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Latino Heritage Month to feature former trustee

October 10, 2013
Manny Sanchez

Manny Sanchez

Manuel “Manny” Sanchez, a former member of the NIU Board of Trustees, is the featured speaker for the close of Latino Heritage Month.

The NIU alum will speak about his education and professional journey as a Latino.

His talk begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Sanchez has placed special emphasis on expanding opportunities and support for Latino students at NIU. He has been lauded for organizing a groundbreaking conference that brought together key lawmakers, national policymakers, renowned educators and Latino community leaders to begin dialogue on how to improve college retention and graduation rates for Latinos.

Sanchez is the founder and managing partner of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP, the second-largest minority-owned law firm in the United States. In 2011, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from NIU in 1970 and holds a juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday’s event is sponsored by the Latino Resource Center and the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies. For more information, call (815) 753-1986 or email [email protected].