HUD Assistant Secretary To Visit Geneva

John D. Trasviña, assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will visit Geneva Wednesday.

He will be the guest of the Geneva Human Rights Commission.

Trasviña’s visit marks one of the final initiatives proposed under the commission’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing grant project, funded by a HUD Partnership grant in February 2012.

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at Hobart and William Smith Colleges were partners with the commission in the year-long project.

Trasviña will be the John Henry Hobart Fellow in Residence at HWS for the day.

His schedule will feature both town and gown engagements, including a Fair Housing Roundtable discussion with local and regional activists, civil rights leaders, housing professionals and providers, city and college officials and tenants.

John D. Trasviña

The roundtable, by invitation only, will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the HWS executive conference room, 22 Seneca Street, third floor.

Sponsored by the commission, HWS and the Finger Lakes Housing Consortium, the discussion will focus on how fair housing can sustain a community.

The John Henry Hobart civil rights reception will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Common Room of the Scandling Center, also by invitation only.

Trasviña also will engage HWS students in the classroom, have lunch with student leaders and be the guest of honor at a reception sponsored by the Human Rights Commission, the Hobart Dean’s Office and the HWS Office of Intercultural Affairs.

Born in San Francisco, Calif., Trasviña received degrees from Harvard University and Stanford Law School. During the Clinton Administration, he was appointed special counsel for immigration-related unfair employment practices at the Department of Justice. He also served as deputy assistant attorney general for Legislative Affairs at the Justice Department.

He left the Justice Department in 2001 to become director of the Discrimination Research Center in Berkeley, Calif., and taught at Stanford Law School.

He served as president and general counsel for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, leading the legal effort for the Latino community by advancing litigation and public policy in the areas of civil rights, immigration, education and related issues.

He then joined the Obama Administration, confirmed by the Senate as assistant secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in May 2009.

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