Elizabeth Martinez, director of the Center for Latino Research, is a recipient of the 2016 Sor Juana Achievement Award from the National Museum of Mexican Art.
The award recognizes women for their social, artistic and lifetime contributions to the Latino community. Of the five categories, Martinez was selected for education. As director of DePaul’s Center for Latino Research, Martinez has collaborated with the museum on speakers and events that promote Mexican and Latino culture for the local community. These collaborations have included the event at the DePaul museum in April for Latino artists, bringing Chicano artists and Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska to Chicago.
“I am not alone in receiving this award. The faculty on the advisory board of the Center for Latino Research have been responsible for the success of our events,” Martinez says.
Besides a professor, she is an author and researcher. From biographies to children’s books, Martinez works to seek a better understanding of her heritage for others. In addition, she serves as the editor for “Diálogo,” an award-winning interdisciplinary journal by the Center of Latino Research.