At-large Representative
(elect 2 reps)

Chalane E. Lechuga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
Metropolitan State University
Denver, CO

Chalane E. Lechuga, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her research addresses issues of race/ethnicity and education, with an emphasis in Latina/o sociology. Her work has examined the relationship between the racial identities of Latina/o high school students and academic achievement.  In addition, Chalane has conducted research with a local public school district to examine school discipline and racial disparities in exclusionary practices. For the past eleven years, she had conducted research on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty in higher education and developed and implemented policies and programs to support faculty retention.

A long-time member of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Colorado Foco, Chalane served as the National Board Treasurer for four years from 2015-2019. In her role, she worked collaboratively with the Executive Director to reorganize the financial and membership reporting process to create greater transparency, consistent reporting, and track trends over time. She also worked with Board members to establish the Treasurer-Elect position allowing her to train and work with the incoming Treasurer.  As an active member of the Board, Chalane led the annual leadership orientation for Foco Reps and Caucus Chairs, chaired the Immigrant Student Beca Awards, regularly reviewed and updated the bylaws and the operations manual, served as a conference proposal reviewer, and presented the financial reports at the annual business meeting. 

In 2016, after nearly 30 years, the NACCS annual conference returned to Denver, Colorado. Chalane organized and coordinated the local fundraising efforts, foco activities including the nomination and selection process for the community awards, the welcome reception, opportunities to participate in local activities, cultural night, and the celebration of the NACCS Scholar. Moreover, Chalane has been actively working to revitalize the Colorado Foco and connect Chicana/o/x Studies and Ethnic Studies scholars across Colorado.

Chalane received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico, a M.S. in Sociology from the University of Denver and a B.A. in English and Ethnic Studies (Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies) from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She is a proud alumnus of Denver Public Schools and graduated from Denver North High School.

Vision for NACCS

Focos and Caucuses are core to the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies and have a critical role in its advancement. It is at the local level where Chicana/o/x Studies as an academic discipline can be most impactful. If selected to serve as one of the At-Large Representatives to the NACCS National Board, I would actively work to support the strengthening and continued growth of Focos and Caucuses by serving as a liaison to the Board and leveraging my experience in the Treasurer position (i.e., tracking membership numbers, caucus revenue, and applications to the Foco Activity Fund). I would contribute to the work of the Board that continues to strengthen the organization by fortifying our fiscal foundation and cultivating the pipeline of NACCS leadership that starts in our Caucuses and Focos. Moreover, as member of the Board, I would share in the responsibility to speak out in support of Chicana/o/x/ and BIPOC communities to advocate for the development, implementation and growth of Chicana/o/x Studies in school curricula at K-12 and colleges and universities.


William A. Calvo-Quirós, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of American Culture
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

William A. Calvo-Quirós is Assistant Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan. He holds PhDs in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara (2014) and a Ph.D. from the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University (2011). His current research investigates the relationship between state violence and border spiritualities along the U.S. - Mexico divide. His other areas of interest include Chicana/o aesthetics, as well as feminist, and queer decolonial methodologies.

Calvo-Quirós has been involved with NACCS since 2005. From 2012-2014 he served as Joto Caucus Chair, and he is currently a member of the Midwest Foco. He is a founding member of the Association for Jotería Arts, Activism and Scholarship [AJAAS]. He is now the Interim President of the newly founded Michigan Association of Latinx for Higher Education [MALHE]. He is a board member of SocialOne, an international organization of scholars and researchers dedicated to promoting social good in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also part of the international commission for migrants, "Accoglienza e Dono," created to evaluate and give recommendations on migratory mobilization and policies. He is currently leading the international project "Academia Next: A New Academy is Possible," which explores how care and mutual respect change our investigative, methodological, and pedagogical agendas and processes. His next research project studies the power of empathy and forgiveness to formulate new racial and gender discourses for society.

Vision for NACCS

At the core of all leadership positions within any organization, and particularly NACCS, there is the premise of service: Serve the organization’s  members and its goals, always within the scope of creating a better, more just, and egalitarian society, one that recognizes diversity as a central character of the human experience. As an At-Large Rep, I would like to create not only an open safe space of communication between the members and the board, but I would like to formalize and hold monthly online "Office Hours" when the members can directly bring their concerns and recommendations to improve the organization, and ultimately serve better the needs of our many constituencies. Another aspect that I feel critical is to improve our inter-generation dialogue within NACCS, both as a way to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of each other, but also as a matter of survival for the organization. In this sense, I would like to promote a mentorship and leadership formation track-component within the organization that involves all focos and caucuses leaders to create a cohesive, collaborative, and consistent, supportive model.

The disproportional pain and suffering created by the COVID 19 health crisis have emphasized the imperative of organizations like NACCS to move forward and sustain our communities of color, especially regarding school access, retention, funding, representation, as well as tenure promotion, research productivity and the overall valorization of our many histories. I am committed to working with everyone on these common goals.

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE

Term:  Two years

Duties: At Large Reps represent and communicate with the general membership.  They are assigned designated Focos and Caucuses to communicate and prepare reports for Board. Serve as primary contact for Focos and Caucuses to assist with policies, resolutions, and to convey concerns of the regions and caucuses to the board.  Attend monthly Conference Call meetings, ten months during the year.  Attend midyear meetings, serve on committees as designated, and attend and participate at Annual meetings.  During annual meeting participate in board meetings.  Participate in NACCS for Beginners and Leadership Orientation, and in the general business meeting.  During the annual meetings attend one of the meetings of each of their constituency Foco and Caucus groups.  Hold office hours to assist Foco and Caucus leadership with questions regarding policies and general issues.

Requirements for candidacy:  Must be members in good standing.  Must have a record of involvement in their regional Foco, NACCS involvement in Foco, Caucuses, and have held leadership roles in the organization.  Must be knowledgeable of NACCS bylaws and procedures of non-profit organizations.