Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1942-2004) was a poet, activist, educator, and scholar of Chicana feminist theory and queer of color critique. She authored a number of texts based on her own experiences growing up in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, including Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987). She was the co-editor of This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), a foundational text by and for women of color on numerous topics, including race, gender, sexuality, class, and Indigeneity.
Two years after Gloria Anzaldúa’s untimely death, the Society was created to provide a space for students, scholars, and the community to come together to continue with Anzaldúa’s vision and passion. In 2007, the Women Studies Institute (WSI) at the University of Texas at San Antonio became the SSGA’s academic home. Since 2009, every 18 months, in November and in May, the SSGA and WSI as co-sponsors of the conference host El Mundo Zurdo with the hope that you enjoy celebrating the life and work of one of our Tejana scholars, whose words have touched the world.
The SSGA was founded by Professor Norma E. Cantú, Norine R. and T. Frank Murchison Professor of the Humanities, Trinity University.