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2024 Board of Directors 

Working Board

Anahid Kassabian - President

Published music scholar, special emphasis, Middle East.

James and Constance Alsop Chair Emerita

University of Liverpool

Dr. Nancy Barceló – Outgoing President

Former President, Northern New Mexico College

Former Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Norma Cantú - Secretary

Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University

Past President of the American Folklore Society


Aida Hurtado

Distinguished Professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair

Department Chair and Senior Advisor to the Dean, Division of Social Sciences

Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies

University of California, Santa Barbara


Lupe Gallegos-Diaz

Co-Chair, Latinxs and the Environment Initiative

Division of Equity Inclusion

University of California, Berkeley

Board Chair, 


Diana Harris

Former IT professional at University of Iowa, College of Engineering

Board member of Miracles in Motion

Advisory Board

Jewelle Gomez

Author and Playwright

Former Director of NYC Arts Commission


Margo Okazawa-Rey

Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University

Equity and Diversity Consultant


LeAnne Howe

Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature English 

Director of the Institute of Native American Studies

Norma E. Cantú 

Award winning poet and author, Dr. Norma Elia Cantú was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas to a Tejana mother and a Mexicano father. She began her academic career fifty years ago as a teaching assistant at what is now Texas A&M University, Kingsville, where she earned her MA in English. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska and taught at what is now Texas A&M International University in Laredo, at the University of Texas, San Antonio and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She currently serves as the Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio, where she teaches courses in Latinx Studies, Folklore, and Creative Writing. Her creative writing focuses on the US-Mexico Border and includes her novels Canícula and Cabañuelas as well as a poetry collection, Meditación fronteriza. Her most recent publication is the anthology Chicana Portraits: Critical Biographies of Twelve Chicana Writers.


Anahid Kassabian

Anahid Kassabian is a retired academic, activist, and film programmer. She taught primarily at Fordham University and University of Liverpool, where she was James and Constance Alsop Chair. Her scholarly areas of interest were film music, background music, sound studies, women’s studies, and Middle East studies, and she was also active in her union on the negotiating team, doing casework, and serving as diversity officer. She worked with the Liverpool Arab arts Festival for a number of years, And she’s been a lifelong supporter of Aunt Lute books in a variety of ways.

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