Wednesday, March 22, 2023
  Media Advisory

By Victoria Brito Morales

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – Various UTRGV departments, along with the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, are hosting the 2023 Tejas Foco Conference on the Brownsville Campus.

The three-day event is a collaboration between NACCS and the UTRGV Department of Criminal Justice, the College of Education and P-16 Integration, the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Office of the Provost.

The theme of this year’s event is “Confronting/Resisting the Colonizer Within: A History of Violence, Discrimination/Oppression and Shame.”

The NACCS Tejas Foco is a regional conference that focuses on community and academic interests around issues that affect Chicanx in the state of Texas. As an interdisciplinary event, it brings together community leaders, K-12 teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and college faculty and staff.

Conference organizers are UTRGV faculty members Dr. Rosalva Resendiz, associate professor of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, associate professor of Bilingual and Literacy Studies.

There will be a total of 22 speakers during the conference, including four UTRGV faculty members:

  • David Bowles, associate professor of Literature and Cultural Studies.
  • George Diaz, associate professor of History.
  • Emmy Perez, professor of Creative Writing.
  • Fernando Muñoz, lecturer II of Criminal Justice.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.