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UIS faculty member appointed to advisory committee for federal civil rights commission

February 6, 2007

Contact: Anthony Sisneros, 217/206-6545, asisn1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD – Anthony Sisneros, associate professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been appointed to the Illinois Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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Anthony Sisneros

Committees have between 11 and 19 members who serve two-year terms as uncompensated special government employees. Sisneros' appointment became effective last November.

"I am looking forward to contributing to the work of the IAC," said Sisneros. "I consider this appointment very important, particularly in light of the ongoing national debate on immigration and the unfortunate constabulary climate regarding enforcement that is developing at the local and state levels."

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is comprised of six regional offices; Illinois is in the Midwest region, which also includes Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Advisory committees meet at least twice a year and are required to conduct a project each term. A major function is to study and report on issues in their respective states, serving as the Commission's "eyes and ears." 

Committees are also charged with advising the Commission on matters related to discrimination or denial of equal protection under the law or in the administration of justice, and to aid in the Commission's statutory obligation to serve as a national clearinghouse for information in these and related areas. Other duties include interpreting the Commission's role and position on civil rights issues to the public.

In addition to teaching, Sisneros' current projects include writing a book on the dynamics of Latino empowerment. He has recently been appointed to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Public Policy Management & Policy and previously served for 10 years in the same capacity for Review of Public Personnel Administration. He is a book reviewer for Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries and The Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management and Workplace Policy. His articles have appeared in such professional publications as American Review of Public Administration, Labor Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, and Public Administration Review.

Sisneros served on the Board of Trustees at St. Augustine College in Chicago and is a past member of the national board of directors of the American Society for Public Administration. He has been a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education and served the Federal Executive Institute as resource participant for special diversity programs. He is a past-president and member of the board of directors of the Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees and a key congressional and state vote advisor for Project Vote Smart. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington State University.

For more information, contact Sisneros at 206-6545.



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