Carissa Garcia is an interdisciplinary artist who approaches her work as a storyteller and poet, engaging in thoughtful oral histories and intimate visual ethnographies. she is a PhD student at UCLA in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. her research focuses on the relationship between place and memory for Chicana artists in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley, where she was born and raised. she can often be found in UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center, where she archives cherished chisme collections.
rose simonsis a poeta, translator, and radical scholar from the warm waters of Miami who loves laughter and swimming in the ocean with her eyes open. she is currently making her home in los ángeles, as a PhD student at UCLA’s César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. in her academic and creative work, rose explores activist cultural expressions of the (im)migrant rights movement as contestatory performances that relocate the site of the creation, transmission, and archiving of knowledge to the body and allow for resistance to violent and oppressive technologies of regulation. rose’s intention is to practice decolonial and disidentificatory methodologies, working from within and through the institution of the university to challenge and transform neoliberal models of knowledge production that value individualism and the ownership of ideas, by engaging in research and pedagogy that is coalitional, collaborative, and community-centered.
as co-creator of bozalta, rose feels honored to share this space — this interactive archive — with all the contributors, readers, viewers, and listeners who will encounter each other here.
Kendy Rivera, a Mexican/American transnational queer woman-of-color, has been leading research in the politics, history, and culture of Afro-Mexican communities. as a U.S.-born daughter of Mexicans living in Tijuana until 2010, she fails, by default, to satisfy the exclusivist ideal of a Mexican citizen and understands on a personal level how differentiated experiences as a Mexican minority, a “migrant” in the United States, and thus a second-class citizen in two distinct national contexts, politicizes individuals. she has become increasingly interested in the concept of intersectionality applied within the interdisciplinary field of Chicana/o studies – specifically how race, gender, class, and sexuality intersect and impact subjectivity.
as a member of the first doctoral cohort in Chicana/o Studies at UCLA, she aspires to become an interdisciplinary scholar and be able to educate, empower, and inspire minority within minority students of color.
her research interests include Afro-Mexican politics; Afro-Latin@s in the U.S.; Latin- American racial minority migrant groups in the U.S.; Black Diasporic politics; queer women-of-color identity politics; and race, class, citizen, and gender minorities.