What: Texas Tribune On the Road: A Symposium on Demographic Change
When: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27
Where: Tomás Rivera Conference Room, Union Building East, UTEP campus
In partnership with The University of Texas at El Paso, The Texas Tribune will present a daylong symposium on the effect of precipitous demographic change in Texas — how population shifts, current and future, will impact public policy decisions and the political landscape of our fast-growing state.
The symposium is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to RSVP at https://www.texastribune.org/events/rsvp/on-the-road-a-symposium-on-demographic-change/. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served.
The schedule for the symposium is as follows:
8:30 a.m.: Welcome and “Will Boom Go Bust? Demographics is Destiny” by Steve Murdock, former state demographer and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
9:45 a.m.: “Changing Populations, Changing Politics” with panelists State Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso; State Rep. Mary González, D-Clint; former State Rep. Dee Margo, R-El Paso; and George Atuna, co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of Texas.
11 a.m.: “Health Care and the New Texas” with panelists Kyle Janek, commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services; State Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso; El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar; and Eric Evans, CEO of the Sierra Providence Health Network.
12:30 p.m.: Conversation with Texas Tribune Editor in Chief and CEO Evan Smith and UTEP President Diana Natalicio.
1:30 p.m.: “Education and the New Texas” with panelists Michael Williams, commissioner of the Texas Education Agency; Chancellor of the UT System Francisco Cigarroa; Harold Hahn, chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and Sylvia Hopp, superintendent of the San Elizario ISD.