Below is information for two upcoming events that I will be participating in:

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Annual Conference

Salt Lake City, Utah | April 9-12, 2014

Conference Theme: Fragmented Landscapes in Chicana and Chicano Studies: Deliberation,Innovation or Extinction?

Roundtable Participant: “Chicana/o Studies in the Flesh: A Narrative of Agency, Commitment, and Connection.” Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:30 – 3:40 p.m. Co-participants: The Honorable Luis Alejo, California State Assembly; The Honorable Karina Cervantez, City of Watsonville and the University of California, Santa Cruz; Celina Moreno, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

Student Symposium Chair: “Engaging Chicana/o Issues in a Climate of Political Hostility: Chicana/o Studies, Affirmative Action, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in Context.” Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:40 – 11:50 a.m. Student participants: Marianna Anaya, University of California, Los Angeles; Angelina Loyola, San Jose State University; Samantha Robles, University of Texas at Austin.

Texas A & M Student Conference on Latino Affairs Sponsored by the Committee for the Awareness of Mexican American Culture (CAMAC), the Student Conference on Latino Affairs (SCOLA)

April 4-5, 2014 | College Station, Texas

Conference Theme: Latinos Rising: Empowering Leaders in Civic Engagement

Presentation: “Wide Awake and Calling Shots: Engaging the Texas State Legislature”

Description: During the past three legislative sessions (2009, 2011, 2013), certain Texas legislators have made aggressive attempts to push forth highly contentious policy agendas; some have succeeded and others failed. Among them are unprecedented cuts to public and higher education, anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican/Latin@ policies, diminishing access to healthcare, and the obstruction of reproductive rights. While the Legislature remains a battleground, these same sessions have witnessed notable acts of courage—primarily among Mexican American/Latin@s—within, and outside, of the pink dome. This discussion will engage participants in the politics of the Texas State Legislature. Dr. López brings six years of expertise participating in, and researching the interworkings of the state legislature, the policymaking process, and how external actors—such as university students—traverse this political landscape in meaningful ways. The discussion will also include insights on existing and newly forming efforts that are placing Mexican American/Latin@ and marginalized communities at the fore.

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