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October 27, 2004

D.C man to speak on race, politics

Henry G. Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and four-term mayor of San Antonio, will speak at the University on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Cisneros, who headed HUD from 1993-1997, will discuss "Latinos in the U.S. Political Landscape" at the International House in an event sponsored by the Harris School's Center for Policy Practice and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

In 1981, when Cisneros was elected mayor, he was the first Hispanic to serve as mayor of a major U.S. city. Over his four terms, Cisneros focused on developing San Antonio's economic infrastructure and helping to improve the city's status.

In 1986, Cisneros was selected the Outstanding Mayor in the nation by City and State Magazine.

"Mr. Cisneros' appointment was one of the highest ranking for a Latino in the United States government," reads an advertisement for the event. "He is credited with initiating a major revitalization of many of the nation's public housing developments and with formulating policies which have contributed to today's record home-ownership rate."

Cisneros is also the founder and chairman of American CityVista, which develops neighborhoods in urban areas.