Victoria DeFrancesco Soto., dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, will give the keynote address, “Creating Systemic Change: A Latina’s Journey in Public Service and Academia,” at TCU’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event is at 4 p.m. preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Cox Ballroom of the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, 2820 Stadium Dr.
“Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is a celebration of culture, language, tradition and history, which intentionally highlights the rich beauty that members of the community contribute to the United States,” said Florencio U. Aranda III, assistant director of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Soto is the first Latina dean at a presidential institution, and she was named one of the top 12 scholars in the country by Diverse magazine. She previously served as assistant dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas and has taught at Northwestern and Rutgers universities. She also served as a political analyst for NBC News and Telemundo.
Soto’s areas of expertise include civic engagement, women, immigration, Latinos and political psychology. Underlying all of her research interests is the applicability of high-quality, rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities. She has spent over two decades bridging academic, practitioner, community and media realms in her quest to cultivate public service engagement across our national landscape.