Plenary Speakers

Student Panel: Student Voices- A Conversation About Early College and Career Success, moderated by Alma Garcia, program officer, Educate Texas

  • Sonia Figueredo, University of Texas Pan American
  • Kristen Lindholm, Texas A&M University
  • Abigail Muñiz, University of Texas El Paso
  • Jesus Valdes, Trinidad Garza Early College High School
  • Devon White, Bowling Green State University

College President’s Panel, moderated by Joel Vargas, vice president, Jobs for the Future

  • Dennis Brown, President, Lee College
  • Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Shirley A. Reed, President, South Texas College
  • David Watts, President, The University of Texas at Permian Basin

Foundations Panel: Investing in Education, moderated by John Fitzpatrick, executive director, Educate Texas

  • Jacob Fraire, Vice President, Student and Institutional Success, TG
  • Charles Glover, Senior Program Officer, The Meadows Foundation
  • Ana Tilton, Executive Director, Grantmakers for Education
  • Wynn Rosser, President, Greater Texas Foundation, Moderator

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Emdin

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is currently a Caperton Fellow and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the WEB DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Master’s degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelor’s degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

He is the co creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector.

Dr. Emdin writes the provocative “Emdin 5” series on a number of contemporary social issues for the Huffington Post. He is also author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation. For more on Dr. Emdin, go to chrisemdin.com.

Check out some videos from Dr. Emdin on his website, YouTube channel, and below.

Watch his TEDxTeachersCollege Talk on transformative practice and mindfulness when our minds are full of conventions, standards, and rules of engagement: http://chrisemdin.com/portfolio/christopher-emdin-at-tedxteacherscollege/

“The closest you are to convention, the deeper you are into narcolepsy.”

Watch a piece on Dr. Emdin’s program #ScienceGenius: http://chrisemdin.com/portfolio/hip-hop-remixes-science/

In this TEDxTeachersCollege talk, Dr. Emdin talks about the true meaning and role of peace, justice, equity, and equality in the classroom by talking about reality pedagogy:

More speakers will posted as their information becomes available.
You can also view the list of the 2013 speakers.