Advocate and activist to deliver Disability History Month keynote

September 26, 2022
Portrait of Hugo Trevino, speaker for Disability Awareness Month

Fitchburg State University’s observance of Disability History Month in October will include a keynote presentation by advocate and activist Hugo Treviño.

The online address will be given at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. To watch the discussion, go to meet.google.com/ice-fhxd-iei or dial in to +1 414-909-6738 and enter PIN: 453 656 159#.

Treviño is a first-generation Mexican-American, born and raised in Chicago, where he works as a disability specialist at the University of Illinois. He has a physical disability called spinal muscular atrophy which requires him to use a power wheelchair. As a student activist, he advocated for the rights of Latinxs, LGBQTIA, students with disabilities and other marginalized communities. 

While Treviño’s presentation will be virtual, those interested in a shared viewing experience are invited to watch from the Falcon Hub in Hammond Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

The presentation is offered in conjunction with the university’s observance of LGBTQ+ History Month, which is celebrated throughout October.

About Hugo Treviño

Treviño is a first generation Mexican American. As an activist, he has advocated for the rights of Latinxs, LGBQTIA, people with disabilities and other marginalized communities. He earned his B.A. at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana (UIUC) in 2014.  His passion for education, student affairs, and travel, inspired him to obtain his Master of Education in International Higher Education in 2018, from Loyola University Chicago. His work passions include helping people with disabilities in multi-faceted ways including education, healthcare, and self-advocacy to name a few. This passion of service has led him to public speaking and working at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he makes sure students with disabilities have equal access to higher education and can achieve their full potential. He works to make sure that students get connected to mental and health care providers in order to get resources at the academic level and beyond. Hugo strongly believes that if people with disabilities can be granted Disability Equity in the form of access to an education and health care/treatments, this will lead to a lifetime of advocacy skills that will change the landscape of disability rights.