MSUToday
Published: Sept. 22, 2017

Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to speak at MSU

Contact(s): Heidi Macwan Land Policy Institute and the School of Planning, Design and Construction charron@landpolicy.msu.edu

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Henry Cisneros, the former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Development, will give a lecture Oct. 11 at Michigan State University.

Hosted by the School of Planning, Design and Construction, the event will take place at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. 

Cisneros will speak on three topics: cities and the economy, smart growth and sustainability, and American Latinos and the nation’s future.

As a four-time mayor of San Antonio, Texas, he is one of the first Hispanic Americans to have run a major city. The American Mayor named him one of the nation’s 15 best mayors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Cisneros served as the deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He also founded CityView, an investment firm focused on urban real estate, in-city housing and metropolitan infrastructure.

Cisneros currently co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force, where he considers all aspects of immigration reform and encourages dialogue among interest groups and decision makers.

“My vision is for a strong, resilient society that starts with fair housing and stretches beyond race and class,” Cisneros said.

Cisneros is also the author of several books, including “Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity,” “Latinos and the Nation’s Future,” and “Interwoven Destinies: Cities and the Nation.”

Cisneros holds master’s degrees in urban planning and public administration from Texas A&M University and Harvard University, and a doctorate in public administration from George Washington University. He is a recipient of the Habitat for Humanity Visionary Award and has been inducted into the National Association of Homebuilders' Builders Hall of Fame.

Cisneros’ talk is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Julian Samora Research Institute, the Chicano Studies Program, the Environmental Science and Policy Program, and University Outreach and Engagement at MSU.

Contact Rene Rosenbaum, SPDC associate professor, with any questions. Learn more at SPDC Special Guest Lecture: Henry Cisneros.