Maria Rita Enriquez (b. 1948) moved to Flint, Michigan from Pleasanton, Texas in 1972. In the early 1970’s, she became a founding member of the Mujeres do Michigan (MUM) as well as the MUM Flint Chapter, an organization with a mission to empower and secure equal opportunity for Chicanas and Latinas in Michigan. She spent ten years (1973–1983) assisting the Hispanic students of Flint through the Spanish-Speaking Information Center, and has since administered to several local and Michigan state government human-services programs. She has also been active with the Flint Urban League and the YWCA.
In 1981, through the recommendation of Governor Milliken, Enriquez was appointed to the Genessee County Selective Service Board; by the appointment of Governor Blanchard, she also served on the Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs from 1983 to 1988. A veteran of worker rights and labor politics, Enriquez has held elected positions in the UAW Local 6000, the largest local(union?) in Michigan. In 2000 she worked with the “Train the Trainer” Health and Safety Dept. Program (International UAW), and was also a member and Vice President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).
Throughout her years of community involvement, Enriquez strove to strengthen the Latino labor movement, advocate for the rights of Mexican immigrants and migrants, advance the causes of Latinas and Chicanas, and work to improve government service to the Latino/Chicano community. Her activism in the Chicano community has been part of the nationwide Chicano Civil Rights Movement.