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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 8, 2021

HACU statement on the passing of Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino California Supreme Court Justice

SAN ANTONIO – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has released the following statement on the passing of Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino California Supreme Court Justice.

"Cruz Reynoso was an exceptional servant leader and Latino trailblazer not just as a distinguished jurist, but also as an accomplished scholar and professor of law at two emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions - UCLA and UC Davis. He started his higher education at Fullerton College, an HSI," said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.

Reynoso was a former associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and served as vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, as well as a member of the Select Commission on Immigration and Human Rights.

President Bill Clinton honored Cruz Reynoso with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000, the country’s highest civilian honor, for his lifelong devotion to public service.

"Cruz Reynoso was also inducted to the HACU Hall of Champions in 2015. He was a true champion of Hispanic higher education success and will be sorely missed, " added Flores.

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

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HACU Media Contact:

Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
210-576-3206
njgarcia@hacu.net

Christopher de Hoyos
Assistant Director of Communications and Social Media
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
210-576-3242
chris.dehoyos@hacu.net