The newly created Saber es Poder-IME Academic Excellence Award in Mexican American Studies recognizes an outstanding scholar whose work has demonstrated sustained excellence and long-term commitment to advancing the interdisciplinary field of Mexican American studies. The award also recognizes contributions in the areas of teaching, community engagement and the promotion of social justice.
The award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, was created by the University of Arizona Department of Mexican American Studies in collaboration with Fundación Mexico, a local Tucson nonprofit; and the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson. The initiative reflects a longstanding grass-roots collaboration between the groups on immigration issues and on supporting the well-being of Mexican Americans and Mexican nationals living in the United States.
The first award recipient is Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, where he is the Motorola Presidential Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization in the School of Transborder Studies and Professor of Human Evolution and Social Change.