First Social Justice and Peace Conference draws hundreds to discuss issues
Posted: 05/07/2009
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Close to 400 students, presenters and other visitors participated in the first Social Justice and Peace Conference/Exhibition held May 1 at The University of Texas-Pan American. Sponsored by the UTPA Department of Criminal Justice, the event's activities centered on the theme "Conceptualizing Injustice: Images/Voices of Resistance." The daylong conference, principally organized by Dr. Rosalva Resendiz, associate professor of criminal justice, featured speakers, films, art and photo exhibitions, poetry and skits and provided a safe forum to learn about and discuss problems and issues faced both locally and globally such as the environment, health, crime, immigration, civil rights, and policies affecting education, and ethnic and gender relations. Pictured enjoying a conference photography exhibit are left to right Miriam Iturbe, a senior from Weslaco majoring in criminal justice, and Ileana Montenegro, a senior from McAllen majoring in psychology. For more information on the conference, contact Resendiz at