Saber es Poder: Knowledge is Power
Saturday, March 30th, 2019
There is an estimated 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican-origin residing in the United States, including 11.4 million who were born in Mexico, and 22.3 million born in the U.S. who self-identify as Hispanics of Mexican origin. Although there has been much research on the issues facing these populations and Mexican American or Latinx or Chicanx Studies are now common in many American universities, there has been no recognition of the researchers who contribute to these areas of study.
The newly-created Saber es Poder Academic Excellence Award in Mexican American Studies recognizes and celebrates an outstanding scholar whose work has demonstrated long-term commitment to advancing the field of Mexican American Studies. This annual award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, grew out of grassroots collaboration between the University of Arizona’s Department of Mexican American Studies, Fundación México, a local Tucson nonprofit, and the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson. Our collective vision is to sustain this annual award in perpetuity through private philanthropy. This document outlines how sponsorship of this award event will have a meaningful impact on Mexican American communities.