixed Monologues open mic (an annual monologue program I institutionalized while at UMD through my TOTUS Spoken Word Experience program), which was hosted off campus as part of the CMRS Conference in collaboration with MilkBoy ArtHouse and The Clarice Performing Arts Center.
As a poetic public sociologist, I utilize art as a medium for teaching, community building, and social change. In my administrative roles, I’ve worked with numerous community partners, organizations, and artists. I also served as a cultural consultant and community workshop facilitator for the BMORE Than The Story exhibit featured at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Though I am now an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montgomery College, I continue to run the TOTUS Spoken Word Experience Program at the University of Maryland in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy and the Jiménez Porter Writers’ House.
As Community Liaison, I would strive to ensure that programming and partnerships are representative and inclusive at the 2021 CMRS Conference at Arizona State University.