Saber es Poder

Saber Es Poder

April 4th, 2020



The Saber es Poder Academic Excellence Award in Mexican American Studies, inaugurated in 2018, recognizes a distinguished scholar whose work has demonstrated sustained excellence and long-term commitment to advancing our understanding of Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrant populations in the United States. The award also recognizes contributions in the areas of teaching, community engagement and the promotion of social justice.

This annual award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, grew out of a grassroots collaboration between the University of Arizona’s Department of Mexican American Studies, the local nonprofit Fundación México, and the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson. Our collective vision is to sustain this annual award in perpetuity through private philanthropy. Event proceeds will benefit the Fundacion Mexico Graduate Student Research Endowment. 


                                                                                                   Location: Tucson Marriott University Park





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2019 Saber es Poder Award Recipient: Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal

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Dolores Delgado Bernal, who earned her Ph.D. from UCLA as a first-generation college student, investigates educational (in)equity, Latinx educational pathways, feminista pedagogies, and different forms of resistance.

Her co-authored and co-edited books include: Transforming Educational Pathways for Chicana/o Students: A Critical Race Feminista Praxis (2017), Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological and Activist Approaches to Social Justice (2015), and Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology (2006). 

Delgado Bernal’s awards include the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association; the Tortuga Outstanding Scholar Award from Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, and the Derrick Bell Legacy Award from Critical Race Studies in Education Association.

“Few Chicanx scholars are unfamiliar with the work of Dolores Delgado Bernal. Her work has validated the unique viewpoints of many Chicanx scholars, who now routinely examine the intersection of gender, class, and ethnicity,” said Anna Ochoa O’Leary, head of the UA Department of Mexican American Studies.

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2019 Honoree: Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford a Nogales native, granddaughter of two pioneer entrepreneurial Jewish families, Capin and Bracker. To Nogales natives, The names Capin and Bracker conjure up images of border business and retail economies that helped meld cultures, languages and communities. Roni and…

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2019 Honoree: Ramona Grijalva

After graduating from Sunnyside High School in June of 1967, Ramona began her freshman year of college at the University of Arizona . In January 1971, she married fellow Sunnyside graduate and current congressman, the honorable Raúl M. Grijalva. They have three daughters.

In August of…

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