Mexican American Civil Rights Institute appoints executive director

After conducting a national search, the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI) has named Sarah Zenaida Gould, PhD, as the permanent Executive Director of the premier national organization dedicated to chronicling and advancing the history of Mexican American Civil Rights in America. The institute is located on the OLLU San Antonio campus.

“Dr. Sarah Gould is a recognized scholar and an amazing leader who will bring an active voice and awareness to the Mexican American Civil Rights movement,” said Dr. Robert Garza, chair of the search committee. “We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Gould serve as the new Director of the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute.”

Dr. Gould, who had served as Interim Executive Director, has helped MACRI enjoy a robust growth period of awareness, recognition and engagement. She will lead MACRI’s presence and engagement to educate and empower Mexican Americans through a strong network and support from leading scholars, historians, civil rights leaders and the community at large, across America.

“I’m looking forward to advancing our vision for a national center filled with engaging exhibitions, lively public programs and an active research center,” Dr. Gould said. “It is beyond time for all Americans to know the names of Mexican American civil rights figures and key issues and instances of Mexican Americans working to fulfill our nation’s commitment to democracy.”