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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 birthday, 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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[CANCELLED] 2020 César Chávez Day of Service

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

The health and safety of our community are our highest priorities. Therefore, the César Chávez Day of Service planning committee has made the difficult decision to cancel CSUSM’s 2020 César Chávez Day of Service. 
While we believe that the risks of individual infection by the COVID-19 virus remain low, we also agree with guidance from health agencies that convening large groups of otherwise healthy people could increase the potential for infections of vulnerable populations, away from the event itself.

Therefore, we have cancelled this year's 2020 César Chávez Day of Service.

Receive Updates on the 2021 Day of Service Event

Complete this form to receive information about the upcoming annual day of service event at CSU San Marcos honoring the legacy of César Chávez.

As the date nears, the Office of Civic Learning will send out informational emails regarding the date of the 2021 César Chávez Day of Service event, information sessions, Peer Leader recruitment, volunteer registration, and community partner call for proposals announcement.

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