Trasviña highlighted USF's role in training
the next generation of civil rights leaders.
School of Law Dean John Trasviña celebrated the courage
of young people pushing for change in his first campus-wide address,
commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
In the Feb. 25 discussion, Trasviña highlighted the key struggles and legislative victories of the
civil rights movement, including laws protecting Americans against racial and
should not be a surprise that young people were at the core,” Trasviña told the audience of faculty, staff, and students. “There
are so many examples of young people being active and really standing ahead of
Training the next generation of leaders
that spirit, he said, is at the heart of a USF School of Law education.
“We ask ‘who else,’ when we admit a student. Who else’s
legal protections are advancing? Who else has that student advocated for, and
who else will that student advocate for? Whose lives and conditions are touched
and improved when we train that prospective student to be an attorney?”
us here at USF are here to train the next generation of leaders, and in my
case, lawyers. The time to act is now,” he said, invoking the words of
President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
Trasviña also celebrated the courage of DREAMer activists and their supporters fighting
for immigration reform, one of the critical civil rights challenges of today.
His speech was
followed by a Q & A session moderated by Shabnam Koirala-Azad, associate
dean of the USF School of Education and associate professor of international
and multicultural education.
event was co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community
Engagement and the University Council on Diversity and Inclusion.