Dr. A. Gary Dworkin is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Houston. Dr. Dworkin’s research covers sociology of education public school teacher burnout, student dropout behavior, racial and ethnic relations, applied sociology, and program evaluation. Dr. Dworkin has published some 70 articles and chapters and seven books, including Giving Up on School (Corwin/Sage, 1991, with Margaret D. LeCompte) and a third edition of his race, ethnic, and gender relations’ text, The Minority Report (Wadsworth-Harcourt Brace, with Rosalind J. Dworkin) published in 1999. Visit website

Dr. Charles Hirschman is Boeing International Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Hirschman is currently engaged in the study of race and ethnic patterns in the transition from high school to college in Washington State. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience and has authored more than 90 published articles and chapters. Visit website

Dr. Paul A. Jargowsky is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Current areas of research include racial and economic segregation, the impacts of economic and spatial inequality, and the causes and consequences of exclusionary suburban development patterns.. His book, Poverty and Place: Ghettos, Barrios, and the American City (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1997), is a comprehensive examination of poverty at the neighborhood level in U.S. metropolitan areas between 1970 and 1990. The Urban Affairs Association named Poverty and Place the "Best Book in Urban Affairs Published in 1997 or 1998." Jargowsky has also been involved in policy development at both the state and federal levels, and served as a consultant and expert witness in fair housing and school desegregation litigation. Current areas of research include racial and economic segregation, the impacts of economic and spatial inequality, and the causes and consequences of exclusionary suburban development patterns. Visit website

Dr. Steve H. Murdock is Director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research at UTSA. He is also Chief Demographer for the Texas State Data Center. Formerly Professor and Chair of the Department of Rural Sociology and a Regents Professor at Texas A&M University. Murdock has authored ten books and more than 100 articles and technical monographs on the implications of current and future demographic, socioeconomic and natural resource change. Murdock was named as one of the 50 most influential Texans by Texas Business. His most recent book is: The Texas Challenge: Population Change and the Future of Texas.

Dr. Gary Orfield is a Professor at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Co-Director of The Civil Rights Project at UCLA. He is also Professor of Education & Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the Co-Founder and Director of the Civil Rights Project at Harvard. Recent books include: Dropouts in America: Confronting the Graduation Rate Crisis (Editor), Racial Inequity in Special Education (with D. Losen), and Dismantling Desegregation (with Susan Eaton). Visit website

Dr. Pedro Reyes is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment and Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on three interrelated themes 1) the role of leadership in student learning; 2) the social processes that relate to student learning; and 3) the conditions that foster high academic success for children in high-poverty schools. Visit website


Dr. Richard A. Tapia is a mathematician and professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is internationally known for his research in the computational and mathematical sciences and is a national leader in education and outreach programs. Tapia's current Rice positions are Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics; Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Office of Research and Graduate Studies; and Director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. Tapia has authored or co-authored two books and over 80 mathematical research papers. He has delivered numerous invited addresses at national and international mathematical conferences and serves on several national advisory boards. Visit website

Dr. Gerald Torres, Esq. is H.O. Head Centennial Professor of Real Property Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. He has written and lectured extensively on the intersection of race and politics and has recently co-authored a book, The Miner's Canary, on these topics. He has also been involved in the debate over the management and legal protection of Native American land and religion, and more recently with school reform and planning for diversity in the wake of the elimination of affirmative action in Texas. He was a leader in the development of the field of Agricultural Law and active in reforming farm finance law in Minnesota. He received his J.D. from Yale and his LL.M. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Visit website


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