The Texas Tribune is delighted to host a summer of free, open-to-the-public salons for young Texans featuring sips, snacks and conversation on key issues driving state politics and public policy.
They’re front and center in the headlines and the national immigration reform conversation, but what does it mean to live in Texas as a so-called “Dreamer”? Hear from four young Texans firsthand on what inspires them and what they’re up against.
Our speakers include:
— Nancy Adossi, a Houston business consultant and University of Houston adjunct professor who left the violence and political strife in Togo with her family when she was 9
— Irving Calderon, a Mexican-born Dreamer who has been in the U.S. since he was an infant, graduated from UT-Austin and works at General Motors in Austin as an IT analyst
— Maria Rocha, a San Antonio school teacher and Mexican-born Dreamer who’s been in the U.S. since she was 3
— Paola Rodriguez, a Mexican native who fled the violence in Ciudad Juarez for El Paso with her family when she was 5 and has recently obtained her cosmetology license
— The Texas Tribune's Alana Rocha will moderate the conversation.
This event is supported by Anheuser-Busch and Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Texas Tribune events, and is hosted by Irene's.
On six occasions between May and September, we’ll gather at hot-ticket restaurants and hotels across Austin for light bites, cocktails and moderated discussions. These conversations will touch on everything from student loan debt to urban affordability to criminal justice reform, from immigrant Dreamers with uncertain futures to millennial Republicans unsure of their party's direction under President Donald Trump.
Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite The Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.