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Symposium: What The Rest of TX Can Learn From El Paso


Our very own Angelica Haro, ESC19 Technology Director, shared her insights in a community symposium hosted by the Texas Tribune! Her contribution to the panel discussion, highlighting the remarkable strides our region has made in academic excellence and college/career readiness, truly underscored El Paso's leadership in Hispanic education success. 


If you missed it in person, you can see the entire symposium, moderated by Bob Moore, founder and CEO of El Paso Matters, by clicking here:









9 A.M. – 3 P.M. MT


•9:00 A.M.



Dr. Andrea Tawney, vice president for institutional advancement, Texas Tech Health El Paso


•9:15 A.M.

The significance of El Paso to Texas and its future

Long-time El Paso-based journalists discuss what they've learned from covering this border community. What are the challenges they've seen, and how do you cover the challenges alongside the successes?


This 45-minute session will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

Moderator: Zahira Torres, Texas editor, ProPublica-Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative
Confirmed speakers: Alfredo Corchado, executive editor and correspondent, PUENTE News Collaborative; Angela Kocherga, news director, KTEP; and Bob Moore, founder and CEO, El Paso Matters


•10:15 A.M.

Business and Economic Development

El Paso touts its strategic location on the border and its bilingual and bicultural workforce as key to economic growth. How is the El Paso economy unique to the state, and what are the lessons that can be applied elsewhere?


This 45-minute session will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.


Confirmed speakers: Jon Barela, CEO, Borderplex Alliance; Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Mayra G. Maldonado, executive director, UTEP Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness

•11:15 A.M.


El Paso represents what our schools are going to look like throughout Texas. Can El Paso be a place that leads the way in how to educate Latino students? What would that example look like, and how could it be replicated?


This 45-minute session will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.


Confirmed speakers: Andrea Cortinas, vice president and chief of staff, University of Texas at El Paso; Xavier De La Torre, superintendent, Ysleta Independent School District; Angelica Haro, Technology Director, Education Service Center Region 19; and Eddie Rodriguez, executive director of the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED) 


•12:15 P.M.

Lunch Break


30-minute lunch break. Lunch will be provided.


•12:45 P.M.

Health Care

El Paso is a community in which people are learning more about the health conditions facing communities of color and the challenges in access to health care. What can other border communities learn from El Paso?


This 45-minute session will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.


Confirmed speakers: Ogechika Alozie, CEO, Sunset ID Care; Glenn Fennelly, assistant vice president for global health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso: Aida Ponce, chief outreach and wellness officer, Project Vida. More speakers announced soon. 


•1:45 P.M.

Immigration and the Border

We'll explore border and immigration issues at the state and national levels. It's a conversation we all struggle with, as it is often politicized but far more nuanced than people want to believe. How do we combat misinformation and charged rhetoric, and how can we address the issues to lead to growth and success in El Paso — and other regions of the state?


This 45-minute session will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

Moderator: Angela Kocherga, news director, KTEP. Confirmed speakers: Luis Figueroa, chief of legislative affairs, Every Texan; Ruben Garcia, founder and executive director, Annunciation House. More speakers announced soon. 


•2:45 P.M.

Closing Comments