Dr. Louis "Pancho" McFarland
Professor of Sociology and Urban Farmer
Chicago State University
L. Pancho McFarland, father, son and land steward, native New Mexican, earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. He is Professor of Sociology at Chicago State University where he has taught since 2005. He wrote the first ever book on Mexican Americans and hip hop culture, Chicano Rap: Gender and Violence in the Postindustrial Barrio (University of Texas Press, 2008). His second book, The Chican@ Hip Hop Nation: Politics of a New Millennial Mestizaje (Michigan State University Press) was published in 2013 and his third book on hip hop, Toward a Chican@ Hip Hop Anti-colonialism (Routledge) was published in 2017. The University of Arkansas Press recently published his award-winning co-edited book, Mexican-Origin Food, Foodways and Social Movements: A Decolonial Reader (2017), concerning Mexican American food traditions.
His manuscript, Food Justice in the City: Dialogues and Essays on Struggles for Identity, CommUnity and Anticolonial Pedagogy in Chicago, examines the food justice/autonomy movement in Chicago based on more than a dozen years of participation in the movement and interviews with movement leaders and colleagues on the Southside of Chicago.
Dr. Gwen Perea Warniment
Deputy Secretary of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
New Mexico Public Education Department
Gwen serves as the Deputy Secretary for Teaching and Learning for the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED). In this role, she oversees three divisions: Educator Quality, Curriculum and Instruction, and Assessment. With a little over two decades of experience supporting public education, Dr. Warniment has taught across the elementary to post-secondary landscape, chiefly focused on bilingual, STEM education.
Before joining NM PED, Gwen was the Program Director for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation with a portfolio that included direct programming, advocacy and grant making in support of public education. In this role, she directed various initiatives to support teacher retention in rural districts, socio-emotional support systems and professional learning for educators, as well as a consortium designed to build educator capacity in inquiry science and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Gwen is passionate about student voice, culturally and linguistically sustaining instruction, and supporting educators in their reflective practice. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University.