Agosto Center Gets An Upgrade

By  - 
From left: Michael F. Barry, President and Dean; Donna Davis, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Benny Agosto, Jr., 95' Alum, Agosto Diversity Center Donor, and Managing Partner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner; Nichole Agosto, Agosto Diversity Center Donor; Shelby A.D. Moore, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Professor of Law.

The South Texas College of Law (STCL) Houston campus’ corner-stone of cultivating inclusion in the legal field is getting a makeover.

According to Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Donna M. Davis, JD, The Benny Agosto, Jr. Diversity Center, established in October 2021 through a $3 million donation from alum Benny Agosto Jr., serves students, staff, faculty, and alumni of STCL Houston.

A managing partner with the Houston-based firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz, & Stogner, Agosto Jr. is an accomplished attorney who has dedicated much of his career to supporting student inclusion efforts at his alma mater and in the broader community. He has been named one of the Nation’s 101 Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community by Latino Leaders Magazine two years in a row, and he has twice been honored on the Top Latino Lawyers List.

Agosto Jr., who himself made the first strike toward demolition at the construction kick-off celebration in April, said, “We are grateful that, at a time when our country is so divided, the Agosto Diversity Center brings people together — all people, from every background, color, creed, nationality, and viewpoint.”

The rebuilt space will allow the center to better accomplish their mission to foster opportunities for quality legal education and constructive dialogue through an array of student, faculty, staff, and community engagement programming.

“Our work has provided the STCL Houston community with an opportunity to learn, grow, and support the mosaic of differences among us,” said Davis.