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Kitchen Table Testimonios


Audio podcasts dedicated to highlighting the contributions by Chicanas-Latinas, including those important figures who have often been overlooked, as well as raising historical literacy on the issues, methodologies and challenges in teaching Chicana-Latina history.

Our Story

Who we are

Dr. Lani Cupchoy is a Public Historian-Artivist-Photographer-Filmmaker whose research focuses on Ethnic and Gender Studies, United States Transnational/Global History, History of the Americas, Chicanx-Latinx Studies, Asian American-Pacific Island Studies, Indigenous knowledge, Critical Food Studies, Oral History, Visual & Digital Storytelling, and Critical Civic Engagement, particularly through social and cultural expressions by people of color. As a University educator with K-18 teaching experience since 1997 as well as a PAGE Fellow (2009), UC Diversity Fellow (2008) and CSU Chancellors Fellow (2007), she has authored several publications including “Fragments of Memory” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies (2010) and “Breaking the University Myth” in Diálogo (2018). Lani is also an award-winning filmmaker of Truth Seekers (2016), Urban Seeds (2019) and Food Medicine (2020), documentaries that illuminate the power of activism, community engagement, and social justice.  A former elected school board member for Montebello Unified, she led important grassroots policy-making initiatives including the K-12 ethnic studies requirement, extension of the Dual Language Immersion Program to include both Spanish and Mandarin, LGBTQIA+ support and all-gender restrooms, and the expansion of school-based gardens (28 schools total) throughout the district. She currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Chicana(o) Latina(o) Transnational Studies at Pitzer College.

Lucila Chavez was born and raised in the Eastside barrio of Boyle Heights. She completed her undergraduate work in Chicana/o/x Studies and History at UCLA, and her graduate work in Chicana/o/x Studies, History, and Social Studies at Cal State LA. For the past sixteen years, Lucila has taught for both the community college and CSU systems in the departments of Chicana/o/x Studies at East Los Angeles College and California State University, Northridge. She has taught courses in Mexicana/Chicana history, women in Latin America, Chicana contemporary issues, Chicana feminisms, and genders and sexualities in Chicana/o/x communities.



Metztli Hamelius

Pachucas and Gender performance in the 1940s-50s


Leslie Hiatt

Teaching Ethnic and Gender Studies at the Elementary School Level


Eva Cupchoy and Lani Cupchoy, Ph.D.

Otros Saberes – Afro-Indigena Mujeres and Medicinal Healing Practices from Mexico


Deijah Bradley – Interview with Rocio Ramos


Allie Murphy – Interview with Olga Murro


Anya Ayala – Interview with Brenda Villa