J. Paul Taylor Symposium

16th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium


ZOOM Meeting ID:

996 9454 6715

Sunday, March 28th 5:30-7:30pm      

Symposium Opening:

Blessing Ceremony by Tortugas Pueblo

Welcome – NMSU Chancellor: Dr. Dan Arvizu & JPTS Co-Chairs, Dr. Cynthia Bejarano and Martha Estrada

Special Video from the Honorable J. Paul Taylor

Department of Government Social Justice Award Recipient

Community Award Recipient

Keynote Address: NM Attorney General Hector Balderas

Monday, March 29th 5:30-7:30pm

Panel 1: The History of Braceros and Farmworker Struggles at the Borderlands

Moderated by Dr. Blanca Araujo, Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Yolanda Leyva, UTEP Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Oral History; Francisco Uviña, Jr., son of former Bracero and UNM Director of Historic Preservation + Regionalism Certificate Program; Dr. David Holtby, Guadalupe Institute Board Member; and Carlos Marentes, Executive Director of the Border Farmworker Center

Tuesday, March 30th 5:30-7:30pm

Panel 2: Legal Issues Affecting Farmworkers in West Texas and Southern New Mexico

Moderated by Felipe Guevara, NM Center on Law and Poverty

Ismael Camacho, NM Legal Aid Staff Attorney; Abraham Sanchez, Comunidades en Acción y de Fé (CAFé) Community Organizer; Stephanie Welch, NM Center on Law and Poverty Workers’ Rights Director; and Alberto Mesta, Texas Rural Legal Aid, El Paso Branch Manager

Wednesday, March 31st 5:30-7:30pm

Panel 3: Farmworkers and Public Education K-20

Moderated by Dr. Judith Flores Carmona, Associate Professor and Honors College Faculty Fellow

Dennis Daily, NMSU Library Head of Archives and Special Collections; Francisco Garcia, Director of Interstate Migrant Education Council; Laura Henry, NM State Coordinator of Migrant Education; Dr. Lane, Director of Three Rivers Education Foundation’s High School Equivalency Program; and Martha Estrada, NMSU CAMP Director

Thursday, April 1st 5:30-7:30pm

Panel 4: Health Disparities, Food, and Financial Insecurities for Farmworkers

Moderated by Zaira Martin, CAMP Student Ambassador

Testimonios by Ricardo Trejo, CAMP Recruiter, and Local Farmworker Families

Friday, April 2nd 5:30-7:30pm

Introduction of Filmmaker, Eduardo Chávez (grandson of Cesar Chávez)

Introduced by Martha Estrada, NMSU CAMP Director

Film, Hailing César and Q & A with Eduardo Chávez

A Preview of Hailing César

The New York Times: Jose Garcia, New Mexico Farmworker, Dies at 68


NMSU Chancellor’s Office, NMSU President’s Office, NMSU Provost’s Office, NMSU Doña Ana Community College, Honor’s College, NMSU College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Government Department, College of Arts and Sciences Fulton Endowed Chair, NMSU College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), NMSU CAMP Student Council, J. Paul Taylor Academy, and the Guadalupe Institute

14th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, March 15th 2018

Mission Statement

Indivisible Justice Beyond Walls & Borders

The theme of the 14th annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium (2018) is Indivisible Justice Beyond Walls & Borders. This year’s JPT Symposium will address the following questions:

  • How do we expose the physical and subtle borders and walls of racism, colonialism/settler colonialism, patriarchy/heteronormativity, transphobia, ableism etc. within NMSU and the communities we serve on this Borderland and
  • how do we open the space for imagining the possibilities of a world without walls and borders?
    JPT Symposium (2018) will be held on Thursday March 15 at the Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre at ASNMSU Center for the Arts. It will be organized in solidarity with a few representatives of the growing local and global social movements/scholars engaged in issues of racial and gender justice, abolition, devolution and decolonizing in relation to borders and walls.

Mission Statement (Spanish Version)

Spanish Translation by Diana LopezJ. Paul Taylor Simposio de Justicia Social 2018
Declaración de objetivos fundamentales15 de marzo, 9-6 pm
Teatro Mark and Stephanie Medoff en el ASNMSU Centro de las Artes
1000 E. University Avenue

Justicia Indivisible más allá de Muros y Fronteras

El tema anual del J. Paul Taylor Simposio de Justicia Social (2018) en su aniversario número catorce es Justicia indivisible más allá de muros y fronteras. Este año el simposio JPT dirigirá atención a las siguientes preguntas

  • Como exponer las fronteras físicas e imperceptibles y muros de racismo, colonialismo/ colonialismo de colonizador, patriarcado/heteronormatividad, transfobia, discriminación contra personas con discapacidad, etc. dentro de la Universidad Estatal de Nuevo México y las comunidades a las cuales servimos en estas fronteras y.
  • Como crear e abrir un espacio para imaginar la posibilidad de un mundo sin muros y fronteras.

El simposio JPT (2018) se llevará acabo el jueves 15 de marzo en el teatro Mark and Stephanie Medoff localizado en el Centro de las Artes de ASNMSU. Organizado en solidaridad con portavoces del desarrollo local e movimientos académicos social y globales involucrados en cuestiones afines a la justicia racial y de género, abolición, descentralización y descolonización en relación a las fronteras y muros.


Wednesday March 14, 2018
Evening Event: Special Community Workshop by Guest Christina Marín:
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Location: Isabella M. Crouch Reader’s Theatre, NMSUThursday March 15, 2018
All-Day Events
Time: 9 am-6 pm
Location: Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre at ASNMSU Center for the Arts
1000 E. University Avenue

Community Collaborators/Lobby of ASNMSU Center for the Arts:

  • ACLU
  • Hope Border Institute
  • CAFe
  • J. Paul Taylor Academy Exhibit: Reimagining Our World: Building Blocks of Justice

Presentations, Exhibits, and Films:

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Blessing Ceremony: Patrick Narvaez, Tortugas Pueblo Cacique

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Beth Pollack, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Manal Hamzeh, Chair of JPTS Planning Committee

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Speaker: The Honorable J. Paul Taylor
Introduced by: Audrey Hardman-Hartley, Executive Director, Jardin de los Ninõs

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Keynote Speaker: Margo Tamez, Associate Professor of the Indigenous Studies Program, Community, Culture, and Global Studies Department, University of British Columbia at Okanagan
Introduced by: Cynthia Bejarano, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies/Gender and Sexuality Studies

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Break Snacks/Tea & Coffee – Public Invited

10:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Film Screening: El Muro by Ramon Resendiz and Rosalia Resendiz (2017) (73 mins)
Introduced by: Cynthia Bejarano, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies/Gender and Sexuality Studies

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Panel Presentation: The Paso Del Norte Region: Histories, Impacts, and Abolishing Border Colonialism

  • Gabriela Moreno, Assistant Professor of Spanish, NMSU
  • Camilo Perez-Bustillo, Director of Advocacy and Research at Hope Border Institute in El Paso
  • Emiliano Ignacio Díaz Carnero, Political Geographer, Department of Cultural Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Cd. Juarez, Mexico.
  • Cynthia Pompa, ACLU El Paso, Field Organizer with the ACLU, Regional Center for Border Rights

Introduced by: Connie Voisine, Poet and Associate Professor of English

This panel brings together scholars, practitioners, and specialists in the fields of law and human rights, civil liberties, discourse analysis, and political geography to critically deconstruct the rhetoric and policies of border militarization. Drawing upon a range of methodologies and paradigms, these presentations offer a bi-national, bilingual investigation into boundary construction and activist efforts to challenge state violence and surveillance of borderlands communities.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Applied Drama Workshop and Talk: Re-Imagining the Headlines
Speaker/Director: Christina Marín, Program Director of Theatre & Film at Phoenix College
Introduced by: Larissa Lury, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Using Newspaper Theatre techniques developed to unpack how current events are portrayed through different media outlets, Dr. Christina Marín will get us thinking about how the way in which a story is told can shape our lives. These activities can help us to take ownership of our own narratives and assist us in breaking down some of the walls and borders between us, in order to imagine a way forward.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Exhibit/Engagement: Visualizing Palestine
Introduced by: Manal Hamzeh, Associate Professor Interdisciplinary Studies/Gender and Sexuality Studies

This is a research-based art exhibit by Visualizing Palestine (VP) about the walls and borders on Palestinian land and their impact on Palestinians’ lives. The exhibit takes the viewer through a number of infographic posters that we will use as prompts to open a conversation. The posters are what VP calls data-driven tools, that present a factual, rights-based narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Visualizing Palestine is a collective of researchers, designers, technologists, pedagogues, and communications specialists. The VP collective works in partnership with civil society actors to amplify their impact and promote justice and equality– click here for more information.

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Break Snacks/Tea & Coffee – Public Invited

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Department of Government Social Justice Award
Faculty Awardee: Dr. Dulcinea Lara, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
Dr. Nicholas Natividad, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
Student Awardee:Kayla Myers (MA Anthropology/Minor in Native American Studies)
Introduced by: Neil Harvey, Professor and Department Head of Department of Government
J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Award for a Community Member
Awardee: Audrey Hardman-Hartley, Executive Director, Jardin de los Ninõs
Introduced by: Anne Hubbell, Professor of Communication

4:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Film Screening: Open Bethlehem (2014)
Introduction by: Manal Hamzeh, Associate Professor Interdisciplinary/Gender & Sexuality Studies

6:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Closing thoughts: Neil Harvey, Professor and Department Head of Department of Government

6:15 PM – 7:00 PM
Reception – Public Invited


Sponsors of 14th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Award


Community Sponsors:
The Honorable J. Paul Taylor

NMSU Sponsors:
Office of the Provost
College of Arts and Sciences
International and Border Programs

NMSU Academic Departmental Sponsors:
Department of Theatre
Department of English
Interdisciplinary Studies Department
Creative Media Institute for Film and Digital Arts
Department of Criminal Justice
Department of Government
Department of Art
Department of Languages and Linguistics
Department of Communication Studies
Department of Anthropology

Bios of Speakers, Information on Films and Exhibit, and Bios of Social Justice Awardees

14th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium
Bios of Speakers, Information on Films and Exhibit, and Bios of Social Justice Awardees

Margo Tamez (Lipan Apache Band of Texas) is of Kónitsąąíí Ndé peoples from the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas and is an Associate Professor in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of critically acclaimed books Naked Wanting (2003), and Raven Eye (2007). Her critical-creative interests are located in Ndé oral history, poetry and poetics; Ndé enduring Aboriginal land rights; self-determination; race and gender. She sustains focus on meanings which Nde’ peoples place on beingness, belongingness, and commemorative enactments of homeland, genocide-induced trauma, and dispossession. Her work foregrounds kinship epistemologies within Ndé, Nahua, Jumano, and Comanche river peoples’ kinship systems, emphasizing gender-culture-fluid agency which controverts ethno-historical ‘Lipan Apaches’. She conveys Ndé decolonization as nascent through community epistemology and mother-daughter ‘rivered remembering’. Her book project, entitled, Ndé Peoples Remain!: Refusing Dispossession and Remembering Genocide, 1546-2017 weaves memory, law, history, poetry, and poetics.

Gabriela Moreno is an Assistant Professor of Spanish for the Department of Languages and Linguistics at New Mexico State University (NMSU). She completed her B.A. and her M.A. from NMSU, and earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature with an emphasis in Border Studies, from The University of Arizona. As a native of the borderlands region and the Mesilla Valley area, her upbringing has been very influential in her teaching and research interests. She was raised in a family of agricultural labor workers from whom she learned strong work ethics and moral values. Her scholarly expertise is in the area of pedagogy and methodology for heritage language speakers, which includes language socialization, languages in contact and acquisition of Spanish in the U.S. Her research interest expands to the areas of Border Studies and Chicano/Mexican/Border literature. Her publications include Mean Green: Nation Building in the National Border Patrol Museum and Tertulia: La escritura como acto público, social y cultural, among others. She is the coordinator for the Spanish for Heritage Learners and Spanish for Native Speakers Program and co-faculty adviser for the College Assistance Migrant Program and Mujeres y Hombres Activ@s Revolucionari@s.

Camilo Perez-Bustillo is Director of Advocacy and Research at Hope Border Institute in El Paso, a Research Fellow affiliated with the School of Law at the University of Dayton, and the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP, a project of the International Social Sciences Council, based at the University of Bergen in Norway), and with FLACSO’s program on poverty and migration in Guatemala City. He was a Visiting Professor at NMSU from 2013 to 2016, and is co-author with Karla Hernandez Mares of Human Rights, Hegemony and Utopia in Latin America: Poverty, Forced Migration and Resistance in Mexico and Colombia (Brill 2016/Haymarket Books 2017

Emiliano Ignacio Díaz Carnero is a Political Geographer in the Department of Cultural Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Cd. Juárez. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He is a member of the Padrón of young researchers of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Conacyt), the governmental office which administers and designs all public policies regarding science and Technology in Mexico. He is a “Cátedra Conacyt,” a researcher who work at Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Ciudad Juárez. Emiliano has completed two research stays in the Department of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona in Tucson and the Nattie Lee Benson Latino-American Collection at the University of Texas in Austin. Emiliano is a mediator within the Dispute Resolution Center of the Rio Grande Council of Governments in El Paso, Texas, and is the founding Director of the Instituto de Geografía para la Paz in México City and in Ciudad Juárez, which will open soon. His work is centered on peace, interculturalism, human rights, security, citizenship security and socioterritorial conflict.

Cynthia Pompa is a native to the borderlands who grew up in Cd. Juarez and El Paso, TX. She is the Field Organizer with the ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights, where she works to defend and protect the civil rights of everyone, regardless of immigration status, and resist the militarization of the U.S-Mexico border. She joined the ACLU in July 2014, and works with the ACLU’s National office, San Diego, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas affiliates on border-wide policy and organizing goals. She has led border-wide abuse documentation campaigns, and has played a key role in coalition efforts to resist Trump’s deportation force. Cynthia has a degree in Economics and International Relations from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. After graduating, she did two years of service, one as a Community Advocate through AmeriCorps in San Antonio, TX. And another one, as a Health Outreach Coordinator in Peru.

Christina Marín
Dr. Christina Marín is the Program Director of Theatre & Film at Phoenix College. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre with a concentration in Acting and Directing from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Theatre with a concentration in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. She is an international practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in educational settings including schools, leadership programs, and community youth work organizations. Her work has taken her to Singapore, Jamaica, Ireland, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Turkey, and South Africa, as well as across the United States. She has presented workshops and papers at the annual meetings of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI), and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), among others. Most recently, she edited Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences with José Casas through Dramatic Publishing.

Film Synopsis

El Muro by Ramon Resendiz and Rosalia Resendiz (2017) (87 mins.)
El Muro foregrounds the shaping of the Texas landscape by the resistance of its original inhabitants, the Lipan Apache/Nde’, who have lived, and continue to live, on their traditional land despite colonial, imperial, and postcolonial efforts to dispossess them of it. The focal point is the struggle of Dr. Eloisa G. Tamez against the US Department of Homeland Security that implemented eminent domain to seize a portion of her own Lipan Apache ancestral land in El Calaboz Rancheria. This portion of the San Pedro de Carricitos Land Grant of 1786 was granted by the Spanish Crown, which began with Jose de Escandon’s entrance into the area in 1745 with the settling of Nuevo Santander. Colonial records exist, which explicitly acknowledge the ownership of Lipan Nde’ land in Texas by both indigenous peoples, before the United States existed as an entity. The unjust seizure of their land by DHS impacts Lipan Apache cultural traditions and their very way of life, since their lives are intrinsically tied to the land and river to which they no longer have access – a clear breach of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which the United States is a signatory.

Open Bethlehem by Leila Sansour (2014) (90 mins.)
Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her hometown, soon to be encircled by a wall. The face of Bethlehem is changing rapidly with potentially detrimental consequences. Reports predict that if trends continue the Christian community of Bethlehem, a city that provides a model for a multi-faith existence, may be unsustainable within one generation. Open Bethlehem is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under Israeli occupation. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material. In fact the making of this film has led to the creation of the largest visual archive of Bethlehem in the world and plans are currently being discussed with University College London (UCL) to turn the collection into a museum. While telling a personal story, the film charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to Palestine.
For more information visit the official web page.

Social Justice Awardees

J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Community Awardee:

Audrey Hardman-Hartley presently services as the Executive Director of Jardin de los Niños. She has over 26 years of experience in marketing and administration. She has served the Las Cruces Community in many capacities, including Board Membership of Community Action Agency, March of Dimes, NMSU College of Education, NMSU Alumni Association, the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation, and the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Conquistadores. Audrey has also added to her list of accomplishments the title of Author, having published her first children’s book, Colors for Michaela—a feat she says is a dream come true. She became the director of Jardin de los Niños in March of 2014, completely changing her career path, and focusing on her favorite subject—children. Since arriving at Jardin, the organization was recognized by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce as the Non-Profit of the Year for 2014, and by Albuquerque First as the State Educational Non-Profit of the year in 2016. In 2016, Jardin received its five-star certification through the New Mexico FOCUS program—the highest certification attainable for any day care center. She was also recognized for Outstanding Achievement by the Conquistadores in 2016. She is the wife of Chef John Hartley who serves as a professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management at New Mexico State University. She is also the proud mom of Blair Hartley, who is a fourth-generation NMSU Aggie, and of Brock Hartley, a UNM Lobo. Her life philosophy is to challenge herself, to try new things, and to keep a sense of humor about everything.

Government Department , New Mexico State University

Social Justice Awardees:

Dr. Dulcinea Lara (NMSU Faculty Awardee) is a native of southern New Mexico who is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice department at New Mexico State University. She is also the Director of NMSU’s nascent Ethnic Studies program. She and her colleagues
recently designed a 12-installation museum exhibit titled Trotando Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands. The exhibit was received with enthusiasm and eagerness in Las Cruces and has plans to travel to regional cities as well as cities outside the Southwest. Currently, her main projects include work on a manuscript titled, “Revisiting the Land of Enchantment: Race and Tourism in New Mexico” and research about Nadine and Patsy Cordova, sisters from rural Vaughn, New Mexico, who taught Ethnic Studies in middle and high school in their tiny hometown in 1997 and were subsequently fired. This story precedes the criminalization of Ethnic Studies in Tucson in 2010 and puts New Mexico on the map as often overlooked in critical race debates and social justice movements—but actually always squarely in the center.

Dr. Nicholas Natividad
(NMSU Faculty Awardee) has dedicated his work to the intersections of Chicanx, borderlands, justice and curriculum studies. Since his arrival at NMSU in 2015, he has contributed to meaningful community programs and initiatives, ranging from his involvement the celebrated museum exhibit in Trotando Pasos Ajenos: Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands, as a founding board member of Xinachtli, core member of the LCPS Ethnic Studies task force, and dedicated work to establish Las Cruces as a Welcoming City for All. Natividad has been instrumental in creating coalitions with non-profit organizations ACLU, NM CAFe, Hope Border Institute, and Catholic Charities. Natividad’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally. Natividad received his Ph. D. from Arizona State University in Justice Studies (2012) after receiving his M.A. from the State University of New York (Binghamton) in Philosophy (2007). His research interests include Borderlands studies, race and identity, immigration, critical legal studies, indigenous jurisprudence, chicanx studies, and diversity in higher education. Currently, Natividad teaches courses on criminological theory, race, justice, immigration, Mexican American studies and issues of social justice. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the publication of his book in progress, The Mythmaking of Kings and Capitalists: Sovereignty, Economy, and Human Rights Along the U.S.- Mexico Border.

Kayla Autumn Myers (NMSU Student Awardee) finds her inspiration in the healing work that women do in our world, from healing ourselves, to our communities and our social systems. Her first professional position was as an advocate at a Domestic Violence shelter. She saw first-hand the systems of injustice that women are forced to survive and the courage that they were capable of in seeking healing after trauma. Later, Kayla served as a Human Rights Accompanier in Guatemala with the Network in Solidarity With the People of Guatemala (NISGUA). Her role was to stand with, and publicize the work of, Guatemalan human rights defenders as they peacefully demanded respect of their human, environmental, and cultural rights while seeking justice for the genocide of the 1980s. She was amazed at the ability of women to organize for social justice while finding healing from the horrors of war. She continues on the organizational council for NISGUA and uses her connections to educate and involve her community in social justice work across borders. Currently, Kayla collaborates with a cancer support group in Ciudad Juarez that is transforming how we think about health disparities in the Borderlands. Inspired to carry on this healing work and having fallen in love with the desert, she hopes to make Las Cruces her home upon graduation. In May of 2018, Kayla will graduate from NMSU with a Masters in Anthropology and a minor in Native American Studies.

Bios of Speakers, Information on Films and Exhibit, and Bios of Social Justice Awardees (Spanish Version)

XIV Simposio Anual de Justicia Social de J. Paul Taylor, Biografías de oradores, información sobre películas y exposiciones,
y Biografías de adjudicatarios al reconocimiento de justicia social

Dra. Margo Tamez (Lipan Apache Band of Texas) es de las gentes Kónitsaaíí Ndé de la parte baja del Rio Grande en Tejas, es profesora asociada en el programa de Estudios Indígenas en la Universidad de Columbia Británica en Vancouver. Es autora de libros aclamados por la crítica Naked Wanting (2003), y Raven Eye (2007). Sus intereses critico creativos se encuentran en la historia oral Ndé, la poesía y poética; derechos de tierras perdurables Ndé indígenas. Autodeterminación; raza y género. Sostiene su enfoque en los significados que la gente Ndé coloca en sus existencias, el pertenecer, y representaciones conmemorativas de patria, genocidios inducidos a causa de trauma, y tendencias. Su trabajo destaca epistemologías de parentesco entre Ndé, Nahua, Jumano, Comanche River Peoples y sistemas de alianza, enfatizados en la voluntad de género cultural fluido el cual contradice etnohistóricas ‘Lipan Apaches.’ Transmite la descolonización Ndé como emergente a través de epistemologías de comunidad y “rivered remembering” de madre e hija. Su libro de proyecto, titulado, Ndé Peoples Remain!: Refusing Dispossesion and Remembering Genocide, 1546-2017 entreteje memorias, ley, historia, poesía, y poética.

Dra. Gabriela Moreno es profesora asistente de español en el Departamento de Idiomas y Lingüística en la Universidad Estatal de Nuevo México (NMSU). Llevo a cabo sus licenciaturas y maestría de NMSU y recibió su doctorado en Literaturas Hispánicas con énfasis en Estudios Fronterizos de la Universidad de Arizona. Como originaria del área fronteriza y el Valle de Mesilla, su crianza ha sido influyente en su enseñanza e investigaciones. Se creó en una familia de trabajadores agrícolas, de quienes aprendió una fuerte ética de trabajo y valores morales. Su experiencia académica es en el área de pedagogía y metodología para hablantes de herencia, que incluye socialización del lenguaje, idiomas en contacto y adquisición de español en los Estados Unidos. Su interés de investigación se expande a las áreas de estudios fronterizos y literatura chicana / mexicana / fronteriza. Sus publicaciones incluyen Nation Building in the National Border Patrol Museum and Tertulia: La escritura como acto público, social y cultural, entre otros. Ella es la coordinadora del programa de Español para Hablantes de Herencia y el programa de Español para Nativo Hablantes, y co-consejera de la facultad para el College Assistance Migrant Program y Mujeres y Hombres Activ @ s Revolucionari @s.

Camilo Pérez-Bustillo es Director de Promoción e Investigación en Hope Border Institute en El Paso e Investigador Asociado afiliado a la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Dayton, y del Programa de Investigación Comparativa sobre Pobreza (CROP, un proyecto de las Ciencias Sociales Internacionales) Consejo, con sede en la Universidad de Bergen en Noruega), y con el programa de FLACSO sobre pobreza y migración en la ciudad de Guatemala. Fue profesor visitante en NMSU de 2013 a 2016, y es coautor con Karla Hernández Mares de Derechos Humanos, Hegemonía y Utopía en América Latina: Pobreza, Migración Forzada y Resistencia en México y Colombia (Brill 2016 / Haymarket Books 2017).

Dr. Emiliano Ignacio Díaz Carnero recibió su doctorado en Geografía de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Es miembro del Padrón de jóvenes investigadores del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Conacyt), la oficina gubernamental que administra y diseña todas las políticas públicas sobre ciencia y tecnología en México. Es un “Conacyt Cátedra”, un investigador que trabaja en el Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) en Ciudad Juárez. Emiliano ha completado dos estancias de investigación en el Departamento de Geografía y Desarrollo Regional de la Universidad de Arizona y la Colección Latinoamericana de Nattie Lee Benson de la Universidad de Texas. Emiliano es mediador dentro del Centro de Resolución de Disputas del Consejo de Gobiernos de Río Grande en El Paso, Texas, y es el Director fundador del Instituto de Geografía para la Paz en la Ciudad de México y en Ciudad Juárez, que se abrirá próximamente. Su trabajo se centra en la paz, la interculturalidad, los derechos humanos, la seguridad, la seguridad ciudadana y el conflicto socioterritorial.

Cynthia Pompa es originaria de las tierras fronterizas, creció en Cd. Juárez y El Paso, TX. Ella es la organizadora de campo del Centro Regional ACLU para los Derechos Fronterizos, donde trabaja para defender y proteger los derechos civiles de todos, independientemente de su estatus migratorio, y se resiste a la militarización de la frontera entre los Estados Unidos y México. Se unió a la ACLU en julio de 2014 y trabaja con la oficina nacional de la ACLU, con los afiliados de San Diego, Arizona, Nuevo México y Texas en la política de toda la frontera y las metas de organización. Ha liderado campañas de documentación de abuso en toda la frontera, y ha jugado un papel clave en los esfuerzos de la coalición para resistir la fuerza de deportación de Trump. Cynthia es licenciada en Economía y Relaciones Internacionales de St. Mary’s University en San Antonio, TX. Después de graduarse, ella hizo dos años de servicio, uno como defensora de la comunidad a través de AmeriCorps en San Antonio, TX y otro como Coordinadora de Salud en Perú.

Dra. Christina Marín es la Directora de Programa de Teatro y Cine en Phoenix College. Tiene una Licenciatura en Ciencias en Teatro con concentración en Actuación y Dirección de Northwestern University, y un doctorado en Teatro con concentración en Teatro para Jóvenes de la Universidad Estatal de Arizona. Es una practicante internacional de técnicas del Teatro del Oprimido (Theatre of the Opressed) en contextos educativos que incluyen escuelas, programas de liderazgo y organizaciones comunitarias de trabajo juvenil. Su trabajo la ha llevado a Singapur, Jamaica, Irlanda, México, Ecuador, Colombia, Turquía y Sudáfrica, así como a través de los Estados Unidos. Ha presentado talleres y ponencias en las reuniones anuales de Pedagogía y Teatro del Oprimido (PTO), la Asociación para el Teatro en la Educación Superior (ATHE), la Asociación Estadounidense de Investigación Educativa (AERA), el Instituto Internacional de Investigación del Drama en la Educación (IDIERI), y el Instituto de Liderazgo Hispano de los Estados Unidos (USHLI), entre otros. Más recientemente, ella editó Palabras del Cielo: Una Exploración de Teatro Latina para Jóvenes Audiencias con José Casas a través de Dramatic Publishing.

El documental, El Muro por Ramon Resendiz y Rosalia Resendiz (2017) (73 minutos)

El Muro pone en primer plano la conformación del paisaje de Texas por la resistencia de sus habitantes originales, el Lipan Apache / Nde’, que han vivido y siguen viviendo, en sus tierras tradicionales a pesar de los esfuerzos coloniales, imperiales, y poscoloniales a despojarlos de ella. El punto central es la lucha de Dra. Eloisa G. Tamez contra el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos que implementó el dominio eminente para apoderarse de una porción de su propia tierra ancestral Lipan Apache en El Calaboz Ranchería. Esta porción de la concesión de tierras San Pedro de Carricitos de 1786 fue otorgada por la Corona española, que comenzó con la entrada de José de Escandón en el área en 1745 con la instalación de Nuevo Santander. Existen registros coloniales que reconocen explícitamente la propiedad de la tierra de Lipan Ndé en Texas por ambos pueblos indígenas, antes de que los Estados Unidos existieran como una entidad. La incautación injusta de sus tierras por los impactos del DHS, los Lipan Apache tradiciones culturales y su modo de vida, ya que sus vidas están intrínsecamente ligadas a la tierra y el río a los que ya no tienen acceso – una clara violación de la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de Pueblos Indígenas, de los cuales Estados Unidos es signatario.

El documental, Open Bethlehem por Leila Sansour (2014) (90 minutos)

La directora de cine Leila Sansour regresa a Belén para hacer una película sobre su ciudad natal, que pronto estará rodeada por una pared. La cara de Belén está cambiando rápidamente con consecuencias potencialmente perjudiciales. Los informes predicen que si las tendencias continúan, la comunidad cristiana de Belén, una ciudad que proporciona un modelo para una existencia multireligiosa, puede ser insostenible en una generación. Open Bethlehem es la historia de un regreso al pueblo más famoso del mundo. La película abarca siete años trascendentales en la vida de Belén, revelando una ciudad de asombrosa belleza y luchas políticas bajo la ocupación israelí. La película se basa en 700 horas de metraje original y algún material de archivo raro. De hecho, la realización de esta película ha llevado a la creación del archivo visual más grande de Belén en el mundo y los planes se están discutiendo actualmente con el University College London (UCL) para convertir la colección en un museo. Contando una historia personal, la película traza la creación de una campaña para impulsar la acción internacional para traer la paz a Palestina.
Para obtener más información, visite http://www.openbethlehem.org/visit-bethlehem.html

Social Justice Awardees

Premio Comunitario de Justicia Social “J. Paul Taylor”

Audrey Hardman-Hartley actualmente es la directora ejecutiva de Jardín de los Niños. Ella tiene más de 26 años de experiencia en marketing y administración. Ella ha servido a la comunidad de Las Cruces en muchas funciones, incluida su participación como miembro de la Junta Directiva de la Community Action Agency, March of Dimes, NMSU College of Education, NMSU Alumni Association, Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation y Greater La Cruces Chamber of Commerce Conquistadores. Audrey también ha agregado a su lista de logros el título de Autor, después de haber publicado su primer libro para niños, Colors for Michaela, una hazaña que, según ella, es un sueño hecho realidad. Se convirtió en la directora de Jardín de los Niños en marzo de 2014, cambiando por completo su carrera profesional y centrándose en sus niños predilectos. Desde su llegada a Jardín, la organización fue reconocida por la Cámara de Comercio de Greater Las Cruces como la organización sin fines de lucro del año 2014, y por Albuquerque First como la organización estatal sin fines de lucro del año en 2016. En 2016, Jardín recibió su certificación de cinco estrellas a través del programa FOCUS de Nuevo México, la certificación más alta posible para cualquier guardería. También fue reconocida por Logro Sobresaliente por los Conquistadores en 2016. Ella es la esposa del Chef John Hartley, quien se desempeña como profesor en la Escuela de Administración Hotelera, de Restaurantes y Turismo de la Universidad Estatal de Nuevo México. También es la madre orgullosa de Blair Hartley, que es una cuarta generación de Aggies de NMSU, y de Brock Hartley, un Lobo de UNM. Su filosofía de vida es desafiarse a sí misma, probar cosas nuevas y mantener el sentido del humor sobre todo.

Departamento de Gobierno, Universidad Estatal de Nuevo México

Reconocimientos del Premio de Justicia Social

La Dra. Dulcinea Lara
es originaria del sur de Nuevo México y es profesora asociada en el Departamento de Justicia Criminal de la Universidad Estatal de Nuevo México. También es la directora del naciente Programa de Estudios Étnicos de NMSU. Junto con los colegas Dr. Nicholas Natividad y Daniel Aguilera, recientemente diseñó una exhibición de museo de 12 instalaciones titulada Trotando Pasos Ajenos: Justicia Social y Desigualdades en las Tierras Fronterizas. La exhibición fue recibida con mucha expectación y entusiasmo en Las Cruces y tiene planes para viajar a ciudades regionales, así como a ciudades fuera del suroeste. Actualmente, sus principales proyectos incluyen trabajos sobre un manuscrito titulado, “Revisitando la Tierra del Encanto: Raza y Turismo en Nuevo México” e investigaciones sobre Nadine y Patsy Cordova, hermanas del área rural de Vaughn, Nuevo México, que enseñaron Estudios Étnicos en una escuela intermedia y en una escuela secundaria en su pequeña ciudad natal en 1997 y luego fueron despedidas. Esta historia precede a la criminalización de Estudios Étnicos en Tucson en 2010 y pone a Nuevo México en el mapa. Nuevo México a menudo se pasa por alto en los debates críticos de la raza y los movimientos de justicia social, pero en realidad siempre está en el centro.

Nicholas Natividad ha dedicado su trabajo a las intersecciones de los Estudios Chicanx, de las Tierra Fronterizas, de la Justicia y de Temas Curriculares. Desde su llegada a NMSU en 2015, ha contribuido a programas e iniciativas significativas de la comunidad, desde su participación en la exhibición del museo en Trotando Pasos Ajenos: Justicia Social y Desigualdades en las Tierras Fronterizas, como miembro fundador de Xinatchli, miembro central del grupo de trabajo de Estudios Étnicos de las Escuelas Públicas de Las Cruces (LCPS), y el trabajo dedicado para establecer a Las Cruces como una ciudad acogedora para todos. Natividad ha sido fundamental en la creación de coaliciones con las organizaciones sin fines de lucro ACLU, NM CAFe, Hope Border Institute y Catholic Charities. El trabajo de Natividad ha sido reconocido tanto a nivel nacional como internacional. Natividad recibió su Doctorado de la Universidad Estatal de Arizona en Estudios de Justicia (2012) después de recibir su Maestría de la Universidad Estatal de Nueva York (Binghamton) en Filosofía (2007). Sus intereses de investigación incluyen estudios de las Tierras Fronterizas, raza e identidad, inmigración, estudios legales críticos, jurisprudencia indígena, estudios de chicanx y diversidad en la educación superior. Actualmente, el Dr. Natividad imparte cursos sobre teoría criminológica, raza, justicia, inmigración, estudios mexicoamericanos y cuestiones de justicia social. Es con gran expectativa que esperamos la publicación de su libro en progreso, The Mythmaking of Kings and Capitalists: Sovereignty, Economy, and Human Rights Along the U.S.- Mexico Border.

Kayla Autumn Myers encuentra su inspiración en el trabajo de sanación que hacen las mujeres en nuestro mundo, desde curarnos a nosotros mismos, a nuestras comunidades y nuestros sistemas sociales. Su primer cargo profesional fue como defensora en un albergue de violencia doméstica. Ella vio de primera mano los sistemas de injusticia que las mujeres se ven obligadas a sobrevivir y la valentía de que fueron capaces al buscar la curación después del trauma. Más tarde, Kayla sirvió como Acompañante de Derechos Humanos en Guatemala con la Red en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Guatemala (NISGUA).) Su papel consistía en respaldar y difundir el trabajo de los defensores de los derechos humanos guatemaltecos mientras exigían pacíficamente el respeto de sus derechos humanos, ambientales y culturales mientras buscaban justicia para el genocidio de los años ochenta. Ella se sorprendió de la capacidad de las mujeres para organizarse para la justicia social mientras encuentran la curación de los horrores de la guerra. Continúa en el consejo de organización de NISGUA y utiliza sus conexiones para educar e involucrar a su comunidad en el trabajo de justicia social a través de las fronteras. Actualmente, Kayla colabora con un grupo de apoyo contra el cáncer en Ciudad Juárez que está transformando la forma en que pensamos acerca de las disparidades de salud en las Tierras Fronterizas. Inspirada para continuar con este trabajo de curación y haberse encantado por el desierto, espera hacer de Las Cruces su hogar una vez que se gradúe. En mayo de 2018, Kayla se graduará de NMSU con una Maestría en Antropología y una especialización en Estudios de Nativos Americanos.


13th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, March 14th 15th 2017

Mission Statement

Since 2005, the College of Arts and Sciences has hosted an annual symposium related to a social justice issue on the main campus of New Mexico State University. Held in J. Paul Taylor’s name, the symposium honors the former teacher and state representative’s lifelong commitments to the people of our region and New Mexico. The symposium grew out of a conversation between then NMSU presidential candidate, Michael Martin and Mr. Taylor regarding strategies for bringing the scholarship, teaching, and other resources of the university to bear on the problems faced by the least privileged citizens of our region and the state.

The symposia, held near the birthday of Cesar Chávez, are designed to build upon existing university/community partnerships through reciprocal education, outreach, and strategizing as part of our land grant mission. Each year scholars, students, community stakeholders, and policy makers gather from across the state and region to explore, learn, and work together on strategies for reform and justice.

The 13th annual Symposium, titled “Voices of the Invisible Majority: Social Justice and Mental Health,” is centered on the experience and treatment of mental illness. It will be held on March 14-15, 2017 at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts. This year we have returned to our “roots” and brought together NMSU faculty and staff with Leaders from community organizations to provide speakers, performances, and a film screening for the Las Cruces Community. We are excited about our collaboration and about encouraging understanding and hope among those who struggle with mental illness as well as their families, friends, and colleagues.

Previous symposia included the following:

  • 2005 – Justice for Youth
  • 2006 – Justice for Women of Juarez
  • 2007 – Environmental Justice
  • 2008 – Justice for Immigrants
  • 2009 – Justice for Youth
  • 2010 – Service Learning and Social Justice
  • 2011 – Justice for the Children of Detained and Incarcerated Parents
  • 2012 and 2013 – Qualify of Life Initiative of Dona Ana County
  • 2014 – Justice for Native Peoples
  • 2015 – Justice for Migrant Youth and Children
  • 2016 – Social Justice for LGBTQ Identities in the Borderlands

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Schedule and Guest Speakers

THEME/TITLE: Voices of the Invisible Majority: Social Justice and Mental Health

Tuesday, March 14

  • 4:30 pm: Opening Reception
  • 5:00 pm: Welcome & Introductions: Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 5:30 pm: Presentation of Social Justice Awards:
    • NMSU/Government Department Social Justice Award – Dr. Satya Rao, Professor, NMSU Department of Public Health Services. Presented by Dr. Neil Harvey, Department Head, NMSU Department of Government
    • Las Cruces Community Social Justice Award – Lorenzo Alba, Executive Director, Casa de Peregrinos. Presented by Dr. Anne Hubbell, NMSU Department of Communication Studies
  • 6:30 pm: Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Tommy Thompson, La Clinica de Familia

“Social justice and Mental Health Care Reform: Patient Comorbidity and The Need for Integrated Health Care Centers in Rural America”

Wednesday, March 15

  • 8:00 am: Welcome & Introductions: Associate Dean Beth Pollack, NMSU College of Arts and Sciences
  • 8:30 am: Panel Presentation #1  Mental Health and Law Enforcement Issues
    • Moderator: Dr. Francisco Alatorre, NMSU Criminal Justice Department
    • Mark D’Antonio, J.D., District Attorney of the Third Judicial District of New Mexico
    • Ida D’Antonio, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Stephen Lopez, Chief of Police, New Mexico State University Police
    • Roberto Gutierrez, Sergeant, Las Cruces Police Department
  • 9:30 am: Panel Presentation #2  Veterans’ Issues and PTSD
    • Moderator: Lt. Col. Jeremy Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC
    • Dr. Francisco Alatorre, NMSU Criminal Justice Department
    • Bobbi Marsh, Director of Military Programs, Peak Mental Hospital
    • Dr. Harry Silsby, Military Psychologist, Peak Mental Hospital
  • 10:30-10:45: BREAK
  • 10:45-11:00 am: J. Paul Taylor

Introduced by: Audrey Hardman-Hartley, Executive Director, Jardin de los Niños

  • 11:00 am–12: 30 pm: Panel Presentation #3  Mental Health Issues and Treatment in the Community
    • Moderator: Zooey Sophia Pook, Director, NMSU LGBT+ Programs
    • Matt Mercer, Outreach Coordinator, Mesilla Valley Community of Hope
    • Dr. Satya Rao, Professor, NMSU Department of Public Health Sciences
    • Micah Pearson, Vice President, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dona Ana County
    • Dr. Laura Thompson, Distinguished Professor, NMSU Department of Psychology
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: LUNCH BREAK
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Panel Presentation #4  “In Our Own Voice”
    • Micah Pearson, Vice President, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dona Ana County
    • JT Perez, Board Member, Equality New Mexico
  • 2:30-3:15 pm: “The Value of Integrating Mindfulness Practice into Rural Communities with Diverse Cultural, Social and Economic Populations” by Gerri January, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Introduced by: Dr. Sandra Deshors, Assistant Professor, NMSU Department of Languages and Linguistics

  • 3:15 pm: BREAK
  • 3:45 pm: “The Invisible Becomes Visible” scenes from a Theatre Production about Mental Health
  • Written and Directed by: Wil Kilroy, Department Head, NMSU Theatre Department &
  • Amy Lanasa, Department Head, Department of Creative Media
  • Moderator/Introductions by: Wil Kilroy, Department Head, NMSU Theatre Department
  • Discussion to follow led by:
    • Dr. Dario Silva, Program Director, NMSU Employee Assistance Program
    • Dr. Beth Pollack, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 5:00 pm: “Labeled” CMI Film Screening

By: Ross Marks, College Assistant Professor, John “Mitch” Fowler, Assistant Professor, & Kwanshun “Sherwin” Lau, Assistant Professor, NMSU Department of Creative Media

  • 5:30 pm: Concluding Remarks

Co-Chairs of J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium: Amy Lanasa, Department Head, NMSU Department of Creative Media & Dr. Sandra Deshors, Assistant Professor, NMSU Department of Languages and Linguistics

  • 5:45 pm: Reception, Hosted by sponsors for the J. Taylor Symposium

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Planning Committee

J. Paul Taylor 2017 Social Justice Symposium Planning Committee

Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Amy Lanasa, Department Head, NMSU Creative Media Institute for Film and Digital Arts
  • Dr. Sandra Deshors, Assistant Professor, Department of Languages and Linguistics

Committee Members:

  • Dr. Francisco Alatorre, Assistant Professor, NMSU Department of Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Na-Yeun Choi, Assistant Professor, NMSU Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
  • Audrey Hardman-Hartley, Executive Director, Jardin de los Niños
  • Dr. Neil Harvey, Department Head, NMSU Department of Government
  • Dr. Anne Hubbell, Professor, Department of Communication Studies
  • Ashley Jurado, Event Planner, NMSU College of Arts and Sciences
  • Wil Kilroy, Department Head, NMSU Department of Theatre
  • Lt. Col. Jeremy Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC
  • Micah Pearson, Vice President, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dona Ana County
  • Zooey Sophia Pook, Director, NMSU LGBT+ Programs

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Human Rights Sponsor

The Honorable J. Paul Taylor

College of Arts and Sciences


Truth Sponsor

Department of Anthropology, NMSU

Diversity Sponsor

Department of Communication Studies, NMSU

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies/Gender & Sexuality Studies, NMSU

Department of English, NMSU

Department of Government, NMSU

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Doña Ana County

Speakers Bio

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Thomas C. Thompson

Thomas C. Thompson, PhD, is board certified in Neuropsychology and Medical Psychology with prescriptive authority. He has been on the staff of La Clinica de Familia-Behavioral Health Specialties in Las Cruces, New Mexico since 2015. He chose to join their staff because of their commitment to community service and developing services in behavioral health specialties.

A native New Mexican, Dr. Thompson’s history of practicing mental and behavioral health as a psychologist spans over 40 years. He has practiced in multiple localities across the state with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. His experiences in mental/behavioral health training, program development and clinical practice have taken place in community, correctional, judicial, hospital and private practice settings. During the last 15 years, Tom has focused on the integration of behavioral health and community clinics.

Dr. Thompson was appointed to the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners in 2005 by then-Governor Bill Richardson and he served until 2012. He was instrumental in overseeing the implementation of the Psychopharmacology Training/Prescriptive Authority Application Committee. He continues to serve as a member on this committee.

In August 2016, Dr. Thompson received The Major Caraveo National Service Award from the American Psychological Association. It honors a medical/prescribing psychologist who has made significant contributions in public service with underserved populations.

Esteemed Speakers and Contributors:

Dr. Francisco Alatorre

Dr. Francisco Alatorre is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. He directs the Master of Criminal Justice Program. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Francisco practiced law in Mexico, and this informs his research on undocumented immigrant women and youth, including how their identity creates barriers to obtaining legal status. He also conducts research on homelessness, tent cities, victimization of vulnerable populations and borderland concerns. Dr. Alatorre earned his doctorate in Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University in 2011. He taught as a lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at ASU before joining the faculty at New Mexico State University.

District Attorney Mark D’Antonio, J.D.

Mark D’Antonio is the District Attorney of the Third Judicial District of New Mexico. He was elected by the citizens of Doña Ana County to begin his term in January 2013 and reelected in 2016 to serve a second term beginning in January 2017. As DA, Mark is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Prosecutor for the county, where he manages a budget of $23 million and a staff of 70 employees. DA D’Antonio has been an FBI Special Agent in Washington, D. C. and an Attorney/Advisor to the U. S. Department of Justice in the Office of Intelligence and Policy Review under Attorney General Janet Reno. He came to New Mexico in 1997 to work as a trial attorney for the U. S. Attorney, District of New Mexico. He was in private practice when elected DA. He earned his BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Maryland, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.

Ida D’Antonio

Ida D’Antonio is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she has been with the bureau for the past 20 years. She is assigned to the Violent Crimes unit, but Agent D’Antonio’s specialty is Human Trafficking and Crimes Against Children cases. In 2009, she formed the New Mexico Human Trafficking working group for the purpose of educating and training the community to recognize the signs of trafficking. Agent D’Antonio serves on the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which targets and prosecutes child predators. Ida began her law enforcement career as an Adult Probation Officer in Dallas, Texas and went on to become a Department of Public Safety Officer at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the Criminal Justice Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University.

John “Mitch” Fowler

Mitch Fowler is an Assistant Professor at the Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. His production experience spans over 300 feature-length, documentary, short, and student films, including the Academy Award-nominated documentary Murderball. Mitch is currently in production on the feature-length documentary series Labeled, which endeavors to inspire and educate through the sharing of personal and intimate stories of people living with mental illness. As a professor, his teaching focus is on cinematography and production, with an emphasis on lighting for mood and emotion. Mitch’s philosophy is to not only teach concepts and techniques, but to develop the student filmmaker as a whole by helping students understand how they can apply concepts to things outside filmmaking, and bring their outside lives into their world as filmmakers. Professor Fowler earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, where he also played football for the Crimson Tide. He earned his M.F.A. in Film Production from Florida State University.

Sergeant Roberto Gutierrez

Las Cruces Police Department Sergeant Roberto Gutierrez serves the City of Las Cruces as a Traffic Sergeant, Grants Coordinator, Lead Standardized Field Sobriety Test/Driving While Under the Influence Instructor, and the Mobile Data Terminal Coordinator. He received the Chief’s Letter of Recognition award for his work on the Hostage Negotiation Team. Roberto was a Drug Abuse Recognition Education (DARE) instructor between 2006 and 2012. Sergeant Gutierrez received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University in 2015. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Criminal Justice, also from NMSU.

Geraldine January

Geraldine “Gerrie” January is Clinical Nurse Specialist with 40 years of experience in health care. The majority of her professional career has been spent working in various communities with adults who have serious mental health and substance abuse issues. Gerrie retired from professional nursing last year. Since then, she has been spending her time pursuing certification to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusett’s School of Medicine’s Center for Mindfulness. She offers an eight-week class locally. Ms. January has worked part-time as a Sexual Assault Examiner at La Piñon and as a Home Care Hospice Nurse at Mesilla Valley Hospice. She has been Registered Nurse since 1975, holds a Master’s degree in Community Health Nursing from the University of Connecticut, and earned a certificate as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Nursing.

Wil Kilroy

Wil Kilroy is a professor and Department Head of the Theatre Arts Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. He is Managing Director of the Southwest Theatre Company in residence at NMSU. Wil also holds Professor Emeritus status at the University of Southern Maine. He’s worked nationally as a director and actor in plays and television. Wil’s roles in plays range from Steve in Becky’s New Car to Laertes in Hamlet, and he has appeared in the television series All My Children and Babylon Five. As the co-founder of the National Michael Chekhov Association, Wil has presented nationally and internationally on Chekhov’s acting method. He was awarded the Kennedy Center bronze medallion for Achievement in Theatre Education in 2014. Professor Kilroy earned his BFA from the University of Rhode Island and his MFA from the University of Illinois.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeremiah O. Klomp

LTC Jeremy Klomp is the Commander of Air Force ROTC, Detachment 505, and Aerospace Studies Department Head in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. As an officer in the U. S. Air Force, initially trained in the Space and Missile career field, Jeremy has served and commanded in North Dakota; White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; and in the Asia-Pacific region in China and Taiwan. He achieved the level of lieutenant colonel in 2013 while serving as a U. S. Air Attaché to Taiwan, representing the USAF and being the chief advisor to the Taiwanese Ambassador. At the conclusion of this tour, he decided to return to New Mexico with his wife Tamara and five children. LTC Klomp holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from the USAF Academy in Colorado, and two master’s degrees – an International MBA from the University of Hong Kong in Shanghai, China and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from the USAF Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Amy Lanasa

Amy Lanasa is a digital filmmaking professor and Department Head of the Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. She is the recipient of two major university awards: the Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award and Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence. Amy is an award-winning play and screen writer whose plays have been produced across the country. Her screenplay When you Marry the Man … received a first place award from the Southwest Writers Association. Amy’s play, The Iris Incident, received a first place award at play festival in South Carolina in 2012. Professor Lanasa received her MA in Theatre Studies and MFA in Film and Professional Writing from the Film School at Florida State University.

Kwanshun “Sherwin” Lau

Sherwin Lau is a digital filmmaking assistant professor in the Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. He has worked with other CMI professors producing local community outreach films including Labeled, on mental illness. Sherwin has also worked on independent features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, and commercials across the globe. He earned his MFA from Florida State University.

Chief Stephen Lopez

Stephen Lopez is Chief of Police for the New Mexico State University Police Department where he has been an employee for the last 29 years. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has expertise in police use of force, public relations and emergency management. Chief Lopez has instructed at numerous regional and national conferences, as well as several international webinars. He served on the Governor’s Campus Safety Task Force, chaired one of its subcommittees and evaluated emergency plans of institutions across the state. Chief Lopez is a member of numerous professional organizations including international associations of Chiefs of Police and Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. A teacher at heart, Stephen has also been a College Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as in the Public Health Sciences Department in the College of Health and Social Services. He holds a BA in Psychology and Bachelor of Criminal Justice, both from the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU. Stephen earned his Master’s in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructures from the University of Washington.

Ross Marks

Ross Marks is a digital filmmaking Assistant Professor for the Creative Media Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. He is the Executive Director of the Las Cruces International Film Festival. Ross is currently working with two other CMI professors on the documentary series on mental illness Labeled. He frequently collaborates with CMI Senior Fellow Mark Medoff including the feature-length film Homage, for which Ross received a Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, he received another Best Director award at the Southern Arizona Film Festival for Princess, a short film that was a semi-finalist in the Academy Award Live Action Short category, among other awards. Professor Marks earned a BA from NMSU 1990, then he went to become one of the youngest graduates of the prestigious American Film Institute Directing Program, from which he earned his MFA in 1994.

Bobbi Marsh, LMHC

Bobbi Marsh is the Military Program Director at Peak Behavioral Health in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Bobbi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her specialties include military and veterans, children and adolescents, geriatrics and eating disorders. She is trained in Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior Therapies, and treatments for individuals suffering from trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. Ms. Marsh received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University at Mankato, and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University in Missouri.

Matt Mercer

Matt Mercer is the Outreach Coordinator for the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, a non-profit that serves the homeless and near homeless in Doña Ana County. He brings his personal experience to his role as a Case Manager for the non-profit. Matt was living in central Pennsylvania when he survived a hate crime, which led to him losing everything, including his home. Before moving to Las Cruces, Matt experienced homelessness in New York City, Holland, Southern California, New Orleans and Miami. He helped to found the Camp Hope program, a tent city for the homeless. Matt lived there as a homeless resident and managed it for the first two years. No longer homeless, he helps oversee Camp Hope, and conducts community outreach to educate people about the work of the non-profit.

Micah Pearson

Mental health advocate Micah Pearson is the Vice President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Doña Any County affiliate as well as serving as liaison to the state board. NAMI is a grassroots mental health organization that offers education, advocacy, and support to those affected by mental illness, as well as the community. Micah also serves on the NAMI National board as the New Mexico Consumer Council Representative and chair of the Advocacy Committee. He moved to Las Cruces from Washington, D.C. where he had a 20-year career in Information Technology and Project Management, to reflect and redirect his focus, before embarking on a career in art and becoming a mental health advocate. His diagnosis with a nearly life-long serious mental health condition, gives him an intimate familiarity with situations associated with mental disorders such as hospitalization, arrest, and detention. He uses his personal story and prior career skills to affect change and help others access higher standards of care.

JT Perez

JT Perez is an advocate for the transgender community and serves on the board of Equality New Mexico, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy and civil rights organization. He has played a part in creating two local transgender support groups and co-presents “Transgender 101s” in the Mesilla Valley. JT lives with a mental-health disability and shares his story through “In Our Own Voice” presentations, held by National Alliance on Mental Illness. To be clear, being transgender is not a mental health disorder. However, many people from the LGBTQ community have mental health conditions due to a lifetime of exposure to messages of intolerance, not only in their homes but also in schools, workplaces, churches and media. JT’s recovery story includes everything from hospitalization to support groups. Through education, he hopes to break the stigma of mental health disabilities.

Dr. Beth Pollack

Dr. Beth Pollack, a Distinguished Achievement Professor of Languages and Linguistics, has served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences since 2011. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University, C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. She has been at New Mexico State University since 1988, and served as Academic Department Head of Languages and Linguistics from 1997 to 2007. She also served twice as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Spanish MA Program. Dr. Pollack was on the Faculty Senate for six years. She also served on the College of Arts and Sciences Planning Committee and College Faculty Affairs Committee. Her research areas are contemporary Latin American minority fiction and literary translation. In June 2010, she was a resident artist at the Banff International Literary Translation Centre, the only residency program for literary translators in North America.

Dr. Satyapriya Rao

Dr. Satya Rao is Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Graduate Public Health Certificate Program Coordinator in the Department of Public Health Sciences. In addition to teaching she is involved in research and service/community engagement initiatives focused on violence, mental health, and suicide in communities of color, rural, and border communities. Through her collaborative service and community engagement effort she has mentored many students and guided them to recognize the importance of community engagement. She co-founded the Southern New Mexico Suicide Prevention and Survivors’ Support Coalition in 2011 to raise awareness, educate, and support families dealing with suicide.  She served as chair of the New Mexico Injury Prevention Coalition and as Co-President of New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA) until April 2016.  She is the current chair of the Las Cruces City Mayor’s task-force on suicide prevention. She is the PI on two funded projects, one from NCAA on addressing binge-drinking among undergraduate college students and the second from Con Alma Health Foundation on public health education and advocacy among youth to promote policy change. 

Dr. Harry D. Silsby

Dr. Harry Silsby is a psychiatrist and Vice President of Medical Services of Strategic Behavioral Services, the parent company of Peak Behavioral Health in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. A Vietnam veteran and retired Colonel of the U. S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Silsby was once stationed at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He has served as a medical director at multiple civilian psychiatric hospitals.

Dr. Dario Silva

Dario Silva is the Program Director of the Employee Assistance Program at New Mexico State University. For the past 15 years, he has consulted and counseled faculty and staff dealing with organizational and behavioral health issues. Prior to his current position, Dr. Silva spent 10 years as a clinical mental health counselor at the NMSU Student Counseling Center. He is particularly interested in addressing civility and wellbeing in the workplace. Dario believes that in today’s face-paced technological society, we have lost the spirit of connecting with one another on a person-to-person level, thus losing the art of treating one another with dignity and loving kindness. It’s his goal to help others wake up and begin creating healthy interactions.

Dr. Laura Thompson

Dr. Laura Thompson is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology.  She received her Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Following that, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, Germany.  She has served on the faculty at NMSU since 1989.  Her research areas include:  neuroendocrine functioning and its impact on infant learning and maternal-infant synchrony; lifespan development of multi-modal language comprehension; and, stress and its implications for face-to-face language understanding.  She has authored over 40 scientific articles and chapters, and is the winner of numerous awards for faculty achievement.  Dr. Thompson has been the recipient of several grants from the NIH and the NSF, totaling over 3 million dollars.  She is director of the Mother-Infant Laboratory at NMSU.

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Corbett Center Student Union address and location 

Driving Instructions :

*From the North (Albuquerque) on I-25 : take Exit 1 – turn right onto University Ave. – turn left on Triviz Dr. – turn right on Payne St. – turn right on Steward St. – turn right on Locust St.

*From the South (El Paso) on I-25 : take Exit 1 – turn left onto University Ave. – turn left on Triviz Dr. – turn right on Payne St. – turn right on Steward St. – turn right on Locust St.

*From the West (Deming) on I-10 : take Exit 142 ( Main St ./ New Mexico State University ) – turn right on Main Street . Turn right at University Ave. – Turn right on Triviz Dr. – turn right on Payne St. – turn right on Steward St. – turn right on Locust St.

Parking Lots 41 and 43 are located on Locust St. near the south entrance to Corbett Center .

Free Parking Permit: Please obtain a parking permit prior to your visit.  Complete the information, print a copy to bring with you and place in the front window of your vehicle.

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