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Title: MANA of San Diego County Records, 1986-2002Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0437
Extent: 3.75 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1994-1999
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Established in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women's National Association (MANA), MANA is a non-profit organization which seeks to better Latina women, or hermanas, through educational, economic, political, health, and social advocacy programs.  In 1994, the association changed its name to the more inclusive MANA, A National Latina Organization in order to acknowledge its growing diversity.  Today, MANA consists of over 26 chapters, including MANA of San Diego County, and is the "single largest pan-Latina organization in the United States."

In 1986, a group of Latina women dedicated to community activism founded the San Diego Chapter of MANA.  The chapter offers workshops, advocacy programs, conferences, and mentoring programs for Latinas.  The organization's Hermanitas program is a one-on-one mentorship program dedicated to supporting and encouraging pre-teen Latinas to stay in school.  The Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship likewise promotes education amongst young Latinas.  Every year, MANA awards this scholarship at the Brindis, a celebratory tribute to outstanding Latina professionals.  In addition, MANA's Platica lectures give local officials and community leaders a chance to address issues relevant to the Latina community, including immigration and education.  Today, MANA of San Diego County continues to thrive as an organization dedicated to empowerment and leadership of Latinas.

Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, a local Latina activist, was active in MANA from 1993 to 2000.  She served as Strategic Planning Facilitator, Membership Chair, Program Chair and President.  She chaired two Brindis, co-chaired the 1993 National MANA Leadership Conferernce, and chaired the 1996 MANA National Leadership Conference.

Author: Amanda Lanthorne
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I. Administrative Files, 1986-2002

II. Brindis Files, 1994-2002

III. Conference Files, 1993-1999

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Acquired: 06/29/2009.
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Olivia Puentes-Reynolds
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Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, MANA of San Diego County Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
Other Note: This collection was processed as part of the Chicano Studies Archives Project, made possible by a grant from the President's Leadership Fund.
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