Advocacy

Born and raised in Visalia, California, I come from a proud history of Braceros, migrant workers, Guadalupanas, and Chicana/o innovators. My advocacy efforts are expressed through teaching, mentoring, and expanding the political engagement among historically marginalized communities.

Below are selected acknowledgements of my service and advocacy.

SELECTED UNIVERSITY SERVICE

March 10-12, 2013:  Organizer & Host, Bowen Institute for Policy Studies in Higher Education (Claremont Graduate University). Austin, TX.

January 26-27, 2013:  Organizer, The National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project’s (NLERAP) Participatory Action Research (PAR) and Teacher Preparation Workshop (California State University, Sacramento). Sacramento, CA.

July 2012 to August 2012:  Organizer, Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) and Texas Center for Education Policy (TCEP), “Measuring Up: A Statewide Conversation on High-Stakes Testing & Accountability” Conference (University of Texas at Austin). Austin, TX.

September 2011 to February 2012:  Organizer, National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project and Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) Community Reception. Taller Boricua and Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies, New York, NY.

September 22-25, 2011:  Organizer, Inaugural National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP) Grow-your-own Teacher Institute (California State University). Sacramento, CA.

March 2011 to August 2011:  Member, University of Texas’ Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) Research on Diversity and Community Engagement Strategy Team.

June 2010 to January 2011:  Organizer, Texas Center for Education Policy’s “Texas Leading the Nation Legislative Conference” Legislative Conference. (University of Texas at Austin). Austin, TX.

May 15, 2009:  Organizer, Texas Center for Education Policy’s Texas Faces the Future Distinguished Lecture and Symposium: “The State of Education for English Language Learners in Texas.” (University of Texas at Austin). Austin, TX.

August 2008 to 2012:  Member, Policy Studies Research Cluster Member, Center for American Studies (CMAS). University of Texas at Austin

January 2005 to March 2006:  Intern, Chicano/Latino Resource Center (CLRC), University of California, Santa Cruz.

SELECTED COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP

2013:  Organizer, Education Task Force Latina/o Advocacy Days (March 16, 2015). https://www.facebook.com/events/799336050121896/

2013:  Organizing Committee Member, 2013 Texas Latino Summit: Framing a Latino Policy Agenda. Austin, TX: Texas State Capitol. http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?EventID=2139010289

2014 to present:  Member, Sacramento Association of Raza Educators (ARE).

2008 to present:  Member, Texas Latino Education Coalition (TLEC).

2012 to present:  Member, Hispanics Organized for Political Education (HOPE) Legislative Committee.

January 2009 to present:  Member, Texas Residents United for a Stronger Texas (TRUST) Coalition.

2011 to present:  Member, National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) High Quality Teaching Coalition.

2012 to 2013:  Member, Austin Independent School District (AISD) Legislative Advisory Group.

March 11-13, 2013:  Organizer, Inaugural Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) Legislative Institute. Austin, TX.

2011 to 2012:  Member, Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) Fair Funding Now Campaign.

2009 to 2010:  Member, Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Policy Committee

2009:  Organizer, New America Alliance’s (NAA) “Encuentro on Public Education”. Santa Barbara, CA. (Planning: April 2009 to August 2009).

FORMAL MENTORING EXPERIENCE

Number of undergraduate and graduate mentees: 33

Collaborators: University of Texas Center for Education Policy (TCEP); National Latino/a Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP); UT Austin Center for Mexican American Studies; UT Austin Department of Educational Administration; UT Austin Department of Curriculum and Instruction; UT Austin Department of Government; UT Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE); UT Austin Longhorn LULAC; Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF); San José State Department of Mexican American Studies.

August 2007 to Present

LEGAL EXPERT WITNESS

Edgewood Independent School District et al. v The Texas Education Agency. No.: D-1-G1-11-003130 (District Court of Travis County, 200th Judicial District). Date of Testimony: October 25, 2012.

INVITED EXPERT BRIEFINGS AND LEGISLATIVE TESTIMONY

“Latina/o Advocacy Days and Education Task Force Policy Priorities.” Expert briefing before the Texas State Legislature’s Senate Hispanic Caucus, Mexican American Legislative Caucus, and Task Force Organizations. March 16, 2015.

“A Texas-sized Opportunity to Improve the Lives of Latino/as Across the State.” Expert briefing before the Texas State Legislature’s Senate Hispanic Caucus and Mexican American Legislative Caucus, January 26, 2015.

“A Latina/o K-12 and Higher Education Policy Agenda in Texas.” Expert briefing before the Texas State Legislature’s Senate Hispanic Caucus and Mexican American Legislative Caucus, July 9, 2014.

 “House Bill 5 and Proposed Changes to High School Graduation Requirements,” Expert briefing before members of Texas State Legislature’s Senate Democratic Caucus, June 3, 2013.

“High-stakes testing, High School Graduation requirements, and Public School Accountability,” Expert briefing before the Texas State Legislature’s Senate Hispanic Caucus, February 25, 2013.

“House Bill 3 and Public School Accountability,” Invited expert testimony before the House Committee on Public Education, March 17, 2009.

“House Bill 3 and Public School Accountability,” Expert briefing before the Texas State Legislature’s Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and Black Legislative Caucus, March 17, 2009.

“Career and Technical Education in the Public Schools and High School Graduation Requirements,” Invited testimony on House Bill 2471 before the House Committee on Public Education, April 7, 2009.

PUBLIC LEGISLATIVE TESTIMONY

“Senate Bill 161: Relating to a study regarding the costs of educating students of limited English proficiency in public schools.” Written testimony to the Senate Education Committee of the 83rd session of the Texas State Legislature. April 28, 2015. 

“House Bill 3671: Relating to the Public School Finance System.” Written testimony to the House Public Education Committee of the 83rd session of the Texas State Legislature. March 16, 2015.

“Senate Bill 149: Relating to alternative methods for satisfying certain public high school graduation requirements, including the use of individual graduation committees.” Written testimony to the Senate Education Committee of the 83rd session of the Texas State Legislature. February 19, 2015

“Relating to the Implementation of House Bill 5: Public school accountability, including assessment, and curriculum requirements,” written testimony to the Senate Education Committee of the 83rd session of the Texas State Legislature.  April 14, 2014. Austin, TX.

“Relating to the State Board of Education (SBOE) Rulemaking Process of House Bill 5 and New Course Development,” written testimony to the State Board of Education Committee of the Full Board. April 8, 2014. Austin, TX.

“Relating to the Implementation of House Bill 5: Public school accountability, including assessment, and curriculum requirements,” written testimony to the House Public Education Committee of the 83rd session of the Texas State Legislature.  March 26, 2014. Austin, TX.

“Relating to the State Board of Education (SBOE) Rulemaking Process of House Bill 5 and Graduation Requirements,” written testimony to the State Board of Education Committee of the Full Board. November 20, 2013. Austin, TX.

“Relating to the State Board of Education (SBOE) Rulemaking Process of House Bill 5,” written testimony to the State Board of Education Committee of the Full Board. September 17, 2013. Austin, TX.

“House Bill 5: Relating to: Public School Accountability, Assessment, and Curriculum Requirements,” written testimony to the House Public Education Committee of the 83rd session of the Texas State Legislature.  February 19, 2013. Austin, TX.

“House Bill 640: Relating to public school accountability and end-of-course assessment instruments,” written testimony to the House Public Education Committee of the 83rd session of the Texas State Legislature. February 19, 2013. Austin, TX.

“Senate Bill 3: Relating to public high school graduation, including curriculum requirements for graduation and funding in support of certain curriculum authorized for graduation,” written testimony to the Senate Education Committee of the 83rd session of the Texas State Legislature. February 12, 2013. Austin, TX.

“House Bill 500: Relating to end-of-course assessment instruments administered to public high school students,“ written testimony to the House Public Education Committee of the 82nd session of the Texas State Legislature.  March 15, 2011. Austin, TX.

“Senate Bill 28: Relating to eligibility for a TEXAS grant and to administration of the TEXAS grant program,” written testimony to the Senate Committee on Higher Education of the 82nd session of the Texas State Legislature. March 9, 2011. Austin, TX.

“House Bill 9: Student success-based funding for public institutions of higher education,” written testimony to the House Higher Education Committee of the 82nd session of the Texas State Legislature.  March 1, 2011. Austin, TX.

“House Bill 10: Relating to eligibility for a TEXAS grant and to administration of the TEXAS grant program,” written testimony to the House Higher Education Committee of the 82nd session of the Texas State Legislature.  March 1, 2011. Austin, TX.

“House Bill 3 Implementation,” written testimony to the Joint House and Senate Committees on Education of the 81st interim of the Texas State Legislature, Charge One: Update on House Bill 3 Implementation.  September 24, 2010. Austin, TX.

“Restructuring of State Financial Aid for Student Success,” written testimony to the Senate Higher Education Committee of the 81st interim of the Texas State Legislature, Charge One: Financial Aid.  April 25, 2010. Austin, TX.

“Public School Accountability for Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language and other Special Language Programs,” invited testimony on Senate Bill 548, before the Texas State Legislature’s Senate Committee on Public Education, April 22, 2009. Austin, TX.

“Career and Technical Education in the Public Schools and High School Graduation Requirements,” invited testimony on House Bill 2471 before the Texas State Legislature’s House Committee on Public Education, April 7, 2009. Austin, TX.

“Secondary-level English language learners’ Program for Public School Students of Limited English Proficiency,” invited testimony on Senate Bill 2002 before the Texas State Legislature’s Senate Committee on Public Education, March 31, 2009. Austin, TX.

“Public School Accountability,” invited testimony on House Bill 3 before the Texas State Legislature House of Representative’s Committee on Public Education, March 17, 2009. Austin, TX.

“Bill Analysis of House Bill 3,” Presentation before the Texas State Legislature’s Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) and Black Caucus, March 17, 2009. Austin, TX.

“La Clase Mágica in Texas.” Policy Briefing for the Office of Texas Senators Leticia Van de Putte, Kirk Watson, and Judith Zaffarini. December 9, 2009. Austin, Texas.

“Best practices and programs for students targeted to improve the academic success of limited English-proficient students” testimony before the Texas State Legislature’s Senate Committee on Public Education. October 20, 2008. Austin, TX.

MEDIA (Op-Ed) PUBLICATIONS

“Texas Latinos and the Politics of Change.” Huffington Post, Latino Voices. September 30, 2013. www.huffingtonpost.com/patricia-d-lapez/texas-latinos_b_4017945.html

Also published in the San Antonio Express-News, September 13, 2013: http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Texas-Latinos-and-the-politics-of-change-4809805.php and

The Rio Grande Guardian, September 16, 2013: http://www.riograndeguardian.com/education_story_feature.asp?story_no=1

SELECTED MEDIA RECOGNITIONS

“Creating Diverse Political Analysis in Texas.” Texas Research Institute. May 4, 2015. http://texasresearch.org/blog/creating-diverse-political-analysis-texas

Also see: http://www.xicanasoul.com/news/creating-diverse-political-analysis-in-texas/

“A Texas-sized Opportunity to Improve the Lives of Latino/as Across the State.” http://senatehispaniccaucus.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=441a7a3dd4114ba631540a410&id=e78d7a9912&e=d25bbf7389

“A New Agenda for Texas’ Hispanic-majority schools.” Texas Observer. July 29, 2014. http://www.texasobserver.org/latino-education-agenda-more-money-better-teachers/

“A recipe for failure: Keeping children back a grade.” San Antonio Express-News. September 1, 2013. http://www.expressnews.com/opinion/commentary/article/A-recipe-for-failure-keeping-children-back-a-4772027.php?t=8cec8a6527412fd9db

“After 3 decades, Texas legislature rolls back high-stakes school testing.” Dallas Morning-News. June 17, 2013. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20130616-after-3-decades-texas-legislature-rolls-back-high-stakes-school-testing.ece

“Dems, GOP vie for Latino Voters via Education Issues in Texas.” Politics 365. May 23, 2013. http://politic365.com/2013/05/23/dems-gop-vie-for-latino-voters-via-education-issues-in-texas/

“Texas Education Policy and the Politics of the Latino Majority.” Politics 365. April 15, 2013. http://politic365.com/2013/04/15/texas-education-policy-the-politics-of-the-latino-majority/

“Advocates Worry Latino Voices are Being Sidelined in Texas School Reform Debate.” Texas Observer. February 19, 2013. http://www.texasobserver.org/latino-leaders-worry-sidelinedschool-reform-talks/

“Is Texas Ending High-stakes Testing?” Huffington Post.  February 18, 2013. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-stanford/texas-standardized-testing_b_2710470.html

“Texas Eye Falling STAAR.” Houston Chronicle. December 24, 2012. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-lawmakers-eye-falling-STAAR-4142444.php

“Lawmakers are going after STAAR.” San Antonio Express-New. December 24, 2012. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Lawmakers-are-going-after-the-STAAR-4144416.php

“The State of Public Education in Texas.” Dialogue Houston. October 8, 2012. http://sites.hccs.edu/hcctv/bridging-cultures/

Sticking with GPA is smarter than make-or-break testing. San Antonio Express-News, February 12, 2012. http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Sticking-with-GPA-is-smarter-than-make-or-break-3305829.php

“A Discussion on Texas’ Public Education.” Channel 16 Austin Public Television.  Austin, TX. August 7, 2012.

“For Some Texas Schools, Demographic Future is Now.” Texas Tribune.  August 31, 2012. http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/some-schools-texas-demographic-future-here-now/

“For Some Texas Schools, Demographic Future is Now.” New York Times. August 31, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/31/us/hispanic-student-population-swells-at-texas-schools.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0