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From the President

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Trini Ross to Kick Off Black History Month with Speech February 2

On behalf of the Buffalo State College community, I am delighted to welcome Trini E. Ross, U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York, as the 2022 MLK speaker on Wednesday, February 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Tower Auditorium. I encourage all members of the campus community to attend.

The first African American woman to hold this position in Western New York, Ms. Ross was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 30, 2021. In this role, she oversees the prosecution of any federal criminal case brought within the 17 counties of Western New York. She also represents the United States in all civil matters brought within this territory.

A Buffalo native, she received her juris doctor, cum laude, from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1992. She also earned a master’s degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia.

Ms. Ross’s visit is a terrific beginning to our celebration of Black History Month, a time when we reflect on the many contributions of African Americans, including individuals such as Ms. Ross, who continue to become “firsts” in their field.

Her talk, sponsored by the Equity and Campus Diversity Office, is also part of the college’s 150th anniversary celebration and is free and open to the public. Please register online before the event. A virtual option for viewing will also be available.

For more information, please visit the Buffalo State College News website, call (716) 878-6210, or email the Equity and Campus Diversity Office.

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