Maureen McCueInternational Programs, University of Iowa
Maureen McCue has traveled and worked extensively as a peacemaker, researcher, and physician, and has helped organize many forums on cross cultural, global health, and refugee health issues. Dr. McCue is the coordinator for the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, a founding member and former Director of the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program, where she remains active on the governing board, and also a founding member and board member of the UI Center for Human Rights. She has regularly interacted with international and domestic representatives of many programs regarding global health issues and has actively participated in numerous peace, health and human rights events in the former Soviet Union, Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador, India and Bangladesh. She is one of the collaborating authors for the recently published Recalibrating the Law of Humans with the Laws of Nature: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice by the Vermont Law School.
Chad ThomasWest Liberty Mayor
Chad Thomas was elected Mayor of West Liberty, Iowa, in 2009, after serving first as a City Council Member. He also serves as a part-time Judicial Referee in Johnson County, has a private law practice in West Liberty, and is part owner of a community coffee shop in West Liberty. Being Mayor in West Liberty provides challenges and opportunities; it is a community in which over 50% of the population self-identifies as Hispanic, and this population includes both persons newly arrived as well as families that immigrated to West Liberty generations ago. Although immigration is not a focus of his law practice, Mr. Thomas has volunteered with an immigration agency in Brownsville, Texas, and regularly deals with issues surrounding the role of immigration status in representation of clients and how it can impacts views on and approaches to our justice system. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Iowa.
Rockne ColeCole & Landra LLP, Iowa City
Rockne Cole practices law in Iowa City, specializing primarily in criminal law, immigration and civil rights. He holds a BA in Economics from Luther College and a JD with honors from the University of Iowa College of Law. Originally from Decorah, Iowa, Mr. Cole has had an interest in Latin American culture since his first Spanish class in the 9th Grade, and subsequent unsuccessful efforts to learn the salsa. Through study abroad, and his experiences in Latin American Concerns at Luther College, Mr. Cole developed a strong interest in Latin American history, politics, language and culture. This interest led him to a law practice that has included a large number of clients from throughout Latin America, including Columbia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Mr. Cole is a passionate advocate for clients from various Latin American countries, and a frequent speaker on issues affecting recent immigrants.
Very Rev. Rudolph T. Juarez
Very Rev. Rudolph T. JuarezPastor, St. Patrick's Church, iowa City
Rev. Rudolph T. Juárez is pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City, adjunct judge on the Marriage Tribunal and Vicar for Spanish-Speaking in the Diocese of Davenport. Fr. Juárez attended St. Ambrose College, the University of Iowa, entered Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies from St. Mary’s University of Texas at San Antonio. He went on to graduate studies in Theology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and graduated with a Masters of Divinity and was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, at St. Stephen Church, South Bend, Indiana, in 1979. In 1980, he was ordained a priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, and has served parishes in Davenport, Bettendorf, Muscatine and now Iowa City. He subsequently studied at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomaso (the Angelicum) in Rome, where he earned a license in Canon Law.
Mark GreyDepartment of Sociology, University of Northern Iowa
Mark A. Grey is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also the founder and director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration (ICILI). The ICILI is an award-winning organization providing training to communities, organizations, and employers on immigrant and refugee issues. Dr. Grey is also Associate Director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities. He received his PhD in Applied Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and has published extensively on immigration in the Midwest. His handbooks include New Americans, New Iowans, and Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Managers and Supervisors. He recently coauthored Postville USA: Surviving Diversity in Small-Town America. Dr. Grey has won numerous awards for his activities, including the Remington Award, Iowa’s highest award for the promotion of public health, the Iowa Friends of Civil Rights Award, the Iowa Council for International Understanding Vision Award and One Iowa Award. To visit Professor Grey's home page, click here.