The Mexican American Studies Summer Symposium is an annual event intended to promote dialogue, workshops and provide resources for educators and community members interested in advancing Mexican American Studies in San Antonio and the United States.

The symposium was created and organized by Margaret Cantú-Sanchez, Ph.D., Instructor of English at St. Mary’s University, with the support of the University’s Department of English, Literature and Language. The inaugural symposium was inspired by Cantú-Sanchez’s desire to encourage dialogue regarding Mexican American Studies in the classroom and her passion for the subject.

The inaugural symposium, held in Summer 2019, addressed the passage of the Texas State Board of Education’s Mexican American Studies/Ethnic course at the secondary levels. During the symposium, attendees participated in a variety of workshops and lectures on Mexican American history, cultural studies, literature, pedagogy and activism facilitated by St. Mary’s faculty, Mexican American studies experts and community activists.

In the News

In celebration of the inaugural symposium, Cantú-Sanchez penned an op-ed based on the topic of the symposium, Mexican American Studies fills the gaps of our history, which was featured in the San Antonio Express-News.


To view a list of helpful resources from the conference, visit lib.stmarytx.edu/masView a video recording of the event.

Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities

The symposium is made possible by our amazing sponsors and volunteers. If you are an expert in Mexican American Studies and are interested in volunteering your time to speak at our next symposium, we would love to hear from you.

Without our sponsors, the Mexican American Summer Studies Symposium would not be possible. Sponsorship funds help support funding for keynote speakers, workshop supplies, free food and beverages for attendees at this all-day event and more.

For more information on volunteering to be a speaker or sponsorship opportunities, contact Margaret Cantú-Sanchez at 210-431-5027 or mcantusanchez@stmarytx.edu.

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