From her earliest days in Mexico City, Justice Esquivel dreamt of a career in law, a dream in which she wielded the power to improve the lot of fellow citizens and the world beyond. The oldest of five sisters, Justice Esquivel maintained the conviction that she would pursue justice for all and was named a minister of the National Supreme Court of Justice in 2019, making her the 13th woman in more than 195 years to attain this position in Mexico.
An engaged member of the Mexican Supreme Court, Justice Esquivel is devoted to improving the lives and futures of millions. She specializes in human rights, gender equality, and the rights of minorities. She has led a crusade against the violence being carried out against women all over the world, and her presentation to TASIS seniors—delivered in Spanish and translated by her son Jose (a junior at TASIS)—centered on the pressing global issue that she called the “other pandemic.”
“Be the generation that changes the history of the world. It is in your hands."
Entitled “Violence Against Women: A Global Vision,” Justice Equivel’s address proceeded from the notion that violence against women has been a burden on humanity for centuries and knows no borders. Even as this pox on mankind has gained greater attention, its frequency has increased—especially since the pandemic began. Justice Esquivel meticulously demonstrated this troubling reality by sharing extensive and widespread survey results, driving home the point that, despite whatever progress we believe has been made, women are still subject to horrible mistreatment all over the world.
Justice Esquivel closed by asking students to reflect upon the mountain of data she shared with them and think about what their generation can do to reverse this heartbreaking trend. “This is the reality that shakes the world today,” she said. “Be the generation that changes the history of the world. It is in your hands.”
TASIS Speaker Series
The TASIS Speaker Series (TSS), formerly known as the Senior Humanities Program (SHP) and renamed in 2018 to more accurately reflect its present purpose, draws from five fundamental elements of the TASIS identity—truth, goodness, beauty, international understanding, and humanitarian action—to provide TASIS students with a signature educational experience.
Chaired by Dr. Christopher Love, the TSS Committee selects four speakers each year who embody the pillars of the program—with priority given to speakers who fulfill those virtues in some capacity. The Committee strives for a variety of voices, backgrounds, and professions represented in each year’s group but ultimately selects speakers on the basis of their ability to enhance the intellectual and moral experience of the outgoing seniors and the community as a whole. Preceding Justice Esquivel in the 2020–2021 lineup were scholar Anna Kraczyna and author John Hooper, who delivered an address on the significance of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio on October 14, and local entrepreneurs Enrique Sanz and Mara Bertelli Sanz, who on November 16 discussed how they have spent the past decade working tirelessly to change Lugano's culture and ethos.
The influential program was initially made possible by a CHF 100,000 donation from TASIS parents Michael and Jane Grindfors to The M. Crist Fleming Endowment for International Understanding and Leadership in 2008. It remains an integral part of a TASIS education thanks to ongoing support from the TASIS Board of Directors and the excellent behind-the-scenes work done by a dedicated group of students and faculty members.