Thomas Saenz, MALDEF

Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, will speak at the Fresno State Civil Rights Forum set for 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the University Dining Hall (east wing).

The forum will begin with opening remarks from University President Joseph I. Castro and Lynnette Zelezny, Fresno State provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. At 2:55 p.m., Saenz will discuss civil rights, immigration and social justice, followed by audience questions.

Associated Students Inc. President Tim Ryan will provide the forum’s closing remarks. The event is geared to students and University employees but is open to the public (parking is $3 a day:

The forum is sponsored by ASI, the Academic Senate, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President. INFO: Randy Aoki, coordinator of special events, at or 559.278.2636.

Civil Rights Forum|
March 15, 2017
Fresno State (University Dining Hall –East Wing)



Lynnette Zelezny, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Joseph I. Castro, President – California State University, Fresno

2:55 p.m.        KEYNOTE SPEAKER
THOMAS A. SAENZ, MALDEF President and General Counsel
TOPICS: Civil Rights, Immigration and Social Justice

3:30 p.m.        Q & A
Kevin Ayotte, Chair – Academic Senate
Tim Ryan, President – Associated Students, Inc.
Open to audience

4:00 p.m.        CLOSING REMARKS
Tim Ryan, President – Associated Students, Inc.