Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Justice Institute

The Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Justice Institute is dedicated to exploring and perpetuating the landmark work of this Latina|x|e theologian and activistDr. Isasi-Díaz was a Cuban-American theologian who served as professor of ethics and theology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey for 28 years. She was the creator of Mujerista theology, a theological approach based on the lived-experience of Latinas. 

The Ada-Maria Isasi-Diaz Justice Institute is presented in partnership with Drew University and is supported by CT Humanities. 


Preserving Stories



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About Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and the Justice Institute

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz’s system of theological ethics was centered on the wisdom of grassroots Latinas whom she interviewed, eliciting their views on such topics as God, redemption, revelation and then providing extensive excerpts of their responses to her questions in her books. Asasi-Diaz then shared the profits she earned from her publications with these women, demonstrating that their opinions matter, that their insights have value, that they are professional theologians, paid for their ideas.

Each year, The Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Justice Institute will host two lectures on the meaning and impact of Mujerista theology with scholars and activists whose work incorporates the theological method develop by Dr. Isasi-Diaz. In addition, Charter Oak will offer workshops to train Hartford Latinas in the Mujerista methodology so that they can go out and conduct interviews with other Hartford Latinas. From the material gathered, with the participants’ permission, a performance piece will be created and presented to the public and become the basis for a book that carries forward the theologian’s courageous work.

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The Life Stories of Latina|x|e Women Matter.

Would You Like to Be a Part of Preserving Them?

Are you a Latina|x|e woman who would like to learn about what oral histories are and the process of eliciting and recording them? Would you be willing to interview other Latina|x|e women? Would you like to attend a workshop on this topic and earn $100? WHEN: Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, 9:00-4:00 WHERE: Via Zoom WHY: To learn to collect and preserve the stories of Latina|x|e women in our community. WHO WILL LEAD THE WORKSHOP: Dr. Melissa Borja, assistant professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan WHO CAN ATTEND: We are looking for 20 Latina|x|e women who are interested in learning about oral histories and then conducting and recording interviews with other Latina|x|e through the winter of 2023. There are no other requirements. BACKGROUND: In 2022, Charter Oak launched The Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz Justice Institute to honor and keep alive the work of theologian/activist Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, to showcase the work of Latina|x|e women scholars and, as Dr. Isasi-Diaz did, to preserve the stories of Latina|x|e life stories as a sacred source of wisdom. TO APPLY: Please write a short essay (a paragraph or two) about why you’d like to attend and email to Donna Berman at Application deadline is September 15, 2023. Please, also feel free to contact Donna Berman with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you! Click to download shareable files in English.

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Las historias en las vidas de mujeres latina|x|e importan.

¿Te gustaría ser parte de preservarlas?

¿Es usted una mujer latina a la que le gustaría aprender qué son las historias orales/vividas y el proceso de obtenerlas y grabarlas? ¿Estaría dispuesta a entrevistar a otras mujeres latina|x|e?

¿Le gustaría asistir a un taller sobre este tema y ganar $100?

Martes 10 de Octobre del 2023de 9:00-4:00pm

Via Zoom

Para aprender a recopilar y preservar las historias de las mujeres latina|x|e en nuestra comunidad.

La Dra. Melissa Borja, profesora asistente en el Departamento de Cultura Americana de la Universidad de Michigan

Estamos buscando 20 mujeres latinas que estén interesadas en aprender sobre historias orales/vividas y luego realizar y grabar entrevistas con otras latina|x|e durante el invierno de 2023. No hay otros requisitos.

En el 2022, Charter Oak lanzó el Instituto de Justicia Ada María Isasi-Díaz para honrar y mantener vivo el trabajo de la teóloga y mostrar el trabajo de las académicas latina|x|e como lo hizo la activista, Dra. Isasi-Díaz, y preservar las historias de las vidas de mujeres latina|x|e como una fuente sagrada de sabiduría. 

Escriba un ensayo corto (un párrafo o dos) sobre por qué le gustaría asistir y envíelo por correo electrónico a  La fecha límite de solicitud es el 15 de septiembre.Por favor, no dude en contactar a Donna Berman si tiene alguna pregunta.

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