chapter  15
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Denise Segura Segura refl ects on the trials of advancing as one of the few University of California Chicana scholars, beginning in the late 1980s. She explores the choices and consequences of valuing public sociology, and balancing her life as a mother, feminist scholar and community organizer. Segura describes the importance of a feminist borderlands consciousness, and discusses how the projects she works on are informed by personal experiences, as well as by larger social realities

Until the 2006-2007 academic year, I was the only Chicana/o or Latina/o tenure-track faculty in the sociology department at UC Santa Barbara. Until 2004-2005, I was the only Chicana sociologist in a sociology department in the entire 10-campus UC system. Given the demographics of California, I consider this an outrage! However, this imbalance is not surprising given the historical exclusion of Chicanas/os in higher education.