April 05, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - Linda Chavez, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, will be the featured McKinley Scholar at Mount Union College on Tuesday, February 14 at 4 p.m. in Mount Union Theatre.

Chavez is most recognized for her media involvement, which includes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country, such as The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New Republic, Commentary and Readers Digest and for her regular appearances on "The McLaughlin Group," "CNN & Co.," "To The Contrary" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."

She is also the author of Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation, a book which chronicles the untold story of Hispanic progress and achievement and addresses the implications of bilingual education, voting rights, immigration and affirmative action. Currently, Chavez is working on her second book, which will deal with the impact of feminism on social policy.

In addition to her writing, Chavez has held a number of political positions including White House Director of Public Liason in 1995, director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1983-1985 and editor of the prize winning quarterly journal of the American Federation of Teachers, American Educator, from 1977-1983. She also served as U.S. Expert on the United Nations Subcommission on Human Rights from 1992-1996, and was most recently nominated to serve as Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush's administration

Chavez is currently a director of Greyhound Lines, Inc. and ABM Industries, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations.

The William McKinley Visiting Scholar Program was made possible through an initial grant made jointly to Malone College, Mount Union College and Walsh University by the First Educational and Charitable Trust, which was organized in 1967 with a grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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