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Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an associate professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. She documents working-class history and lives and challenges stereotypes of the so-called “banana republics” in Central America.
Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti is dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at California Lutheran University. She is an expert on how public policy is impacted by gender, race and ethnicity — specifically on how Latino youth are impacted by technology, the military system and immigration policy.
Erika Andiola is a well-known immigration activist. She is the chief advocacy officer for RAICES and was the press secretary for Latino outreach for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Andiola started her community organizing work when she co-founded the Arizona Dream Act Coalition.
Ron Hira is an associate professor of political science at Howard University. He is also a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. He is an expert in offshoring, high-skilled immigration, STEM and engineering workforce policy, employment relations and the decline of the middle class.
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera researches public opinion of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the U.S. at the Pew Research Center. She is an expert on U.S. immigration, particularly on Mexican immigration to the U.S. and border apprehensions and deportations.
María Pabón López is a professor of law at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she also served as dean from 2011 to 2015. She is an expert in immigrants’ rights (including the education of immigrant children), immigration law, and diversity/multicultural matters in the legal profession.
Maria Cristina Garcia is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. Her work focuses on refugees, immigration, exiles, and transnationals in the Americas. Her book “Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida” provides an in-depth look at the migration of Cubans to the U.S. after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.
Lorella Praeli is vice president of Community Change. Previously, she was deputy national political director at the ACLU, where she fought to defend and expand the rights of immigrants and refugees. She mobilized the Latinx vote as Hillary Clinton’s national Latino vote director and served as United We Dream’s director of advocacy and policy.
Mae Ngai is the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and professor of history at Columbia University. She was previously a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education.
Karthick Ramakrishnan teaches political science and public policy at the University of California, Riverside, and is the founding director of its Center for Social Innovation. He is an expert on immigration policy, and his research interests include political behavior, policy process, federalism, interest groups, and Latino and Asian American politics.
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.