San José, Calif.- February 15, 2012- The National Hispanic University (NHU) will honor Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa during its 30th anniversary celebration event on Friday, Feb. 24. Villaraigosa will be the keynote speaker, addressing students, faculty, alumni and members of the community.
NHU President Dr. David P. López will present the mayor with an honorary doctoral degree in recognition of his commitment to education and for his involvement in improving access to education on behalf of the Hispanic community.
“Mayor Villaraigosa is a reform-minded leader in urban education and a champion for quality education,” said Dr. David López, NHU president. “We are honored to have him participate in our 30th anniversary celebration event and to recognize his tireless efforts to improve access to quality education for the Hispanic community.”
Villaraigosa, the 41st mayor of Los Angeles, began his career in public service as a labor organizer before serving from 1994–2000 in the California State Assembly and as Assembly Speaker from 1998-2000. He advocated for the advancement of education, healthcare and civil rights. As mayor, he has been dedicated to reforming the public school system in Los Angeles with the aim of giving every child access to a quality education.
Villaraigosa joins a number of other high-profile visitors to NHU in recent years, including world-renowned musician Carlos Santana; former NASA astronaut José Hernández; Mexican poet and writer Elena Poniatowska; and Luis Valdez, a playwright, filmmaker and director who is often referred to as the father of Chicano theater.
NHU was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. B. Roberto Cruz, who dedicated his life to making educational opportunities available to Hispanics and members of other underrepresented groups. Grounded in cultural respect, NHU fosters a learning environment that reflects the rich heritage and diversity of the Hispanic community.
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