Veronica Mandujano

Graduate Student

Specialization

Pre-colonial Birthing Technologies, Politics of Pleasure During Birth, Epigenetics and Birth Outcomes for Black and Latinx Birthing People, Non-Western Healing, Free Birth

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara - Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies, with distinction

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) - Department of Filosofía y Letras (Philosophy and Letters), Education Abroad Program

University of California, Santa Barbara - Master of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies (Projected 09/1/2021)

Bio

Born and raised in the East Bay Area and having grown up in East Oakland, Veronica Mandujano began her studies at Merit and Laney Community Colleges in Oakland Ca. She then transferred to UC Santa Bárbara where she began to experience physically debilitating “mystery” symptoms. Western doctors suggested a muscular dystrophy diagnosis that was both life long, and requiring of intense pharmaceutical treatment.

Rather than taking on the social constructionist implications of accepting her diagnosis, Veronica began to engage with plant medicine and hierbas, self healing modalities, and holistic treatments. Through her immigrant parents from Guanajuato and Tijuana, Mexico, she was re-connected to various practitioners and community healers. Her personal journey of regaining her physical strength, as well as her relationships and respect towards plant allies now influences her graduate research project.

In accordance with community parteras in Guanajuato, Mexico, and through an analysis of  Western birthing practices, Veronica seeks to merge pre-colonial healing technologies and modern articulations of the uterus, the womb, and the politics by which gendered, racialized, and low-income birthing people acquire access to free and radical birthing experiences.


Honors and Awards

2019 Ford Predoctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention

2017 Carlos Ornelas Service Award

2017 Transfer Student Research Award

Research

2019-2020 - Graduate Research Fellow for the Divserions in Health Research Project

Under the supervision of Dr. Juanita Garcia (UCSB) and Dr. Bruce link (UCRiverside)
  • Lead weekly mentorship meetings with undergraduates
  • Coordinated weekly and monthly overviews with graduate fellows
  • Coded approximately five articles weekly and updated the coding tool

2017-2018 - Ayahuasca, Globalization and Medical Bio Extractionism, UNAM

2017-2018 - Privatized Immigrant Detention Center Industry, UNAM

Under the supervision of Dr. Juanita Garcia (UCSB) and Dr. Bruce link (UC Riverside)
  • Lead weekly mentorship meetings with undergraduates
  • Coordinated weekly and monthly overviews with graduate fellows
  • Coded approximately five articles weekly and updated the coding tool

2015-2017 - Privatized Immigrant Detention Center Industry

  • Supported by the Chicana and Chicano Studies Honors Research Program
 
 

Projects

Public Talks

2020 - Remembering, Re-Birthing and Returning to Chicanx Studies (Postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic)

Latina/o Studies Association Conference, University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Round-table discussion with Karla Larrañaga and Kristian Vasquez

  • Moderated by Dr. Díaz-Sánchez.

2019 - Violencia Obstetrica, Sanando Nuestro Utero y Cerrando las Caderas (Obstetric Violence: Healing Our Uterus and Closing Our Hips)

Presented at the Encuentro de Mujeres Que Luchan (Gathering of Women Who Organize). Located in the Undisclosed Zapatista Territory in Chiapas, Mexico.

  • Workshop-style talk about how to identify obstetric violence.
  • Interactive component to feel for and treat hip sensitivity postpartum

2017 - The Prison Industrial Complex and the Deportation Center Industry, Student of Color Conference

University of California, Santa Barbara

Overview of hte history of the privatized prison industry and its intersections with privatized deportation holding centers.

Extracurricular Positions and Volunteer Work

2019-Present - Las Maestra's Center for Xicana indigena Art and Social Practice

Graduate Student Fellow

2016-2017 - Student Activist Network

Racial Justice Community Organizer

2013-2015 - Los Medicos Voladores

Spanish Medical Translator

Publications

"The Privatized Deportation Center Industry y La Trans Mujer” in TransMoviementos:Latinx Queer Migrations, Bodies and Space, edited by Magda Garcia, Eddy Alvarez and Ellie Hernandez. Lincoln, NK. University of Nebraska Press.