Luz Rodriguez papers
Scope and Contents
Dates of Materials
- Majority of material found within 1968-2006
- Rodriguez, Luz (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
After graduating from Seward Park High School in 1974, Rodriguez spent two years immersed in social and cultural activities in her Puerto Rican neighborhood, which became known as Loisaida (a Latino pronunciation of the Lower East Side). She was deeply involved in The Real Great Society, a gang outreach and community empowerment organization created in 1964 to engage youth in addressing local needs, especially sweat equity projects to create affordable housing. She was also an active participant in Charas/El Bohio, a cultural center where she taught Puerto Rican folkloric dance.
After studying dance at Pratt Institute, Rodriguez graduated from New York University as a dance therapy major in 1982. College research into the sterilization of, and birth control experimentation on, Puerto Rican women planted the seed of later reproductive rights activism.
Rodriguez defines herself as a servant-leader. She has continued to combine grassroots social justice work with administrative leadership in non-profit organizations, including Henry Street Settlement, East Side Family Resource Center, Dominican Women's Development Center, and Casa Atabex. In 1996 she became Executive Director of the Latina Roundtable on Health and Reproductive Rights and played a critical role in the formation of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. In 2011, she become co-chair of the Management Circle of that organization. A specialist in organizational development and non-profit sustainability, Rodriguez currently serves as bilingual training coordinator at the New York City headquarters of the Foundation Center.
In 1994 in recognition for her advocacy work, Rodriguez was awarded a Windcall Residency, a retreat program for those who work for social justice. She is a published poet, playwright, aspiring sculptor, and she remains active in SisterSong. She was married to Norbeto Cruz and later divorced. She has two sons, Gabriel and Abran-Lumi, a step-son, a foster daughter, a kinship foster child, and four grandchildren.
10 boxes (8.5 linear feet)
- I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS (1974-2003)
- II. CORRESPONDENCE (1968-1970)
- III. SPEECHES AND WRITINGS (1986-97)
- IV. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES (1973-06)
- V. SUBJECT FILES (1974-1998)
- VI. PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA (1945-2005)
- VII. AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS (1997-1999)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Appointment books
- Latina Roundtable of Health and Reproductive Rights
- Latina women
- Latina women
- Latina women -- Medical care
- Latina women -- Social conditions
- Puerto Ricans -- United States -- Social conditions
- Reproductive health
- Reproductive justice
- Reproductive rights
- Rodriguez, Luz
- Ross, Loretta J.
- SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
- Women -- Health and hygiene
- Luz Rodriguez papers
- Finding Aid
- Finding aid prepared by Susan Boone.
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- Processing of the Luz Marina Rodriguez Papers was made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities
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