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Featured Speakers and Panelists

Dr. Alejandro Portes
Dr. Alejandro Portes will give a keynote presentation entitled: “Growing up American: The Adaptation of Migrant Youth” at the 2012 OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research Annual conference on Friday, March 23. This year’s conference theme is “From Demography to Identity: Who we Are in America.”

Alejandro Portes is the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and the University of Texas-Austin. Served as president of the American Sociological Association. Born in Havana, Cuba, he came to the United States in 1960. He was educated at the University of Havana, Catholic University of Argentina, and Creighton University. He received his M. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read More

Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch
Consuelo Kickbusch is a renowned, charismatic, passionate and influential speaker with a mission to empower the next generation of leaders with wonderful experiences throughout her career in the United States Army. She founded the human development company, Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS, Inc.), to fulfil her mission of preparing tomorrow's leaders.

Lionel Sosa
Sosa is executive producer and director of “Children of the Revolucion- How the Mexican Revolution Changed America”. He was named “One of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America” by Time Magazine in 2005 and is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He is the author of Think and Grow Rich, a Latino Choice published by Random House, and The Americano Dream: How Latinos Can Achieve Success in Business and in Life, published by Dutton and co-author of “El Vaquero Real- the Original American Cowboy” published by Bright Sky Press. Sosa is a contributing author of “Latinos and the Nations Future”, edited by Henry Cisneros and published by Arte Publico Press, University of Houston in 2009.

Pablo Veliz
Pablo Veliz, writer and director, graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in communication. At age 22, Veliz wrote, directed, produced, and edited his first
feature film, “La Tragedia de Macario,” which was selected in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and several other prestigious festivals. Later that year, Laguna Films in Los Angeles acquired the award winning film for North and South American distribution. Today, Veliz is recognized as a promising director from San Antonio and as a leader in the community of cinema bringing jobs for both cast and crew with a constant and impressive production of feature films. All of Veliz’s films have U.S. and international distribution.

Media Panelists

Ricardo O. Pimentel
O. Ricardo Pimentel, 58, joined the San Antonio Express-News as a metro columnist in May 2011. Formerly a columnist and editorial page editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was a nationally syndicated columnist at the Arizona Republic. He was a Washington D.C. correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, covering Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court and federal agencies. He was a U.S. Navy journalist from 1973 to 1977, serving mostly on Guam, Hawaii and Antarctica.

Pimentel earned a BA in journalism from California State University, Fresno, and is a graduate of the Multicultural Management Program at University of Missouri, Columbia; the Newspaper Management Center at Northwestern University; and the Defense Information School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indiana.

Pimentel is a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and former board member for the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, the California Society of Newspaper Editors and the California Chicano News Media Association. He has written two novels, House with Two Doors and Voices from the River. He has two adult children, Noah, 32, and Emily, 26.

Hernán Rozemberg
Hernán Rozemberg is a journalist who covers international news. A former senior writer for the San Antonio Express-News, he is currently a reporter for Texas Public Radio and for Fronteras: The Changing Americas Desk, a public media project that focuses on cultural shifts that are transforming the Southwest and the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Alfredo R. Santos
Alfredo R. Santos is the editor and publisher of La Voz Newspapers, a small chain of bilingual
publications based in Austin, Texas. In 2007, he received the AUSTIN Chronicle’s Best of Austin Media Maven Award. He dropped out of high school and became a migrant farm worker. Attended a community college in Stockton, California, and transfered to the
University of California–Berkeley. Returning to the fields as a labor organizer for Césár Chávez and the United Farm Workers Union in Watsonville, California, Alfredo learned how to direct strikes, boycotts and organize farm workers. He also learned how to translate the cause of social justice into a narrative form.

Latina Leadership Panelists

Patricia Mejia
Patricia Mejia was appointed the Program Director of NALCAB- National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders in 2007. The mission of NALCAB is to build financial and real estate assets as well as human and technology resources in Latino families, communities and organizations.

Prior to joining NALCAB, Ms. Mejia served as the Executive Director of the 21st Century Leadership Center at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. The Center worked to nurture and develop a new generation of leaders committed and equipped to building and positively transforming communities. During her tenure, she assisted in training 800 civic and community leaders and another 1,500 college and high school students who focus their work in low- and middle income communities.

Mejia’s extensive experience in community based leadership development includes work with the following organizations: the National Latino Children’s Institute, the Hispanic Summit of Nevada, and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute. In her work, Mejia nurtures the development and practice of leadership skills such as: community mobilization, marshalling community assets, advocacy, and relationship building.

Dr. Antonia Castaneda
Antonia Castañeda, born in Tejas and raised in Washington, received her BA from Western Washington State College, MA from the University of Washington, and Ph.D. from Stanford University. She held teaching appointments in Chicano Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and in the Departments of History, University of Texas at Austin, and St. Mary’s University.

She is the author of numerous articles, including the prizing winning “Women of Color and the Re-Writing of Western History.” Her most recent work is the co-edited anthology, Gender on the Borderlands: The Frontiers Reader (University of Nebraska Press, 2007).

Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
Maria Antonietta earned the distinction of serving as the first Mexican American woman on the city council of a major U.S. city when she represented San Antonio's District 1 from 1981-91. She ran an impressive but ultimately unsuccessful bid for mayor of San Antonio in 1991, capturing 47 percent of the vote. Berriozabal donated to OLLU approximately 90 cubic feet of records that document her 10 years on San Antonio's City Council, during which council members considered several major developments for the burgeoning city.

In the fall of 1991, Berriozabal was awarded a fellowship at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She taught a course on women, minorities and public policy. Berriozabal helped found Hispanas Unidas, a non-profit group dedicated to the education, empowerment and advancement of minority women.Berriozabal will soon publish a book about her life and heritage, "María: Daughter of Immigrants," (Sor Juana Press). 

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