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UTSA hosts Oct. 24 forum featuring U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
(Oct. 23, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio and the U.S. Department of Labor will present Hilda L. Solis, U.S. secretary of labor, speaking at the "Young Veterans Forum: Training for the Future" from 3:25 p.m. to 4:25 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
>> The event centered on conversation about education and training for veterans is free and open to the UTSA community. Pre-registration is required and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To pre-register, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.
Solis was confirmed as secretary of labor on Feb. 24, 2009. Before confirmation, she represented the 32nd Congressional District in California from 2001 to 2009.
In the Congress, Solis' priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment and improving the lives of working families. A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act, which provided funding for "green collar" job training for veterans, displaced workers, at-risk youth and individuals in families under 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
In 2007, Solis was appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), as well as the Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group. In June 2007, she was elected vice chair of the Helsinki Commission's General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. She was the only U.S. elected official to serve on this committee.
A nationally recognized leader on the environment, Solis became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2000 for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues. Her California environmental justice legislation, enacted in 1999, was the first of its kind in the nation to become law.
For more information, email A'shanti Gholar, special assistant to the secretary for public engagement.