Panels & Speakers

Panels & Speakers

Keynote Speaker

 

DR. VICTORIA M. DEFRANCESCO SOTO

Thursday August 3 at 7:45 pm in the SAC Auditorium

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto is a professor at The University of Texas at Austin and a political scientist providing analysis to media, businesses, non-profit organizations, and academia on the implications of a rapidly changing political and economic environment. Victoria’s areas of expertise include Latino politics, the U.S.-Mexico Border, and U.S.-Mexico relations. As a media contributor, she serves as a regular political analyst for NBC and Telemundo. In academia, Victoria is also widely published in both academic and popular outlets such as POLITICO and USA Today. Victoria translates social science research into a more relatable form of information for a wide variety of domestic and international audiences.

 

 


THURSDAY PANELS

 

Leveraging Successful Mentoring Relationships

Thursday August 3 at 10 am in SAC 2.302

This panel of scholars and practitioners will discuss how to foster productive and rewarding mentoring relationships across your career.

Moderator:

Dr. Jennifer L. Smith

Director, University Leadership Network, UT Austin

Panelists:

Dr. Manny Gonzalez

Non-profit Consultant, Texas Guaranteed

Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly

Vice President of Student Affairs, UT Austin

Dr. Rich Reddick

Associate Professor, Educational Administration

Assistant Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, UT Austin

Ms. Jinane Sounny-Slitine, LMSW

Senior Academic Advisor, Department of Economics, UT Austin

 

Campus Climate and Marginalization

Thursday August 3 at 1:15 pm in SAC 2.302

This panel of scholars and practitioners will discuss campus climate and marginalization issues prevalent on college campuses today. Topics will include racial tension and conflict, Islamophobia, sexual assault, undocumented students and fear of deportation, LGBTQ students, etc. 

Moderator:  

Dr. Rich Reddick

Associate Professor, Educational Administration

Assistant Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, UT Austin

Panelists:  

Dr. Stephanie Hawley

Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, Austin Community College

Dr. Norma Ngo

Director Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Houston, Licensed Psychologist/AASECT CST

President, Texas University and College Counseling Directors Association

Dr. Betty Jeanne Taylor

Assistant Vice President for Inclusion and Equity, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, UT Austin

 

 

 

 

Legislative Impact on Texas Higher Education

Thursday August 3 at 2:30 pm in SAC 2.302

This panel will discuss how decisions and debates in the recent Texas legislative session will impact higher education in the state of Texas. Federal policy will also discussed.

Moderator:

Dr. Denisa Gandara

Assistant Professor, Education Policy and Leadership, Southern Methodist University

 

Panelists:

Dr. Austin Lane

President, Texas Southern University

Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm

Vice President of Community Engagement and Public Affairs, Austin Community College

Mr. Ray Martinez III

President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas

Mr. Jason Smith

Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Governmental Relations, University of Houston System

 

 


FRIDAY PANELS

 

Conference Kickoff: Educational Policy in a Changing Political Climate

Friday August 4  at 9 am in SAC 2.302

This panel will discuss current trends, future issues, and general topics around the symposium theme “Higher Education in a Changing Political Climate”. The session will set the tone for the research and discussions presented during the concurrent sessions on Friday.  

Moderator:  

Dr. Cathy Horn

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Houston

Executive Director, Institute of Education Policy Research and Evaluation (IEPRE)

Panelists:

Dr. Denisa Gandara

Assistant Professor, Education Policy and Leadership, Southern Methodist University

Dr. Liliana Garces

Associate Professor, Educational Administration, UT Austin

Affiliate Faculty, UT Austin Law School

Dr. Teri Longacre

Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Student Success, University of Houston

 

 

 

Presidential Dialogue

Friday August 4 at 1 pm in the SAC Ballroom

The presidential dialogue will feature presidents from a variety of Texas institutions. Dr. Claudia Garcia-Louis will guide the president’s through a discussion about executive leadership and other topics surrounding this year’s theme, “Higher Education in a Changing Political Climate.”

Moderator: 

Dr. Claudia Garcia-Louis

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, UT San Antonio


Panelists:

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

President & CEO, Huston-Tillotson University

Dr. Dana G. Hoyt

President, Sam Houston State University

Dr. Shirley Reed

President, South Texas College