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Gonzalo Robles, Founder and Educational Consultant

Mr. Robles has been working with Hispanic families for over 20 years as a motivational speaker and trainer in a variety of educational settings. His mis­sion is to promote a culture of high expectations and the importance of post-secondary education for all students. From 2008 to 2010, Robles led the University of Texas Systems’ Café con Leche (Coffee with Milk) initiative, an infor­mal forum for Latino parents to learn more about the financial aid and college application proc­ess. Café con Leche has evolved into a research-based, multifaceted program with the following components: Community and Neighborhood Cafes, Road to College, financial aid events, and teacher training. Café con Leche partners with universities, colleges, school districts, and community organizations and host the radio program Asuntos Hispanos on 107.9 FM MANA. Robles has worked with over 80 communities and partners  throughout Texas and Florida, including the Texas Higher Education Coor­dinating Board, UT Pan American, UT San Antonio, UT Brownsville, UT El Paso, UT Tyler, Tyler Junior College, Midwestern State University, Central Texas College, Amarillo College, West Texas University, Vernon College, several independent school districts and various Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Robles holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Texas State University-San Marcos and a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas.

Raquel Oxford, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development  

Dr. Raquel Oxford has over 20 years of educational experience in K-12 public schools as well as post-secondary education. Her areas of expertise and research include second language acquisition, teacher education and mentoring, and meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. She is an associate editor for Hispania and on the editorial board for Foreign Language Annals. Dr. Oxford is also co editor of Second Language Teaching and Learning in the Net Generation. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas and an MA in Spanish and Applied Linguistics from Texas Tech University.

David Barbosa, Senior Advisor and Facilitator

Dr. David Barbosa’s educational career spans over 40 years and includes service as a teacher, central office administrator and superintendent for 25 years. He served as a superintendent  in public school districts in 5 different states including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, Dr. Barbosa has taught as a university professor in 4 institutions of higher education in Arizona and Texas. His areas of interest and expertise are educational leadership, social justice, race relations, and bilingual/multicultural education.