2019 Dallas Videos


2019 Dallas Videos



Liz Cedillo-Pereira is director of the City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, established in March 2017 to be a bridge connecting Dallas's diverse immigrant communities and existing residents to realize common ground and shared leadership. A Dallas native, Cedillo-Pereira has more than 15 years of immigration-related experience at the federal, state, and local levels.
"Jennifer Valenzuela oversees the people, culture, and equity strategy for Health Leads, a nonprofit organization that envisions a health care system that addresses all patients' essential needs. She brings nearly 20 years of experience building and supporting teams in the health care sector to her current role.
Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, a national nonprofit that promotes the art of powerful citizenship. He also directs the Aspen Institute's Citizenship & American Identity Program.
"Megan Davis is the development and outreach coordinator for Groundwork Dallas, where she writes grant proposals and works closely with youth programming. She started as an environmental educator at the organization after participating in a Saturday Volunteer Day. Davis's lifelong passion for nature and the outdoors and interest in conservation have led her down many interesting paths.
Jessica Gomez is a bilingual clinical psychologist and director of clinical innovation at Momentous Institute, which impacts over 5,500 kids and family members each year with treatment that's tailored to the specific needs of each child and their family situation and focuses on building and repairing social emotional health.



Michael Hinojosa is superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, approaching nine years of service to the district where he graduated high school and began his career as an educator. Spanning three decades from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, his public education career also includes leadership of the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta.
Dan Porterfield is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Previously, he served for seven years as president of Franklin & Marshall College. Porterfield has been recognized as a visionary leader and advocate for expanding educational opportunity and improving the human condition and was named a White House Champion of Change in 2016.
Wayne Henry is a poet who is dedicated to bringing awareness to issues such as mental health, oppression, depression, and concepts of spiritual growth. Raised in South Central Los Angeles, he was exposed to a melting pot of different cultures, giving him a broad canvas for his work.
Byron Sanders is president and CEO of Big Thought, where he explores innovative ways to narrow the opportunity gap for children. He was previously vice president for U.S. Trust, the private bank of Bank of America; executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation; and vice president of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring organization serving at-risk K-12 students.


Competition Opening | Michael Hinojosa is superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, approaching nine years of service to the district where he graduated high school and began his career as an educator. Spanning three decades from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, his public education career also includes leadership of the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta.

H. Grady Spruce High School | P.E.A.C.E.'s mission is to help the isolated find peace and a sense of belonging in their everyday lives through a mentorship program.

L.G. Pinkston High School | West Dallas Upbeat promotes and provides opportunities for physical, mental, and social interaction to improve mental health.

North Dallas High School | The Brains Behind It established a Mind Body Lab, which includes relaxing mechanisms that allow students to relieve tensions and stress.

W. T. White High School

Hillcrest High School | Lil' Trees Association's goal is to increase the recycling at Hillcrest High School by 50 percent by providing recycling bins and raising awareness on the importance of protecting green spaces.

Bryan Adams High School | Cougar Zen is improving their campus' green space to create a place for relaxation and building a healthy state of mind in order to strengthen their community and propel their academic excellence.

Wilmer-Hutchins High School | The Green Successors are rebuilding green spaces in Dallas along with community partners and connecting future generations to our green roots and inspire an appreciation for nature

David W. Carter High School | Listen Up will provide information, help, and hope to teens who may suffer from mental illness and feel alone in their struggles, all while educating and broadening the understanding of educators and administrators.

South Oak Cliff High School | The Significant Optimistic Crew brings awareness and solutions to inequities in the Dallas community that affect the overall health of teens and children so they can make wise choices for a better lifestyle for ourselves and our community.

Woodrow Wilson High School | Wildcat Outreach provides hygiene products to women facing homelessness as a way to respect each person's dignity and promote healthy communities.

Moisès E. Molina High School | Los Coyotes will advocate for immigration reform by organizing a town hall meeting with local leaders, the mayor, and other politicians, as well as connect community members to resources that assist families to become legal citizens

Skyline High School | RESILIENCE's goal is to empower minorities and immigrants by creating a One Stop Shop Community Resource Fair that will connect them to the people, places, and resources that enable them to build successful lives and enrich our community. (Reaching Equitable Solutions Involving Lives of Immigrants Entering New Communities Everyday)

W.H. Adamson High School | Oak Cliff Culture plans to foster cultural awareness and empathy toward immigrants from all around the world by creating an art gallery with contributing pieces from all schools in our neighborhood.

Emmett J. Conrad High School | Emmett J. Conrad High School does not have a PTA, which means that the students, teachers, and parents have zero connection with each other - Save Our Schools is bridging that gap through town-hall style panels.

Franklin D. Roosevelt High School | Civic Youth United aims to inform, develop, and empower the next generation of functional citizens by providing post-secondary skills not in current curricula.

Justin F. Kimball High School | Knights M Powering is a force of change that empowers students to advocate for their own education while promoting student accountability to retain good teachers.

Seagoville High School | Dragons United is promoting community involvement at Seagoville High School to help remedy the issue of bullying.

Sunset High School | Sunset Encouraging Civic Activism will inform students about their civic power, how they can contribute to society, provide accessible services, and teach young adults how to have a voice and appreciate diversity

Thomas Jefferson High School | Our team provides young people with skills to practice civic power and build civic character to propose solutions that generate change and transformation.


Dallas Community Leaders Panel | Mercedes Fulbright, Eva Arreguin, and Xavier Allen Henderson

Zachary Epps

We Fight Fear | Mirka Estrada & Ann Marano

2018 Opening Forum

2018 Opening Forum



CHALLENGE #1: Smita Rawoot & Eric Wilson | Smita Rawoot is an urban planner, architect, and urban designer. She's the associate director for global delivery at Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program, where she heads solution delivery for 29 North American cities. A planning and design professional for more than 18 years, Rawoot has supported development of inclusive communities with vibrant public realms and environmentally and economically sustainable places.

CHALLENGE #2: Maria Gabriela "Gaby" Pacheco is program director at TheDream.US, a college access and success program for immigrant youth without documentation. She began advocating for immigrants in college, helping start a Florida-based group pushing for in-state tuition for undocumented students and co-leading the 2010 Trail of Dreams, a four-month walk from Miami to Washington, DC, to call attention to the plight of immigrant families under threat of deportation.

CHALLENGE #3: Ann Kim is a portfolio director at IDEO Cambridge, focused on health and public sector issues. At IDEO since 2011, she has led a multiyear HIV-prevention collaboration with USAID and worked with US Citizenship and Immigration Services to transform the immigration application experience.

CHALLENGE #4: Michael Sorrell is president of Paul Quinn College, an institution now recognized for its innovative approach to higher education. During his ten-year tenure, the college has transformed its football field into the We Over Me Farm to battle local food desert conditions, become the first federally recognized urban Work College, and won the HBCU of the Year Award, among other achievements.

CHALLENGE #5: Lonzo Anderson is a police executive with over 20 years of experience at the Dallas Police Department. Sworn in as a police officer in 1997, he was promoted to senior corporal in 2002 and served 4.5 years recruiting and conducting background investigations.

CHALLENGE #6: Chris Plutte is an entrepreneur and leader in the fields of education, media, and conflict resolution. He is executive director of Global Nomads Group (GNG), which leverages technology, storytelling, and personal connection to enable conversation between students around the world and promote the traits they will need to tackle pressing issues.


Live Performance: Jon Boogz and Lil Buck perform live at Aspen Challenge 2018 Dallas

Interview: Jon Boogz and Lil Buck | Co-Founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, Movement Art Is is an organization that uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational, and social impact of dance. Adam Erickson, director of Communications for ArtPlace America moderates the conversation.


Competition Opening | Superintendent Michael Hinojosa at the the 2018 Aspen Challenge: Dallas Competition

Golden Bear Gardners | We are promoting access to healthier foods by building a series of community gardens to support our school and community. To scale this initiative, our goal is to provide widespread access to the gardens and educate people about growing and harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables

Woodrow WiIson High School | We are developing and implementing a traveling farmers market to provide free and fresh food to the public with produce grown in Dallas ISD public school gardens.

H Grady Spruce High School | We will improve access to healthy foods and educate the Pleasant Grove community about healthy lifestyle choices by building a community greenhouse.

North Dallas High School | By bringing healthy foods closer to consumers, we will inspire youth to make better food choices and to help make a difference in our communities for a better tomorrow.

Seagoville High School | Connection is contagious. Intention uses connections to cause a chain reaction of respectful behavior throughout our community. By encouraging teachers and students to interact in a non-academic setting, we can build these connections and reduce disrespectful behavior on our campus.

Bryan Adams High School | We are addressing loneliness by establishing a mentor and buddy system within our school that matches lower classmen with upper classmen to ensure their stay at Bryan Adams feels welcoming. We will expand throughout our school feeder pattern and aspire to impact our entire city

W H Adamson High School | We are creating a campaign that builds understanding of and compassion toward those experiencing loneliness by forming a strong, healing network among local churches, businesses, and schools.

Justin F Kimball High School | By hosting a series of "Remember the Times" events, we will bring back old-fashioned face-toface interactions that inspire and motivate others to connect back to what matters the most - cultivating meaningful relationships!

W.W. Samuell High School | We are encouraging interaction between and support for students and staff at Samuell High School by utilizing social media and hosting community events where participants can learn more about addressing the issue of loneliness.

W T White High School | Using social media platforms, we will connect with students worldwide to create intercultural understanding, dispel stereotypes, and improve relations among people from other countries.

L G Pinkston High School | We will dispel misconceptions of other cultures and races around the world by creating a website for youth to share their life stories and cultures.

Hillcrest High School | To improve cultural understanding, we are inviting our community to join us in a workshop where we learn about other cultures through food, games, prizes, and music.

Franklin D Roosevelt High School | In order to make streets safer for pedestrians, especially school-aged pedestrians, Stray Paws is committed to decreasing the number of stray dogs in the area by increasing patrols and raising awareness of the 311 phone app and free spay and neutering services.

Moises E Molina High School | M4A promotes community cohesion and equitable development by improving access to safe mobility across all types of transit. We will identify common themes and issues throughout the southern sector and propose solutions to private-sector companies whose interests align with the mission of M4A.

Wilmer Hutchins High School | S.T.P. will build bridges among the officers who keep us Safe, the community that Trusts us, and the students who have designed these Partnerships.

Skyline High School | We will organize a Pleasant Grove community block party to build authentic relationships, promote safety, and improve trust with the Dallas Police Department.

Sunset High School | We are creating a resource center in Sunset High School to help the undocumented population in our neighborhood successfully transition to their new country and to offer financial planning resources.

Thomas Jefferson High School | WE will create inclusive spaces for all people who feel ashamed of their legal status. We will create community groups that meet consistently to inform and empower immigrants to feel safe and accepted in their new community.

David W Carter High School | Our team is increasing empathy by bringing immigrants' stories to light through art and changing minds one step at a time. Our team is focused on awareness, inspiration, empowerment, change, and unity.

Emmett J Conrad High School | We work with organizations, educators, and students to dispel stereotypes between immigrants and the community in which they reside and equip immigrants with tools to thrive in American society.

Announcement of the 2018 Aspen Challenge: Dallas Awards


Inspirational Speaker | Byron Sanders is president and CEO of Big Thought, where he explores innovative ways to narrow the opportunity gap for children. He was previously vice president for U.S. Trust, the private bank of Bank of America; executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation; and vice president of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring organization serving at-risk K-12 students.

Inspirational Speaker | Zachary Epps at the 2018 Aspen Challenge Dallas

Inspirational Speaker | Kanika Carver at Aspen Challenge: Dallas 2018