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Understanding the Hispanic Vote in 2008

Wed April 9, 2008 at Thompson Conference Center

The Center for Politics and Governance hosted the panel discussion “Understanding the Hispanic Vote in 2008.”  Panelists included Dr. Jason Casellas, Assistant Professor of Government at UT Austin; Rosalind Gold, Senior Director for Policy Research and Advocacy at the NALEO Education Fund; Andy Hernandez, Executive Director of the Wesley Center for Family and Neighborhood Development; and Texas State Representative Richard Raymond.

More on the Panelists:

Dr. Jason Casellas, Assistant Professor
Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Jason Casellas is an Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in American politics, with specific research and teaching interests in Latino politics, legislative politics, and state and local politics. His book manuscript examines Latino Representation in U.S. Legislatures and Congress. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including a Princeton President's Fellowship, an American Political Science Association Fellowship, and a Ford Motor Company Fellowship. During 2007-2008, he is the Samuel DuBois Cook Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. His dissertation won third place in a nationwide, inter-disciplinary competition for the best dissertation given by The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS).His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly, Qualitative Methods, and the Journal of California Politics and Policy.

Rosalind Gold, Senior Director, Policy Research and Advocacy
NALEO Educational Fund

Rosalind Gold serves as Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy with the NALEO Educational Fund, where she has worked for nearly two decades on policy analysis and research for the naturalization and Latino civic engagement efforts of the organization. Ms. Gold coordinates the research for several of the Fund’s publications, including its Directory of Latino Elected Officials, the biennial Latino Election Handbook, and the Latino Election Profiles. Ms. Gold also has extensive policy expertise in the areas of newcomer civic integration, election reform, voting rights and the decennial Census.

Ms. Gold has served on the California State HAVA Plan Advisory Committee and delivered testimony before many public and private committee and commission hearings. She also serves on the advisory committees and boards of several public affairs and research efforts, including the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Ms. Gold received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Andy Hernandez, Executive Director
Wesley Center for Family and Neighborhood Development

Andy Hernandez was appointed Executive Director of the Wesley Center for Family and Neighborhood Development in February 2007. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Hernandez was a leadership scholar in residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Hernandez has also served as the founder and first Executive Director of the 21st Century Leadership Center at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and as the President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. He also served as a pastor of a United Methodist Church in Floresville, Texas. Nationally, Mr. Hernandez has served as a leadership development and strategic planning consultant to a number of national organizations including the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute in Chicago, Illinois, The National Community of Latino Leaders Inc. in Washington D.C., The National Catholic Conference of Hispanic Ministries in Denver, Colorado, The National Latino’s Children’s Institute in San Antonio, Texas, The Wellstone Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, and The Latino Academy in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Hernandez is the co-author of the Almanac of Latino Politics 2002-2004, and more recently has been a contributing author for Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices: Essays on Latino/a Religions Leadership and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas.

The Honorable Richard Raymond
Texas State Representative

Richard Raymond Represents Texas’ 42nd State House District encompassing Laredo, Texas, winning the seat in a special election in 2001. Prior to that, Representative Raymond had served as the Texas Land Commissioner beginning in 1998, and previously served as a Texas State Representative for seven years beginning in 1992 representing rural counties between Laredo and San Antonio.

Before he began his own political career, Representative Raymond worked for United States Senators Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) and Paul Simon (D-IL), Texas Railroad Commissioner Bob Krueger and Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro.

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