On June 14, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Spain had the opportunity to meet with the management team of the University of Deusto, in Bilbao.
RFK Spain president, Dr. María Díaz de la Cebosa, together with vice-president Leticia Menéndez de Luarca, and RFK Spain director, Anthony Verrecchio, were received by the rector of the University of Deusto, Juan José Etxebarria, and the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Gema Tomás.
Upon meeting in the main university building, the group moved to the location of the old “John F. Kennedy Library”. As a result of having inherited many books from the vast library of the now-defunct “American House in Bilbao,” the John F. Kennedy Library was inaugurated in 1966, in honor of the American president, on the university premises. Subsequently, Senator Edward Kennedy also contributed another donation of books.
Also participating in the meeting on behalf of the University of Deusto were the Dean of Law Gema Tomás, Stella Solernau, Secretary General of the University, Javier Arellano, Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ana Herrán, Vice-Dean of Students and Research, Soledad Galarraga, Director of the Library, Gorka Urrutia, Director of the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute, and Gustavo de la Orden and David Fernández Rojo, human rights professors and researchers.
During the meeting, the first lines of collaboration between the two institutions were established, with a particular focus on participating in common projects in defense of human rights education and social justice.
Afterwards, a visit was made to the most emblematic places of the University such as the Gothic Chapel, the “Hall of Degrees,” the Main Ceremonial Hall, and the modern university library.