|Latina leader Janet Murguža to speak at School of Public Health commencement|
|March 29, 2006|
National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguža will speak at the 2006 Commencement Ceremony for the School of Public Health on Sunday, May 14, 2006, at 1 p.m. in the recently renovated Memorial Hall on campus.
Immediately following the ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to join the School of Public Health faculty and staff at the celebratory reception in the Michael Hooker Research Center.
Murguža has emerged as a key figure among the next generation of leaders in the Latino community. Hispanic Business magazine named her a finalist for its 2005 "Women of the Year Award." In 2004, Hispanic magazine chose her for its annual list of "100 Top Latinas" and Hispanic Business magazine selected her as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics."
Murguža began her career in Washington, D.C., as legislative counsel to former Kansas Congressman Jim Slattery, serving for seven years. She then worked at the White House in various capacities from 1994 to 2000, ultimately as deputy assistant to President Clinton, providing strategic and legislative advice to the president on key issues. She also served as deputy director of legislative affairs, managing the legislative staff and acting as a senior White House liaison to Congress.
Prior to joining NCLR, Murguža was the Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Kansas, overseeing the university's internal and external relations with the public, including governmental and public affairs, and coordinating the university's strategic planning and marketing efforts.
In addition to serving on the National Council of La Raza's Board of Directors, Murguža has served on the Kauffman Foundation Youth Development Board. She is currently a Board member of the Independent Sector, a coalition of leading nonprofits, foundations, and corporations committed to connecting, informing, and advocating on behalf of the nonprofit and philanthropic community.
A Kansas City native, Murguža spoke with Kansas City public radio station reporter Sylvia Maria Gross in January. A podcast of her interview is available at www.KCUR.org.
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