Norma V. Cantú Chosen as Chair of the U.S. Fee on Civil Rights | Information

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today the commissioners of the US Civil Rights Commission unanimously approved the president Joseph R. Bidens Appointment of Norma V. Cantú as Chair, a milestone for the Commission as the first Latina to serve as Chair.

Ms. Cantú is Professor of Education and Law at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and education law. Ms. Cantú joins the Commission with notable civil service experience including eight years as Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration and most recently as a member of the Agency Review Team for the Biden-Harris Transition for Education.

The chairman and commissioners of the US Civil Rights Commission serve a six-year term.

The Commission warmly thanks the former chairman Catherine E. Lhamon for her four years of tireless service with the Commission. Ms. Lhamon continues to work to defend the civil rights of all Americans as the deputy director of the Home Affairs Council on Racial Justice and Justice.

“I look forward to advancing the mission of the civil rights commission facing our nation today, in collaboration with my esteemed colleagues on the US Civil Rights Commission,” said the newly appointed commission chairman. Norma V. Cantu.

The United States’ Civil Rights Commission is the only independent, non-partisan agency tasked with advising the President and Congress on civil rights issues and reporting annually on federal civil rights enforcement. Our 51 state advisory boards offer a broad perspective on civil rights issues at the state and local levels. Information about the Commission can be found at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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