With a goal to inspire today’s young people into public service, Julián Castro will serve as the first guest speaker for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s annual Distinguished Speaker Series.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Castro launched his public service career in 2001, becoming San Antonio’s youngest councilman. He was elected mayor in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and again in 2013. His identical twin brother,Joaquin Castro, currently represents the 20th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Castro launched into the national arena with his keynote address – the first by a Latino – at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In 2014, he was President Barack Obama’s nomination as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and, upon confirmation, served in that role until 2017.

Most recently, he joined The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Dean’s Distinguished Fellow and Fellow of the Dávila Chair in International Trade Policy, where he is designing innovative approaches to the study of public policy, governance and politics.

The UTRGV Distinguished Speaker event is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Complex on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. Doors open at 7 p.m. for students with a valid university ID, and7:20 p.m. for the general public.

Future DSS speakers include Diane Guerrero, actress from the megahit Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, and author of In the Country We Love, on Jan. 30, 2018; and Daymond John, a Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, New York Times bestselling author, and branding guru, on March 7, 2018. 

For more information or special accommodations, call Student Involvement at956-665-2660 or 956-882-5111.