GSAS Alumna Luz Maria Umpierre Honored at DePaul

Posted December 16th, 2009 at 10:15 am.


Photo by Nemir Matos Cintrón

Poet, scholar and human-rights activist Luzma  (Luz Maria) Umpierre, M.A.  ’76, Ph.D. ’78, was honored by DePaul University’s John T. Richardson Library at a reception in November. The event recognized Umpierre’s donation to the library of a collection of her artwork, poetry, photographs, and documents chronicling workplace legal struggles, lesbianism, and the migrant experience.

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Umpierre has received awards for human-rights advocacy and her pioneering work on the inclusion of issues of sexual orientation, gender, race, class, and ethnicity in Latin American and Latino-studies curricula. Hailed as groundbreaking by feminist and queer-theory scholars, her work is widely anthologized and incorporated in literary histories.

The collection, which spans more than 40 years, reflects Umpierre’s professional career, including legal documents chronicling cases of workplace discrimination that Umpierre experienced on the basis of her ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. It also includes books, memorabilia, and elements of her personal life, such as correspondence, photographs, and some early family documents.

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