UTSA hosts briefing on policy trends impacting children of color in Texas

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(Nov. 11, 2013) -- The Policy Studies Center in the UTSA College of Public Policy, in partnership with La Fe Policy Research and Education Center, New America Media and Kidswell, Texas, recently hosted a media briefing at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event brought together academics, grass-roots activists, lawyers and public policy professionals to discuss trends having an impact on the future of children of color in Texas.

Panelists for the evening included Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy; Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities; Maria "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, executive director of the Intercultural Development Research Association; and David Hinojosa, regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The moderator was Juan H. Flores, executive director of La Fe Policy Research and Education Center.

The panel addressed topics involving the future of children of color in Texas including recent demographic shifts, changes in education policy, health insurance coverage and recent legal challenges to school funding.

According to several panelists, Texas is on track to severely undercut the educational efforts of many children of color because of recent policy changes. Panelists spoke on the importance of policymakers recognizing children of color as assets rather than liabilities.

Media representatives from across Texas participated or watched the event via streaming media and participated in a question-and-answer session. View the webcast at Nocastsa.com.

The UTSA College of Public Policy includes the undergraduate criminal justice and public administration programs, and the graduate justice policy, public administration, social work and applied demography programs.