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Barrett, The Honors College names Maria Teresa Kumar as 2022 Flinn Foundation Centennial lecturer

Photo of the movement created by the centennial lecturer coming to the Honors College
A file photo meant to illustrate the seismic shift created by the Voto Latino movement.
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Voto Latino CEO offers political insights at Honors College

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Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University will host Voto Latino CEO Maria Teresa Kumar, as the 2022 Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecturer featuring her keynote titled, “Our Changing America.”

Ms. Kumar, a Colombian-American, is part of the fastest growing demographic group in America. This has given her a unique platform to address some of the most pressing issues of our time, including police reform, gender pay equity, immigration, diversity and inclusion in tech, protecting the vote, and climate justice.

She has dedicated her career to engaging the public to build democracy and protect human rights, Honors College representatives report.

Under her leadership, Voto Latino and the Voto Latino Foundation have become a key factor in national elections by directly registering over a 1 million voters (79% have gone on to vote) and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns. As the country’s largest Latinx voter registration and mobilization organization, Voto Latino has played a decisive role in American elections and been a major voice countering disinformation in the Latino community.

In the 2020 election alone, Voto Latino and Voto Latino Foundation raised $34 million combined — the most of any Latino organization in American electoral history — and registered 612,000 voters, also a record.

The ASU Centennial Lecture has provided Barrett, The Honors College the resources to bring some of the world’s most influential intellects to campus since 1989. The lecture has become one of ASU’s foremost intellectual events featuring noted diplomats, scientists, playwrights, and authors.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Carson Ballroom at Old Main on the ASU Tempe campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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