Advocacy, Activism and Wellness: Identifying and Utilizing Our Collective Cultural Resources

June 5th (Saturday), 2021, 10:00am – 1:00pm CENTRAL Time (CDT) Join us for this workshop platica where we will explore the legacy of our cultural strengths and resources in ways we can use to advocate for ourselves, our families, and our community. Dr. Selma Yznaga, … Continue reading Advocacy, Activism and Wellness: Identifying and Utilizing Our Collective Cultural Resources

Interview on the founding and the work of the Institute of Chicana/o Psychology

Check out our latest interview! We discuss the founding of the Institute and we discuss the work of the Institute! Thank you to Armando Sanchez for hosting this discussion and for asking us to be a part of his show! #razapsychology #InstituteOfXPsychology #xicanpsych #GentePsychology #ChicanxPsychology #BrownItUp #BrownWellness #LivingBrown #psychology #mentalhealth #wellness #wellbeing #Gente #Raza #DECOLONIZE #Chicano #Chicana #Chicanx #Latino #Latina #Latinx

Year in Review 2020

Thank you to all who connected with the Institute this past year! We’ve had another beautiful year together sharing our hearts, our stories, our lived experiences, our pains, our joys and our healing…..together. As always,we are honored that you share your hearts with us. We reconnected with our cultural, familial, ancestral strengths as they manifest in each of us individually.
As you know, our goal is to promote the wellness and well-being of our community through the lens of Chicanx Psychology. For us, Chicanx Psychology moves beyond Western/modern psychology to include our community’s own wisdom and needs (ancestral and contemporary). It is a decolonial approach with Chicanx liberation and healing at its foundation.
This past year we 4 community platica workshops, 6 professional trainings, 4 Friday Chats on Brown Wellness, 2 Special Events, 2 Community Support circles, and 1 Course Offering.
The end of the year falls during Winter. As we just celebrated the winter solstice, the birth of Huitzilopochtli, birth of the new Sun, we honor the energy of winter where we retreat into our caves and reflect, heal, and regenerate We stop as much work as we can and allow the decay to take away all that we don’t need so we can be ready to plant our seeds in the Spring. We close what is done and prepare to open a new year together, celebrating who we are.

Video – Panel Discussion “Brown Identity – Where We Were, Where We Are Now”

This was a panel discussion on 9/26/2020.

A panel discussion platica on the reasons and implications of the labels we use to self-identify racially and ethnically. The names and labels our community has used have always been connected to the social and political climate we experience in this country. Mexican-American, Chicana/x/o, Native American, Hispanic, Latina/o/x are all terms currently used to identify us. Join us as the panelists offer their perspectives on the reasons why we must look more closely at the names and terms we choose for ourselves and the implications for these choices.

Panelists:
Jessica Tlazoltiani Zamarripa (moderator) is a long time Austin mami activist and community organizer working toward social justice within the Latinx community. She is the daughter of a long ago 1930’s San Anto
Chicano father and a mother from a South Texas vaquero family. Tlazoltiani is a mami to 3 children and is currently a co-founder and presenter with the community-based Institute of Chicana/o/x Psychology. She was an organizer for the collective, Latina Mami, for more than 15 years. Her community home is Kalpulli Teokalli Teoyolotl. The preservation of her culture and community is a driving force in her life. Jessica is a founding member of Academia Cuauhtli, a local language and cultural revitalization school program for Spanish speaking Mexican American elementary students. She is also a past council member of Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change and a Danzante de La Luna and danzante with Danza Mexica Xochipilli. Her writing, dancing and community work is medicine toward the liberation, healing, and flourishing of her children and her people.

Alejandro Martinez is originally from El Paso Texas, now living in Austin Texas. He is Native American from the Coahuiltecan people of the South Texas border and Anahuaca from one of the various Mesoamerican nations of central Mexico. He’s a teacher & project coordinator at Academia Cuauhtli, a school for bilingual children that reconnects them with their roots and various aspects of their cultures. He’s also involved in the area’s ceremonial community. Alejandro is part of a large group of Native Americans from Mexico to Canada helping to reconnect our southern relatives with their ancestral identity on social media and through public speaking and teaching events.

Manuel X. Zamarripa is the director and co-founder of the Institute of Chicana/o Psychology based in Austin, TX where he conducts community workshop platicas as well as professional development training for educators and mental health professionals on issues related to Chicana/o/x wellness, cultural identity, and mental health from a Chicana/o/x framework. Manuel’s publications and presentations in psychology and education focus on Chicana/o/x well-being, racial responsiveness, cultural revitalization, social justice and leadership.