Tribute to Gracia Molina de Pick to Honor life-long Educator, Feminist, and Community Activist
August 8th fundraiser supports naming of the Gracia Molina de Pick Glass Gallery at San Diego Mesa College
(San Diego – June 13, 2013) – Mesa College will host a tribute to renowned educator, activist and feminist, Gracia Molina de Pick, on Thursday, August 8, at 5:30 p.m. at its Kearny Mesa campus.
This special evening will be filled with Mexican food, mariachi entertainment, opportunity drawings, and comments from individuals whose lives have been touched by the passion, teachings and activism of Gracia Molina de Pick, who is expected to attend. Tax-deductible donations, and ticket purchases, priced at various levels, can be made at graciamolinadepick.eventbrite.com.
The goal of the August event is designed to raise funds for the design, fabrication and installation of gallery signage, and a plaque honoring Molina de Pick’s legacy. Both will be designed by San Diego public artist Lynn Susholz. The six-panel glass gallery, located in the rotunda of the Humanities, Languages and Multicultural Studies Building, G-101, will feature a series of rotating displays.
The first exhibit, dedicated to Molina de Pick’s legacy, will debut at the glass gallery in spring 2014. It will feature the contributions Ms. de Pick made to Mesa College as a faculty member in the 1960s and ‘70s, and will include references to civil rights milestones and related events throughout San Diego history.
For more than 60 years, Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick has been an educator, feminist, mentor of students and community activist for equality, justice, and respect for women, indigenous communities, working people, and immigrants. As an early champion for bi-lingual education, Molina de Pick helped to develop an academic program at Mesa College that gave birth to one of the first Chicano Studies Departments in the nation.
In March, 2013, Molina de Pick gifted $80,000 to Mesa College for the creation of an endowment supporting the Mesa College Chicana/o Studies Department -- which she helped to found in 1970. It is believed to be the largest donation of its kind awarded to support a Chicana/o Studies program at a community college. The Gracia Molina de Pick/Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Endowment Fund also supports an annual student scholarship and a lecture series that honors her legacy.