from training.npr.org: https://training.npr.org/sources/marsha-jones/
Marsha Jones is a grassroots organizer and health educator, as well as the co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women.
Terry Loftis is the president and executive director of The Arts Community Alliance, a nonprofit supporting the arts in North Texas through grant making, capacity building and thought leadership. He can provide insight on the struggles cultural institutions are facing during the pandemic as well as what the future holds.
Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality. Araiza spoke up against the university’s plans for in-person classes in fall 2020.
Christen A. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and African and African diaspora studies and the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. She’s an expert on Black liberation and state violence against Black communities in the Americas.
Sylvia Partida is the CEO of the National Center for Farmworker Health, where she oversees efforts to train medical professionals at community health centers serving uninsured or underinsured patients on the health needs of agricultural workers. The organization works with 174 community health centers across the country that receive federal funding to serve farmworker families.
Sharon A. Navarro is professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an expert consultant on women in politics, race and American politics, and Latinx politics. Her publications include Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the American Judiciary; Latinas in American Politics; and Latino Urban Agency.
Robert D. Bullard is the Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, where he formerly served as dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland school of public affairs. The school plans to establish the Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice in his name.
Daina Ramey Berry is Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and chair of the history department at the University of Texas, Austin. Her research focuses on slavery in the United States and Black women’s history in the United States.
Dr. Ximena Lopez is a pediatric endocrinologist who sees patients at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. As medical director and founder of the GENder Education and Care, Interdisciplinary Support (GENECIS) program at Children’s Medical Center, her primary focus is the care of youth with gender dysphoria.
Luis Zayas has been the dean of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas, Austin and the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy. He is also a professor of psychiatry at the Dell Medical School and president of the Society for Social Work and Research.
Jason E. Shelton is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology and director of the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas, Arlington. His primary research interest is the sociology of religion, but he is also well-versed in race, class and political/social attitudes in the post-civil rights era.
Jared A. Montoya is a professor and associate dean of leadership studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. His research on multicultural counseling, employment discrimination, misperception and Hispanic health has been presented at a number of professional conferences.
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is assistant dean for civic engagement and a lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Previously, she was a senior analyst at Latino Decisions, a Latino polling firm. She was also a senior fellow at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy.
Veronica (Ronnye) Vargas Stidvent can speak about law, politics and policy trends in the Hispanic community. She is the executive director of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas, Austin. Stidvent has held roles in both federal government and higher education in Texas.
Laura Donnelly, founder and CEO of Latinitas, a digital magazine empowering Latina youth through media and technology, told KUT she wants to teach young Latinas to replace negative media representations of Hispanic women with their own visions of success. “You ask a 9-year-old Latina girl, she knows that she is not officially represented in media.
Juliet Garcia is a professor of communications at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, and the senior advisor to the chancellor for community, national and global engagement for the University of Texas system. Previously, she served as president of the University of Texas, Brownsville, a position she held for 22 years.
Yvette Ostolaza is managing partner of the Dallas office of Sidley Austin LLP Dallas, an international law firm, and serves on the firm’s COVID-19 task force. She focuses on advising companies and boards in internal investigations, complex commercial litigation, shareholder and securities litigation, financial services and employment issues.