Planning Committee

March 28th, 2019 by


Meet the 2019 Convention Planning Committee

Gerardo R López
(University of Utah)

Gerardo R López is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. His research interests focus on issues of (im)migration, parental involvement/engagement, racism, and social justice for urban communities. His current research focuses on creating pathways for effective Latinx parental engagement through community organizing and empowerment. Lopez worked with other colleagues to document the experiences of students impacted by ICE when they were separated from their families. This book will be published by Routledge in later in 2019.


Frank Hernández
(Southern Methodist University)

Frank Hernandez holds the Annette and Harold Simmons Centennial Chair in Education Policy and Leadership and serves as the Associate Dean in the Simmons School of Education & Human Development at Southern Methodist University. He has published extensively on Latino leadership, including two books: Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas (Opening Doors, Closing Wounds): Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance in Academia (With Elizabeth Murakami and Gloria Rodriguez) and Brown-Eyed Leaders of the Sun: A Portrait of Latina/o Educational Leaders (with Elizabeth Murakami).


Erica Fernández
(University of Connecticut)

Erica Fernández is an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut whose research is focused on centering, listening to, and sharing the educational engagement experiences of Parents of Color, particularly the experiences of Spanish-speaking Latinx immigrant parents living amid threatening and hostile anti-immigrant environments. Dr. Fernández hopes that the narratives of Latinx immigrant parents will help highlight how oppressive institutional policies create barriers for authentic engagement within schools. Other research interests include parent organizing, family and community partnerships, as well as family engagement policy initiatives (at the local, state, and federal level).


Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr.
(University of Arizona)

Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr., Ph.D., a native of New Orleans, LA, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Practice at the University of Arizona. His research examines two interrelated questions (1) how power and privilege shape and structure educational policies, practices, and reforms and (2) how educational actors–marginalized by race, gender, class, and/or sexuality–understand, resist, and transform educational fields to be more equitable, humanizing, and freeing. More concretely, his scholarship sits at the intersections of the cultural political economy of education, the politics of education, and leadership for equity and freedom, where he focuses on charter schools/school choice policy, stratification, and critical race, culturally relevant and restorative justice approaches to education.