KU News Release


Feb. 12, 2010
Contact: Kristine Latta, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7823

Janet and Mary Murguía to give women's leadership lecture

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas alumnae and twin sisters Janet and Mary Murguía will deliver the 2010 Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture, administered by the Hall Center for the Humanities.


Janet Murguía

“An Evening with Janet and Mary Murguía” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. Kansas Rep. Barbara Ballard will moderate. The event is free and open to the public. A reception in the Centennial Room will follow.

The Murguía sisters have dedicated their lives to public service.

Janet Murguía is president and chief executive officer of the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. She is a key figure among the next generation of leaders in the Latino community, devoting her career to opening the door to the “American dream” for millions of American families. Murguía was listed among the “100 Most Powerful Women in Washington” by Washingtonian magazine and one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business.


Mary Murguía

Mary Murguía is the first Latina to serve on the U.S. District Court of Arizona. Most recently, she presided over a controversial case regarding racial profiling by law enforcement. Murguía also provided guidance and counsel for many law enforcement issues and policy initiatives at the Department of Justice, when she served as counsel to the department.

The Murguía sisters come from a large, tight-knit family in Kansas City, Kan. Four of the seven siblings, including the two sisters, hold law degrees. Five hold undergraduate degrees. All of the siblings attribute their success to the values of hard work, sense of community, family and humility.

The Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture is named for two women who were prominent leaders at KU. The fund they established supports lectures by prominent women on women’s leadership issues. Contributions to the fund can be made through KU Endowment.


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