Elena Mustakova-Possardt papers
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Elena Mustakova-Possardt papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Mustakova-Possardt, Elena, 1960-
Title: Elena Mustakova-Possardt papers
Dates: 2001-2006
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:As an associate professor of psychology at the State University of West Georgia, Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt helped launch Latinos United of Carroll County (LUCC), a Latino-run nonprofit organization in 2001.
Identification: MS-0033

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt (b.1960-) served as an associate professor of psychology at the State University of West Georgia focusing on psycho-social human development.

She spent the early part of her life in Bulgaria, graduating from Bulgaria's Sofia University with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English language and literature. Her Master's thesis, entitled "The Fall of Selfhood in Renaissance and Romanticism" dealt with the global forces and socio-cultural factors that influence individual and community identity. She received her Doctor of Education degree in Human Development from the University of Massachusetts in 1996.

In 2000, Dr. Mustakova-Possardt at the State University of West Georgia (SUWG) began working with the Hispanic community in Carroll County. Part of her work intersected with the efforts of the Brookwood Center for Outreach and Learning which was a collaborative project initiated by SUWG's Anthropology Department and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce that provided assistance to the area's rapidly growing Hispanic population.

Along with a group of graduate psychology students, Mustakova-Possardt offered the Latino community psycho-social assistance via counseling and education. As the Brookwood Center continued to grow in size and scope, so did Dr. Mustakova-Possardt's efforts to enable the Latino population to develop their own singular community voice. While still working with the Brookwood Center—which by 2001 had relocated and changed its name to the Multicultural Community Alliance (MCCA)—Mustakova-Possardt began work to establish a grassroots, nonprofit organization known as Latinos United of Carroll County (LUCC). The LUCC, while offering many of the same services as the MCCA, actively sought to assist natural leaders to emerge from within the Latino community itself. Through this, the LUCC's aim was to develop a unified Latino community with a sense of belonging and a strong civic voice capable of addressing its own needs. In 2002, Dr. Mustakova-Possardt stepped down as Founding President of the LUCC and Dr. Evangelio González, a local physician from Cuba, took over as President and Director of the Health Clinic.

Dr. Mustakova-Possardt's work within the Latino community in Carroll County received numerous grants and awards including the Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration.

Dr. Mustakova-Possardt participated in an effort to create an Academic Service Learning (ASL) program at SUWG. The program's pedagogical strategy sought to bridge the gap between academic theory and praxis and allowed students to apply skills learned in the classroom to address the needs of the community. The ASL program officially launched in 2004. However, it struggled to garner the administrative support needed to become a fully realized program. The ASL program ultimately dissolved in 2006 following Dr. Mustakova-Possardt's resignation as Assistant Professor at SUWG.

After leaving SUWG in 2006, Dr. Mustakova-Possardt has continued her work in individual and community development as a spiritually-oriented psychotherapist and counselor. She currently lives and works in Arlington, Virginia.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists largely of materials pertaining to Dr. Mustakova-Possardt's involvement with the Latinos United of Carroll County (LUCC). These materials include LUCC brochures, newspaper clippings and board member correspondences in the form of emails. Materials also include LUCC meeting minutes from September 2001 to April 2002. Of particular interest are meeting minutes for the month of September 2001 as they provide a glimpse of immigrant life in the days following the terrorist attacks in New York.

Finally, the collection comprises Dr. Mustakova-Possardt's endeavors to facilitate service-based learning at SUWG. These materials consist of graduate level psychology course syllabi built around the service work done at the Brookwood Center. Also in the collection is Dr. Mustakova-Possardt's 2006 letter of resignation from SUWG.


Arrangement

Organized in two series: 1. Latinos United of Carroll County; 2. The State University of West Georgia. Each series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically.


Index Terms

Hispanic Americans—Cultural ultural assimilation—Georgia.
Hispanic Americans—Georgia—Carroll County.
Latinos United of Carroll County (Ga.)
Mustakova-Possardt, Elena, 1960- . —Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elena Mustakova-Possardt papers. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Provenance

Collection donated by Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt, December 2013.

Processed By

Processed by Brian Crews, 2014

Sponsorship

Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws


Related Material

Multicultural Community Alliance records, LH-0062


Container List

 

Series 1.: Latinos United of Carroll County

Box

Fldr

11Brochure, 2003
2Clippings, undated
3Correspondence as Board Members, 2001-2006
4Grants, Fund for Southern Communities, 2002
5Grants, Mott Foundation, 2001
6Grants, National Council of La Raza, 2001
7Incorporation, 2002
8Meetings, 9 September 2001
9Meetings, 14 September 2001
10Meetings, 21 September 2001
11Meetings, 24 September 2001
12Meetings, 27 September 2001
13Meetings, 05 October 2001
14Meetings, 12 October 2001
15Meetings, 15 October 2001
16Meetings, 19 October 2001
17Meetings, 26 October 2001
18Meetings, 2 November 2001
19Meetings, 9 November 2001
20Meetings, 26 November 2001
21Meetings, 9 December 2001
22Meetings, 6 January 2002
23Meetings, 18 January 2002
24Meetings, 2 February 2002
25Meetings, 11 February 2002
26Meetings, 17 February 2002
27Meetings, 27 February 2002
28Meetings, 2 March 2002
29Meetings, 8 March 2002
30Meetings, 10 March 2002
31Meetings, 17 March 2002
32Meetings, 7 April 2002
33Mission, 2001
34Strategic Planning, National Council of La Raza, 2002
 

Series 2.: The State University of West Georgia

Box

Fldr

135Academic Service Learning, 2004
36Carter Partnership Award, 2003
37Goizueta Foundation, 2005
38Latino Community Resources (list), 2001
39Psychology 6430, Brookwood Apartments, 2001
40Psychology 6430, 2003
41Resignation Letter, 2005