On Tuesday and yesterday, millions of Texans celebrated Mexican Independence Day as a cornerstone of our heritage and pride. At the Capitol, the famous grito was delivered by the Consul General of Mexico, Carlos González Gutiérrez, on national Univision.
As the vice chairman of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, I was proud to help sponsor the festivities for the general public. It was an opportunity to reflect on the rich contributions immigrants and their descendants make to this country and how we are all stronger as a result.
Inauguration of UT’s 29th President
Just hours ago, President Gregory L. Fenves was formally inaugurated as the 29th president of my alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin. He took the opportunity to emphasize the rich diversity of UT’s student body, the incredible value of its research and the reliable benefits to the state of its initiatives.
Since transitioning into the role over the summer, President Fenves has already faced incredible challenges and opportunities. He has presided over dialogue and action to move the racist Jefferson Davis statue from the grounds of the 40 acres. He has called a task force to address the question of guns on campus in light of new laws. He has begun cleaning up the UT men’s athletic department. He has launched the new UT Medical School. I am very optimistic of the future of this “university of the first-class” under the stewardship of President Fenves.