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Women's and Gender Studies History Conference at UTEP

2018 Keynote Speakers

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm, Keynote Speaker & Brownbag Lunch (Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Union East 3rd floor)

Keynote: Dr. Sylvia Y. Acosta
Introduction:  Dr. Ann Horak

Sylvia Y. Acosta, Ph.D. has over 25 years of management experience in non-profit organizations. Prior to her position at YWCA El Paso del Norte Region, Acosta served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Constituent Development and as the Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of Health Advancement for the University of California, Irvine (UCI) for over three years. She also served as Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Texas at El Paso, as the Assistant Dean for Development and Public Relations for New Mexico State University, and as the National Vice President of External Relations and Chief Operating Officer for AVANCE, Inc. a national early childhood education program based in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Acosta holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from New Mexico State University.

11:30 am – 12:20 pm, Templeton Union East 313, 3rd floor)  Plenary Session:  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 

Special Presentations: Astrid Dominguez and Cynthia Pompa
Introduction:  Dr. Ann Horak

Astrid Dominguez is the ACLU of Texas’ Director of the Regional Center for Border Rights (RCBR).  Astrid collaborates with Immigrant Rights Project staff the National office, San Diego, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas affiliate staff on border-wide policy goals. In this role, she also manages the development and implementation of border-related policy, advocacy and communications strategies.  Astrid joined the ACLU of Texas in May 2012 as a Border Rights Fellow coordinating the U.S.-Mexico Binational Abuse Documentation Project at the Texas border. Until October 2016 she led the Lower Rio Grande Valley office as Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, focusing her work on border residents’ and migrants’ civil and human rights. She played a leadership role in a coalition of community organizations committed to bringing transparency and accountability to CBP (Customs and Border Protection), the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, and was at the front lines of ACLU’s response to the increased migration of children and families from Central America.  Prior to joining the ACLU of Texas, Astrid worked for the Mexican Foreign Ministry at the Consulates of Brownsville, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. During her time at the Mexican Foreign Ministry, Astrid worked on civil rights violations issues at the border and in detention centers; she worked closely with the Mexican Communities Abroad. Astrid also participated in negotiations leading to a local Memorandum of Understanding on the Safe, Orderly, Dignified and Human Repatriation of Mexican Nationals between the U.S. and Mexico.



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 in El Paso, 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 regional 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.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Brownbag Lunch & Keynote Speaker (Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Union East 3rd floor)

Keynote Speaker: Lois Farfel Stark
Introduction:  Dr. Larry Lesser

Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker, and author of The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times. During her distinguished career she produced and wrote over forty documentaries on architecture, medical research, wilderness protection, artists, and social issues. With NBC News, she covered Abu Dhabi’s catapult to the 20th century, the British withdrawal from the Persian Gulf, Cuba ten years after their revolution, the Israeli Air Force in the Six Day War, Northern Ireland during its time of religious conflict, and Liberia’s social split. Along with an Emmy, Lois is also the recipient of two CINE Gold awards, two Gold Awards from the International Film Festival of the Americas, the Matrix Award from Women In Communications, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, and the Silver Award from the Texas Broadcasting Association. In civic life she has served as trustee or director of Sarah Lawrence College, the Alley Theatre, Texas Children’s Hospital, St. John’s School, the Harry Ransom Center, Federal Reserve Board of Dallas Small Business Committee, Texas Commission on the Arts, Humanities Texas, the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board. She was elected to the American Leadership Forum, the Center for Houston’s Future, and the Philosophical Society of Texas. She graduated Sarah Lawrence College and has two Master of Art degrees, in Education and Communication. Her years of film-making stimulated her interest in how what we see shapes what we think. We are accustomed to history being told as a story of kings and wars. It can also be seen by looking at the shape of shelters, social systems, and sacred sites (www.loisstark.com)