Weber State University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month throughout September and October, and will welcome Samuel Alba, Utah’s first Latino federal judge, as a keynote speaker to honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
Alba served as a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court, District of Utah, and oversaw a range of high-profile cases, including the Olympic bribery scandal and the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart.
“It is an absolute honor to welcome Judge Alba to our campus,” said Monica Rodriguez, program manager for the Hispanic & Latino Cultural Center, part of WSU’s Centers for Belonging & Cultural Engagement. “As a first-generation college student and a member of a minority group, his journey to becoming a respected professional in a highly competitive field is truly admirable.”
Alba will speak Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. at the Wildcat Theater, located on the second floor of the Shepherd Union Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Along with the keynote speaker, Weber State will host various events to amplify its initiative to bring cultural awareness and education to its campuses and community.
“Weber State has been working hard to connect more with the Hispanic and Latino community,” Rodriguez said. “You see more and more Hispanic and Latino students in student-leadership positions and participating in institution decisions through committees.”