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Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, Interm Director

Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes has been appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville as of August 1, 2014. Professor Trucios-Haynes is a Professor of Law at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and a nationally recognized scholar in immigration law.

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Ashleigh Hazley, Assistant Director

A twice alumna of the University of Louisville, Ashleigh possesses a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Education in College Student Personnel. She makes her way back to the Cardinal family from Bellarmine University’s Career Development Center where she was a member of the Career Education team as a Career Advisor. Prior to her time at Bellarmine, Ashleigh worked at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the Education and Community Engagement Department. There she supported the Accelerating Academic Success Program, as well as coordinated and facilitated an inaugural Student-Athlete Engagement Program. In addition to work-related activities, Ashleigh also co-teaches a graduate-level course on Multicultural Issues at the University of Louisville and sits on both the UofL Pride (LGBTQ+) Alumni Council and the Alumni Association's Board of Directors. She also is a coach for the Cities United Roadmap Young Fellows Program. 


LaJa Hurt, Program Assistant Sr.  

LaJa (Lay-Juh) Hurt is the new Program Assistant Senior, for the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice.  LaJa has lived in Louisville her entire life; and she is a proud mother of five beautiful children.  She has taken time off from school to work full time but with this new position she will be able to purse furthering her education to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree. She previously worked as a temp alongside the Chief of Staff for the Dean at the School of Medicine.  It was there that she realized that she wanted to become an official part of this University.  She is eager to learn all about the Muhammad Ali Institute and what it has to offer, while doing her part to ensure that the Institite thrives.  When she is not working, LaJa loves spending ALL her time with her kids.  We love sports and traveling, most of her weekends are spent attending games.