Marsha Jones

Marsha Jones is a grassroots organizer and health educator, as well as the co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women. Her expertise lies in reproductive justice, health disparities affecting Black women and girls, and the relationship between politics and the American healthcare system.

Jones is also an expert on HIV/AIDS advocacy, with experience in community-based solutions and intersectional justice. She can provide insight on the disproportionate resources and care available to Black patients, and the way activists are organizing for more equitable health and medical treatment for people of color.

Jones has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program) and Tyndale Theology School.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Equal Access Fund and is a member of many national women-focused initiatives to advance gender and racial equity and eliminate health disparities, including the National Women AIDS Coalition.

Jones was also a panelist for “At the Table: A Symposium on Texas Women,” an event hosted by The Texas Tribune, which examined the impacts of politics on various aspects of women’s lives in Texas.

Location: Dallas, TX

Expertise Field: Reproductive justice for Black women, Medicaid expansion, grassroots organizing, health education, women’s rights, racial justice, media and race coverage, intersectional community activism, HIV/AIDS, intersectional justice

Contact information:

Email: info@theafiyacenter.org 

Phone: 972-629-9266

Twitter: @theafiyactr

Listen to Marsha Jones on Her Rules Radio

Last updated November 6, 2020

Isabel Araiza

Dr. Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality. 

Araiza has also spoken up against the university’s plans for in-person classes this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have abandoned plans for in-person instruction this fall due to outbreaks — most notably, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made the rest of the semester entirely online after 130 students tested positive in the first week of classes.

Araiza’s recent research has focused on access to clean water, the political preferences of Latinos, Hispanic serving institutions of higher education in Texas and the community impact of the integration of Corpus Christi Independent School District in the 1970s.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Araiza went on to earn her PhD in sociology from Boston College. As a public sociologist actively engaged in her community, Araiza is a founding member of For the Greater Good, a local advocacy organization that pushes for access to clean water and investment in public institutions and infrastructure.

She’s also co-authored several health needs assessments on the community needs and uses of hospitals in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Expertise Field: Universities and the coronavirus, sociology, Mexican American studies, women and gender studies, social class, education, inequality 

Contact information:

Email: isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu

Phone (cell): 361-779-3927

Phone (office): 361-825-3936

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Last updated August 24, 2020

Christen A. Smith

Dr. Christen A. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and African and African diaspora studies and the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She’s an expert on Black liberation and state violence against Black communities in the Americas.

Smith can provide context on the anthropological background of police violence against Black communities. Her recent research examines the lingering and deadly impacts of police violence on Black women, communities and families in the U.S. and Brazil.

Her 2016 book Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil explores the ironic relationship between police violence against Black Brazilians in Salvador, Bahia and the celebration and consumption of Black culture, music and art.

Smith is also the founder of Cite Black Women, which promotes the intellectual and academic work of Black women — historically overlooked and undervalued. Through a blog, podcast and social media campaign, the project pushes people to reexamine their blind spots on race and gender and start using and citing the work of Black female sources.

Location: Austin, TX

Expertise: Black liberation, resistance and state violence against Black communities in the Americas

Contact information:

Email: christen.smith@austin.utexas.edu

Twitter: @profsassy

Listen to Christen A. Smith on KQED’s World Affairs:

Last updated July 22, 2020

Sylvia Partida

Sylvia Partida is the CEO of the National Center for Farmworker Health, where she oversees efforts to train medical professionals at community health centers serving uninsured or underinsured patients on the health needs of agricultural workers. The organization works with 174 community health centers across the country that receive federal funding to serve farmworker families. The center also collaborates with state health departments, universities and the CDC.

Partida has been interviewed by HuffPost on why migrant farmworkers face high health risks during the coronavirus pandemic, and by U.S. News & World Report for a story about how children of migrant farmworkers in rural Yakima Valley in Washington state receive treatment for cancer. 

Prior to Partida’s role at NCFH, she researched and developed community programs for at-risk youth, many of whom were Latino, and those impacted by HIV/AIDS. At the University of Texas Health Science Center, she led a project studying the HIV risks of farmworkers in South Texas in order to provide them with accessible care. 

Sylvia Partida

Expertise: Public health, farmworker health

Location: Buda, Texas

Contact information: 

Email: partida@ncfh.org

Phone: (512) 312-5457 (o)

Listen to Sylvia Partida talk to Source of the Week:

 

Last updated: April 13, 2020

 

Sharon A. Navarro

Sharon A. Navarro is professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an expert consultant on women in politics, race and American politics, and Latinx politics.

Her most recent publications include Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of the American Judiciary, Latinas in American Politics, Latino Urban Agency, co-authored Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas (2008), and authored Latina Legislator: Leticia Van De Putte and the Road to Leadership (2008).

Navarro also serves as a political advisor and offers seminars for Democrat and Republican Latina candidates running for office.

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Areas of Expertise: Women in politics, Race and American politics, Latinx politics

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Contact Info:

Email: sharon.navarro@utsa.edu

 Phone: (210) 458-2547

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Moriba Jah

Moriba Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin and Director for the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics program. Jah’s research focuses on the convergence of policy, technology, and security related to space traffic management and space situational awareness.

He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UT Austin related to space and astronautical sciences. Jah has navigated several missions to Mars when he worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS), the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), as well as an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

He is an Associate Editor of Elsevier’s Advances in Space Research Journal and also an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).

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Areas of Expertise: Space security, space policy, space traffic

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Info:

       Email: moriba@utexas.edu

       Phone: (512) 471-5322

He can be heard here:

Daina Ramey Berry

This week’s #NPRSource, Daina Ramey Berry, Ph.D., is an expert in African American History. She is an Associate Professor of History and African American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research focuses on slavery in the United States. Berry is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and the editor of the Gender and Slavery book series at the University of Georgia Press. She is working on publishing her book on a comprehensive study of the prices of the enslaved in the United States. She works in Austin, Texas.

Her research has been funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Association of University Women.

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Associate Professor of History and African American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Location: Austin, Texas

Contact Information:

Email: DRB@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: (512) 471-4310

Twitter: @lbofflesh

Listen to Daina Ramey Berry here:

 

Akilah Carter-Francique

Akilah R. Carter-Francique teaches Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Her most current research focuses on African-American girls and women in sport and physical activity in terms of access and opportunity, mentoring, as well as mediated images and narratives.

As a former collegiate athlete in track and field from the University of Houston, where she received her bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and Psychology, her practical experiences include, intercollegiate athletic experience, counseling and coaching at the K-12 education levels, and seven years as a facility and special event administrator in colligate campus recreation,

Carter-Francique’s has researched racial (e.g., Blacks, Hispanics, Asians) and gendered minorities in sport, health, and education in the American context with specific emphasis on Black girls and women. She also co-founded (with Deniece Dortch) and directs Sista to SistaTM (http://sistatosista.org), a co-curricular leadership development program designed to foster  sense of connectedness amongst Black female collegiate athletes on predominantly white institutions of higher educational campuses.

Akilah Carter Francique

Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University

Areas of Expertise: Historical and Contemporary Experiences of Participants in Sport and Physical Activity, Experiences of Black Females and Males in Educational Institutions (K-20) Health and Well-Being for Women Of Color

Location: Bryan, TX

Contact Information:

Email: akilahfrancique@gmail.com or arfrancique@hlkn.tamu.edu
Twitter: @doctafrancique
Website: http://sistatosista.org

Heard on Huffines Institute’s Podcasts: Diversity Management in Sports

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Keisha Bentley-Edwards

Dr. Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bentley-Edwards researches the experiences of youth in racial socialization, looking into sociopolitical agency and cohesion among African Americans, as well as white racial socialization, and the messages that white parents provide to their children around race.

Her work examines how cultural strengths can be used to minimize the negative outcomes related to racism stress, violence, aggression, bullying, and community stressors.

Keisha Bentley-Edwards
Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Human Development & Culture and Learning Sciences Faculty Affiliate, African & African Diaspora Studies Department, University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise: Psychological Development of the African American Experience in the United States, Adolescent Racial Socialization, Human Development, Culture, Learning Sciences

Location: Austin, TX (September-May); Durham, NC (June-August)

Contact Information:
Email:
kbentleyedwards@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (714) 614-0728 (c)
Twitter:
@Keisha_Bentley

Heard on NPR Source of the Week: Dr. Bentley-Edwards Discusses The Reaction After Ferguson

Luis Zayas

Luis Zayas has been the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin since 2012. Previously he was the inaugural Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.

His work and research focus on diagnostic processes, suicide attempts of young Latinas, and adapting interventions for Latino children, youth and families.

Zayas has spoken to Maria Hinojosa on Latino USA and was a featured educator on WAMC’s The Academic Minute, where he discussed Latina suicide rates.


Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Expertise: Mental Health, Social Policy, Diagnostic Processes, Suicide Attempts of Young Latinas, Mental Health Intervention, Latino Families

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Information:
Email: lzayas@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-1937

Or, contact Andrea Campetella, Director of Communications and Planning

Email: campetella@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: (512) 471-1458

Heard on Latino USA:
Dr. Luis Zayas