Sept. 9, 2020 - Frank H. Wu, the president of Queens College, City University of New York will address the University of Houston Law Center community as the keynote speaker as part of the Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series. His presentation, "Asian Americans at a Crossroads During COVID-19: Allyship and the Future of Civil Rights" will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 via Zoom.
"President Wu's unique and varied experiences will provide insight into some of today's seemingly intractable issues," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes.
Wu was born to Chinese immigrants who settled in Detroit. Wu has emphasized diversity and inclusion throughout his career, serving as the first tenured Asian-American faculty member at the historically black Howard Law School and as the youngest dean in the nation at Wayne State Law School. He authored “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White,” where he argues for a new paradigm of civil rights that goes beyond black-white, while also addressing subtle forms of racial discrimination that remain prevalent.
Co-sponsors for the event include the UHLC Asian American Law Student Association, the Asian American Bar Association of Houston, the UHLC Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Houston Bar Association and Houston Young Lawyers Association.