Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rick Halperin

Director, Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University

Dr. Rick Halperin began teaching human rights courses in 1990 in the William P. Clements Department of History. After being chosen as Director of the new Embrey Human Rights Program, he began overseeing its academic program, planning its public events, and developing a wide array of human rights focused trips. During his more than 40-year affiliation with Amnesty International USA, he has served as chair of its board of directors three times. He has also served on the boards of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Center for Survivors of Torture, the International Rescue Committee and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. He has participated in a U.N. human rights delegation that inspected Irish prison conditions in Dublin and Belfast, as well as in delegations monitoring human rights in El Salvador and Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza.

Panelists | The Dallas Quest for Equality

Mike Anglin

Attorney & Mediator, Law Office of Mike Anglin

Mike Anglin, a Vietnam War veteran from Commerce, Texas, recently retired as a senior partner in a preeminent international law firm based in Texas, having practiced law in Dallas since 1976. He has been an instigator and founder of a number of organizations such as the Texas Human Rights Foundation, the Dallas Black Tie Dinner, Razzle Dazzle Dallas, the Foundation for Human Understanding (now known as Resource Center), and more recently The Dallas Way.  He is currently on the executive committee of the DFW Federal Club in support of the Human Rights Campaign. He has also served the City of Dallas on the Dallas Park Board and on the City Planning Commission, representing North Oak Cliff.  

Rev. Ray Jordan

Adjunct Professor, Southern Methodist University

Rev. Ray Jordan has worked as a public school teacher, university professor, non-profit administrator, corporate trainer, clergyperson and consultant in areas of conflict mediation, organizational development and diversity and inclusion.  He is a sought-after preacher, speaker, workshop leader and facilitator in the areas of difference (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.) and cultural competency. Currently, Ray teaches courses in Human Rights and Social Justice for the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Southern Methodist University when not spending time with his three children, Trey, Alley and Joshua Caleb.

Candy Marcum

President, Candy Marcum Counseling

Candy Marcum has been counseling, training, writing, supervising, facilitating and advising people through therapy and social advocacy since 1981. Her passion and enthusiasm in serving the mental health needs of all communities have helped guide her life’s work as a healer. Her tagline is: “Helping People Bring Meaning to Their Lives.” A social reform veteran, Candy was one of Dallas’s first professional counselors who worked with the LGBTQ+ community as an out lesbian herself.

Chris Luna

Vice President, Legal and Chief Counsel, Metro by T-Mobile

Chris Luna has practiced law for over 30 years and is Vice President of Legal Affairs at T-Mobile US, Inc., where he is the chief counsel for the Metro by T-Mobile brand. Chris was elected to three terms on the Dallas City Council and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. Chris is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and UT’s business school in accounting.


Cece Cox

CEO, Resource Center

Cece Cox is recognized for her longtime effective leadership and advocacy in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) civil rights movement. She has advocated on behalf of the LGBTQ and HIV communities for over 35 years. Since 2010, she has served as CEO of Resource Center, which operates one of the largest LGBTQ community centers in the United States. Cox has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumna of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, was named LGBTQ Texan of the Year by the Dallas Voice and was selected by D CEO Magazine as one of the top 500 CEOs in Dallas. She is a board member and former co-chair of the national organization, CenterLink, and a board alumna of Texas Women’s Foundation. She lives in Dallas with her partner and son.


Panel 2: Equality Through Diplomacy

Panel 3: The Push for Corporate Inclusion