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HPN Symposium 2020

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Friday, April 17, 2020
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
109 Student Center Drive (Driving Directions)
San Marcos, Texas 78666

Registration Opens in March

Join us for the annual HPN Symposium. 

The HPN Spring Symposium brings together Texas State students, faculty, staff and community members to meet, exchange and learn information, ideas, and best practices that support and serve Hispanics and Latinx communities in higher education. This year's Symposium focuses on the innovative spirit of our cultures and its contributions to our community, society, and the world at large. The Symposium will give us a space to honor past contributions, celebrate present accomplishments and to discuss building a better future together. The symposium will include workshops, lectures, presentations and keynote address.

Keynote Speaker

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  • Cristina Tzintzún is a leading civil rights leader. She was named “Hero of the New South” by Southern Living Magazine and her work has been featured on NPR, Vogue, The New York Times, MTV, USA Today, Univision, MSNBC’s Up Late with Alec Baldwin, among others. She is also a  JM Kaplin Innovation Prize winner and a Roddenberry award winner.

    Cristina is the founder and Executive Director of Jolt — a Texas-wide organization that lifts up the voice, vote and issues impacting Latinos. Founded in 2016, Jolt seeks to win the nearly 11 million Latinos living in Texas the power and respect they deserve. Jolt’s work has reached tens of millions of Americans, mobilized thousands to action and built the leadership of young Latinos across Texas.

    Cristina began her social justice career when she co-founded Workers Defense Project (WDP), a workers’ rights organization with the mission to win better working conditions for immigrant workers in Texas. She built WDP from a small volunteer project into a statewide organization that was named “one of the most creative organization’s for immigrant workers in the country” by The New York Times. She helped lead the organization for over a decade, taking on two of the most powerful special interest groups in Texas – the construction and real-estate industries.  

    At WDP, Cristina won the passage of half a dozen local and state laws better protecting the rights of hundreds of thousands of workers. Additionally, Cristina uncovered widespread safety hazards facing construction workers in Texas, leading to a federal investigation and new national initiatives to ensure stronger workplace safety enforcement for vulnerable worker populations. 

    Cristina is an author on issues of race, gender and immigration, and she is the co-author of “Presente! Latino Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice” published by AK Press (2014). 

Keynote Address is at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Schedule At-A-Glance

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    9:00 AM 9:30 AM Check-In, Café and Pan Dulce LBJSC Ballroom
    9:30 AM 10:00 AM Welcome & Purpose LBJSC Ballroom
    10:00 AM 11:00 AM Panel #1 LBJSC 3-10.1
    10:00 AM 11:00 AM Presentation #1 LBJSC Room 3-5.1
    11:00 AM 12:00 PM Panel #2 LBJSC Room 3-10.1
    11:00 AM 12:00 PM Presentation #2 LBJSC Room 3-5.1
    11:00 AM 12:00 PM Presentation #3 LBJSC Room 3-6.1
    12:00 PM 1:00 PM 25 Year Celebration (Lunch + Poster Sessions) LBJSC Ballroom
    1:00 PM 2:30 PM Keynote Speaker LBJSC Ballroom
    2:30 PM 3:00 PM Closing Remarks LBJSC Ballroom
  • 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM - Session Descriptions

    • Panelists:

      • Yunuen Alvarado - Student Community Of Progressive Empowerment
      • Cassidy Wright - Underrepresented Student Advisory Council,
      • April Hope Anderson - Black Women United and Pan African Action Committee
      • Uriel De La Rosa, Jolt – Texas State Chapter


      • Gabby Garza and Iliana Figueroa, Jolt – Texas State Chapter
    • Title:
      Immigration & Criminal Justice Reform in Central Texas

      Presenters: Mano Amiga 

      • Eric Martinez
      • Faylita Hicks
      • Beatriz Gomez
      • Karen Munoz

      Since fall of 2016, our immigrant communities across the country are experiencing increasing fear & desolation. In addition, we have seen an increase in the number of families being separated, incarcerated, deported & treated unjustly. As a response, communities, and activists have had no option but to react and to realize that fighting for people’s liberties is a never ending battle, unless systems are established to protect the most vulnerable. In San Marcos, there is an organization (Mano Amiga) that is at the forefront of this battle and that seeks social and policy changes to protect and empower our immigrant community. Before the spring of 2017, there was seemingly no community-focused organization along the I-35 corridor between Austin & San Antonio dedicated to serving the needs of the immigrant community. This presentation will discuss Mano Amiga’s beginnings, its engagement in deportation defense campaigns, coalition building and the need to shift toward criminal justice in Hays County. Furthermore, the presentation seeks to educate the community while finding ways to bridge the gap between university and community resources.

  • Start End Component Location
    12:00 PM 1:00 PM Latinx Stars, HPN Scholarship Award Presentation, HPN 25 Video, Honoring Legacy and Elders LBJSC Ballroom
  • Start End Component Location
    4:00 PM 5:00 PM  Visit the HPN 25 Exhibit  Center for Study of the Southwest

Sponsors & Collaborators

College of Education
Center for Study of the Southwest
Jolt - TXST Student Chapter

Alliance of Texas State

Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff

College of Education

Center for Diversity and Gender Studies

Center for the Study of the Southwest

Dean of Students

Department of Psychology

Graduate College

Honors College

Jolt - TXST Student Chapter

LBJ Student Center

Multicultural Programs Committee

MTY1966 Creative

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Office of Provost

Student Diversity and Inclusion

Underrepresented Student Advisory Council

University Advancement