March 16, 2018

The 7th Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series Featured Renowned Author Maria Garcia

By Office of Communications

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On March 12, Mesa College honored Gracia Molina de Pick at the 7th Annual Feminist Lecture Series. Over 100 students, faculty, administrators and staff gathered to discuss the role of Chicanas in San Diego communities and the legacy that Gracia has left upon feminist lifestyle, especially for students at Mesa College.

San Diego historian Maria Garcia, recipient of the 2015 SOHO Cultural Heritage Award and author of La Neighbor: A Settlement House in Logan Heights was the keynote speaker. During her presentation, she revealed the history of Logan Heights, and the Chicana people who had made history in that area. La Neighbor

Maria Garcia’s title of the speech was “It’s not ‘His’ Story, it’s History,” and was sure to mention that history was not only from an Anglo male’s perspective.

“I do not like the word Hispanic, or History, because I am not anything of his,” she said.


This year’s event featured the donation of a portrait to Mesa College from Helen Redman. The portrait was completed in 2005 as a celebration of Gracia Molina de Pick’s 75th Birthday. The painting highlights Gracia’s Mexican heritage, her intelligent beauty and the springtime vitality with which she approaches to life. The painting was donated as a gift to Mesa College in honor of Gracia’s work in founding the Chicana/Chicano Studies Department.

Mesa College established a Gracia Molina de Pick Glass Gallery in 2014 located in the Humanities and Multicultural Studies Building. The six-panel glass gallery features a rotating series of displays, with the first one dedicated to Gracia.

This is a Women’s History Month cultural event; to see upcoming events visit the Women’s History Month website.

Tags: Gracia Molina de Pick, Women's History Month, Feminist Lecture Series, Chicana/o Studies