The ACLU of Utah is thrilled to announce that MaríadelMar González, a local grassroots activist and community advocate, has been hired to fill a brand new position. She will assist our integrated advocacy efforts to advance our priorities at the state and local level while strengthening community connections and supporting coalitions in protecting civil rights and civil liberties for all people in Utah.
Welcome to MaríadelMar González, Our New Community Outreach Fellow
“The ACLU of Utah is tremendously excited to welcome MaríadelMar to our team,” states Brittney Nystrom, Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. “Her experience connecting to communities and individuals will enable us to better engage with Utahns from Logan to St. George. With a record number of ACLU members in Utah, we look forward to utilizing MariadelMar’s passion and experience to allow us to better interact with our membership.”
Since arriving in Utah during the summer of 2016, MaríadelMar has been a full-time activist focused on nonpartisan voter registration, bilingual (English-Spanish) phone-banking and canvassing, drafting calls-to-action, and more recently advocating for a progressive agenda that benefits women and marginalized communities in the state of Utah. She has been involved in local organizations and nonprofits that work to establish accessible pedagogy, cultural programming, and interdisciplinary collaborations with underrepresented communities.
MaríadelMar holds a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art history from the University of Illinois specializing in the intersection of art and politics. She has experience in institutions of higher education, art museums, and nonprofits including the California College of the Arts, University of Utah, and Smithsonian National Museum of American History. As an educator and arts advocate, she is focused on bridging the gap between the academic and public communities. Her scholarly work is informed by her experience as a Latina and by her interest in social justice and access to educational resources.
MaríadelMar grew up in Columbia, Missouri, and Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, attending the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez for her undergraduate work in studio art. She went on to attend Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Illinois for her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history, respectively. In addition to her activism and advocacy, MaríadelMar remains active in the field of art history publishing scholarly articles and presenting at conferences. During her free time she enjoys thrifting, cooking, scouting the farmers market, and visiting art museums.
This Community Outreach Fellow position is currently funded for one year through next summer and we hope to secure funding to continue this important work beyond that time.