Oct. 6, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- The location of the Thursday, Oct. 9, Hispanic Heritage Month lecture by Norma V. Cantu, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, has been changed from the Kirsch Auditorium of the Fetzer Center to Shaw Theatre at Western Michigan University.
Cantu will speak at 10:30 a.m. on the importance of a college education, family tradition, the cultural contributions by Latinos to American society and Latino growth in higher education.
Cantu is a graduate of Pan American University and holds her law degree from Harvard University. Before being nominated by President Clinton to her current position in 1993, she was the regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund based in San Antonio, Texas. She also served as national director of that fund's Education Litigation and Advocacy Project, acting as lead counsel in a number of education-related lawsuits.
Currently, Cantu is responsible for enforcing the federal civil rights statutes that protect the rights of students to equal educational opportunities.
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For more information, contact Miguel A. Ramirez, Division of Minority Affairs, 616 387-3329 or Ruth A. Stevens, 616 387-8411.
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