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Remembering Cesar Chavez

The 20th Anniversary of the CSUSM César E. Chávez  Statue 

Remembering César: The History and Meaning of the Farmworkers Movement

Monday March 27| 6– 7:30pm |USU Ballroom A & C

The struggle to organize farmworkers and advocate for social change in a non-violent, peaceful manner was César Chávez’s greatest achievement.  Panelists will share about their involvement in the struggle, how they fought for farmworkers’ rights, and how César’s legacy lives on. Panelists include Johnny Itliong son of Larry Itliong a Filipino farmworker advocate; Leticia Maldonado Stamos, who began working with César in 1972, and is now a César Chávez Foundation board member; Silverio Haro, Chicano Studies at Palomar College and CSUSM General Education Learning Faculty; and Linda LeGerrette, Executive Director/CEO of César Chávez Service clubs, Inc.

*Limited Free Parking, 6th floor of parking structure

Diversity in Business Discussion Panel Hosted by Latino Business Student Association

Tuesday March 28| 12:00– 12:50pm |Mark 101

Remembering César: Memory and Identity in Our Campus Culture

Tuesday March 28| 4:30– 6:00pm |Kellogg 5400 Reading Room

The 1997 installation of a bronze statue of Cesar E. Chavez helped form campus culture at CSUSM, and it continues to have a significant impact today. What ideas motivated the university founders, and how did this relate to political, cultural, and social realities at that time? Why did faculty, staff, students, and community members want to build a monument commemorating Chavez at CSUSM? How have members of the campus community and the broader community reacted to the bronze statue of Chavez? What role does public art play on our campus? Reflecting on these questions informs our understanding of who we are today as a growing public university in North San Diego.

 Panelists: Carmen Nava, Professor, Department of History; Gerardo Gonzalez, Professor, Department of Psychology; David Avalos, Professor, School of the Arts

 *Reception immediately following 

    César’s Peaceful Revolution

Tuesday March 28| 7 – 8:30pm|Arts 111

TICKET PRICES: CSUSM Students: FREE Community: $10 Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5

César's Peaceful Revolution, directed and performed by Fernando Vega, is a one-person, one-act show that examines the life, struggles and legacy of activist César E. Chávez. This show focuses on Chávez's struggle to keep his movement non-violent and is based on public speeches and interviews. Vega will perform characters that inspired Chávez and his movement, including St. Francis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. The show explores intersections of race and cultural identity as well as the spirituality that informed César Chávez's struggle for justice.

*Includes post-show Q & A with the Artist

 Remembering César: Celebrating 20 years!

Wednesday March 29|6-8pm|USU Ballroom 

A celebration of the César Chávez 20th year anniversary of the naming of Chávez plaza and the statue installation. Guests, including CSUSM founding President Bill Stacy and members of the Chávez family, reflect on their experience with the Chávez project and celebrate the importance this outdoor art installation has had on CSUSM’s campus history and culture. Our keynote speaker is Cynthia Chávez Billings, granddaughter of César Chávez. Ms. Chávez Billings gave the keynote speech at the original unveiling of the statue twenty years ago at age 14. Performances by Ballet Folklórico de CSUSM and Ms. Patty Diaz and Ms. Naomi Tirado accompanied by Mr. Eduardo Garcia. 

   Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff

From The Mexican Revolution to Biological Revolutions: My Life in Science 

Thursday March 30|6-7:30pm|USU Ballroom 

TICKET PRICES: CSUSM Students: FREE Community: $12 Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $6

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff is a molecular biologist, an executive and a diversity advocate. She is the third Mexican-American woman in the U.S. to get a doctorate in science and was a key member of the team that showed for the first time that bacteria could be induced to produce insulin. Villa-Komaroff is one of six women scientists featured in the PBS series Discovering Women, one of 11 women scientists profiled on the White House Office of Science and Technology website and her work is the subject of a one-hour segment entitled DNA Detective. Villa-Komaroff is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), which received the National Science Board's Public Service Award for contributions (2002) and the national Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2004).

   CSUSM’s Annual César Chávez Day of Service

Friday March 31| 8am-2:30pm

Each year the campus community is invited to take part in this day of service to honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez. CSUSM’s César Chávez Day of Service will coincide with César Chávez Day, a state holiday held in remembrance of the late founder of the United Farm Workers Union and pioneer in the struggles for fair wages and humane working conditions for farm workers and their families. Chávez is revered as one of the greatest American civil rights leaders.

In The Executive's Chair: Irma Cota, President and CEO, North County Health Services

Tuesday April 4|10-11:50pm|Mark 125

As North County Health Services President and CEO since 1997, Irma Cota is an active member in the San Diego County community. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Managers for Integrated Health Partners, Secretary of the Board of Directors for Health Center Partners of Southern California, a board member of the North San Diego Economic Council, a board member for the Elizabeth Hospice, CSUSM University Council and the Palomar College President’s Circle.

Special thank you to all our sponsors who made the 20th anniversary possible:
American Democracy Project; Arts & Lectures; California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; Common Read; Community Engagement; Cross Cultural Center; Department of History; Department of Political Science; Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences (OTRES); Office of Diversity, Educational Equity and Inclusion & Ombuds, (ODEEIO); San Marcos Foundation; Student Life & Leadership; and University Student Union


César Chávez Curriculum Guide

Core Values of César Chávez

Education of the Heart-Quotes by César Chávez

Remembering César Chávez Teaching Tool Kit

SalSiPuedes- (sample prompts)

Viva La Causa/Teaching Tolerance- Teachers Guide 

Who Was César Chávez?

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