(DALLAS, TX) — The Baylor College of Dentistry-Texas A&M Health Science Center will host alumna Dr. Elba Garcia, deputy mayor pro tem for the City of Dallas, at noon Friday, May 12 in Room 605.

Sponsored by the college’s Hispanic Student Dental Association in honor of Cinco de Mayo, the event is open to faculty, staff and students.

Elected to the city council in 2002, Garcia serves on numerous committees and task forces, including the Public Safety, Quality of Life and Trinity River committees, in addition to representing the interests of her own district. She also chairs the Domestic Violence Task Force.

Outside City Hall, Garcia bears a myriad of other public service responsibilities. She has served as a school trustee for St. Cecilia’s School, spokesperson for the American Cancer Society for Latin Women and board member of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Garcia earned a bachelor’s degree in odontology from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in1984. She continued her education at El Centro College in Dallas and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from HSC-BCD in 1990. She is married to former city councilman and state Rep. Domingo Garcia, and they have two sons.

Founded in 1905, Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, a component of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, is a nationally recognized center for oral health sciences education, research, specialized patient care and continuing dental education.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its six components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, the School of Rural Public Health, and the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy.

— LaDawn Brock