Dr. Saenz named next Grassroots speaker

The most recent Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community installment will be Wednesday, March 26.

The lecture, featuring Dr. Rogelio Saenz, will be in the Olson Auditorium in AB4 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. There will be a reception following in the SAM Center for students to have the opportunity to network and meet Dr. Saenz.

Dr. Saenz is a professor of sociology at Texas A&M. He specializes in equality, demography and Latino/Latina immigration. He has written over 30 journal and book chapters, as well as 20 technical reports related to the human ecology and demography of minorities.

“He’s very active in promoting students in higher education,” Dr. Bernice Strauss, director of academic support programs at the SAM Center said. “We’re delighted to have him.”

The Grassroots series has been inviting mentors to speak at Sam for around four years, according to Strauss.

“We’re delighted that well known leaders from all over the state come and talk to our students. We invite minority leaders who can act as role models for our students, and I’m delighted that in the past, we’ve had university presidents, a member of the board of regents and we just had Lauren Anderson,” Strauss said.

Dr. Saenz was chosen based off the praises of a doctoral student, Strauss said.

“Students are representative of what students want to hear and want to attend and want to see,” Strauss said. “When she spoke so highly of his commitment to furthering students in higher education, I thought this was the man we needed to invite to come.”

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