Disciples Divinity House

of the University of Chicago

The Distinguished Alumna/us Award recognizes lifelong service and achievement by a Disciples Divinity House alumna or alumnus. The recipients have been exemplars of varied forms of ministry and service; in some sense, they have each defined these forms. The award, established in 1979, is given every other year. The Alumni/ae Council receives nominations, selects the recipient, and presents the award.

Daisy L. Machado, trailblazing scholar, esteemed mentor, advocate for Latino/a theological faculty, and Disciples minister, was honored by the Disciples Divinity House at this year’s General Assembly. The Alumni/ae Council selected her as the nineteenth recipient of its Distinguished Alumna Award. 

The first US Latina to be ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and one of the first Protestant US Latinas to earn a PhD in religion, Machado is Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her groundbreaking scholarship includes a history of Hispanic Disciples in the Southwest and the co-edited A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology, as well as numerous essays and book chapters. She has developed the concept of “borderlands” historically and conceptually as well as through travel seminars and speaking. Her pathbreaking leadership includes service as Union’s academic dean, and, from 1996-99, as the first Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative.

Ms. Machado earned her PhD in 1996 from the University of Chicago Divinity School as a Disciples Divinity House Scholar. The Distinguished Alumna Award was presented on July 11 at the DDH luncheon during the General Assembly. TCU professor and Alumni/ae Council member Santiago Pinon introduced her, noting her extraordinary leadership and teaching and her courage in mapping new terrains in scholarship. Dean Culp and Melinda Wood, outgoing president of the Alumni/ae Council, presented the award. She spoke in response. Her remarks challenged the audience to critical analysis, presence, and action.

Prior recipients