Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Kaleidoscope Journal

A Journal for Womxn of Color by Womxn of Color

Mission: 

LUCES is pleased to introduce Kaleidoscope, the annual publication of a literature and arts journal for Womxn of Color by Womxn of Color. Our 5th publication is an inter-generational collaborative effort open to all self-identified womxn of color. This includes cis-sexual, cis-gender, transgender, and masculine of center (MOC) womxn of color regardless of gender presentation or sexual orientation.

Kaleidoscope Journal Goals & Outcomes:

  • Provides a space for intentional sharing outside of the classroom and traditional community building arenas
  • Encourages submissions from Undergraduates and Graduate Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff
  • Includes articles, essays, poetry, art, and photography

2019 Submissions: 

LUCES is pleased to introduce The Resiliency of Love. For more information and to submit a piece to Kaleidoscope, please click here. If you have any questions, please reach out to LUCES Scholar C. Castillo (ccastillo4@luc.edu) or Graduate Assistant Tristen Hall (thall3@luc.edu).

2019 Theme: 

This past year's theme- "Authentic Survival" states: Just as a kaleidoscope in the midst of rotating reflects and refracts light, Authentic Survival too is our attempt to honor the colorful ways in which Womxn of Color reflect upon their hxtories in efforts to move forward, in efforts to self-preserve, and in efforts to subvert. Against politics that consistently ask Womxn of Color to pivot their centers for assumed centers, Kaleidoscope is an attempt to provide space for the rich hxtories, cultures, biographies, and voices of Womxn of Color.

Language as Political: 

As Kaleidoscope strives to create inclusive spaces through language, space, and intersectional practices, we have decided to use “womxn” and “hxtory.” By avoiding the “-men” or “-man” suffixes in womxn and hxtory, we aim to achieve independence from patriarchal, heteronormative, and cisgender linguistic norms. We specifically chose “womxn” instead of womyn due to the latter’s roots in transphobia. 

Womxn is meant to be an inclusive, progressive term that not only sheds light on the prejudice, discrimination, and institutional barriers womxn have faced but to also show that womxn are not the extension of men but their own free and separate entities. We chose “womxn” with an “x” because the “x” can represent a diversity of narratives. 

Whether you identify as a womxn-born-womxn, trans-womxn, or a Womxn of Color, the ambiguity of the “x” stands for the many different identities, struggles, and movements womxn have been a part of and have overcome. Let this be an invitation to members of LUCES to engage or continue engaging in more critical dialogue around a commitment to justice and inclusivity in all forms of action.