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César Chávez Day of Service

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Each year, the campus community is invited to take part in the day of service to honor the life and legacy of civil rights activist César Chávez.He was the 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. Learn about the story behind the César Chávez statue at CSUSM.

CSUSM’s César Chávez Day of Service typically takes place the day the campus observes César Chávez's birtday, March 31. His birthday is recognized as a state holiday and the campus is closed in observance of his legacy. However, if his birthday occurs during spring break, we observe the Day of Service the weekend before spring break. 2020 will mark the seventh year that CSUSM has held the César Chávez Day of Service.

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2020 César Chávez Day of Service

Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Day of Service Student Registration

Hailing Cesar  Documentary Film Screening and Discussion


Tuesday, March 3 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM | USU Ballroom’s B & D | No rsvp 

The 2020 César Chávez Day of Service Committee welcomes the grandson of César Chávez to screen his documentary, Hailing César. The film is about Eduardo Chávez’s journey to understand the legacy and struggle of the famous civil rights activist. The film includes animation, interviews, archival and current footage and music by Macklemore and other artists. Following the screening there will be a discussion with Eduardo Chávez.

Light refreshments will be provided. No RSVP needed. 

Registration for the Day of Service is not required to attend the film screening.

Email with any accommodation requests, questions about either event and/or concerns.

This documentary is brought to campus in collaboration with the Dean of Students (DOS), The Alliance, the Office of Service Learning and Internships (SLI), National Latino Research Center (NLRC), College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), the History department and Pathways to Academic Success and Opportunities (PASO).


2020 Day of Service Committee Members

  • Rochelle Smarr, Office of Civic Learning, Co-Chair
  • Floyd Lai, Cross Cultural Center , Co-Chair
  • Lisa Dickinson, University Student Union
  • Dr. Renzo Lara, Latin@ Center
  • Ariel Stevenson, Office of Inclusive Excellence
  • Kalie Sabajo, Associated Students Incorporated
  • Rene Galindo, Housing and Residential Education
  • Maritza Baida, CSUSM Temecula
  • Elizabeth Ericksen, CSUSM Temecula

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For questions, please contact Civic Learning at