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March 31, 2022 

  • César Chávez Day of Service Spring 2022 Recap

    Over 200 CSUSM and MCC student volunteered for the 2022 César Chávez Day of Service held on Thursday, March 31, César Chávez's birthday. Students, staff, and faculty members volunteered at a variety of hands-on projects at community partner sites across north county and in Temecula valley. After two years of virtual days of service, this year's return to the community was a great turnout of CSUSM and MCC's campus committments to serving the community!

    "North County Colleges Mark César Chávez Day with Service" - KPBS 

    KPBS's Tania Thorne shadowed Day of Service volunteers as they returned to collectively serve north county communities through hands-on projects. She produced the video and this article overview of the event.

    Group photo of Cesar Chavez Day of Service volunteers on steps

  • La Lucha Sigue: César Chávez and the Spirit of Solidarity
    Virtual Panel Discussion
    Wednesday, May 30, 2022 at 6:00 PM

    Panelists for the discussion were Victoria Wong (UFW Salinas and UC Berkely Third World Liberation Front) and Julio Somos One Magaña  (Poet, Lyricist, Educator from Delano, CA). CSUSM Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, Dr. Marcelo Garzo Montalvo, will moderate the discussion. 

    • Meet Victoria "Vicci" Wong

      Vicci Wong grew up working in the fields of Salinas, CA--"the Salad Bowl of the World."  When she was 12, she applied to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Atlanta, GA as she wanted to join the Freedom Fighters down South in their more militant civil rights struggle.  They wrote back (no internet or social media then) and told her she was too young, but sent her fliers and stickers to start what they called a "baby" or "junior" SNCC chapter in Salinas, which she did.  Along with her co-onion-bunching-worker friend, Lillian Fabros Bando, she then founded the Salinas chapter of the United Farm Workers union.  Throughout her junior high and high school years, she was also active in the antiwar and draft resisters movement, forming Salinas Vietnam Summer, and campaigned for peace and freedom candidates even though she was too young to vote. 

      Excited by the 1964 Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley, Vicci only applied there for college and was lucky to get accepted on a partial scholarship and grants. One night in May 1968, her life in-between a Black and White world was liberated when she became part of the Founding 6 of the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) in a small apartment at 2005 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA. Vicci then went on to co-found the first Asian American publication, the AAPA Newsletter. Through AAPA she co-founded the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) that led the Third World Strike at UC Berkeley for the entire Winter Quarter 1969, which established the Ethnic Studies Dept, including Asian American Studies.  

      After college Vicci lived in SF Chinatown, and organized garment, restaurant, clerical, electrical, and other workers and immigrants. She worked with the Asian Community Center and the International Hotel in Manilatown. She was elected Manager of the Chinatown Co-op--the first garment workers-owned cooperative in the world; and was an editor and reporter for various publications, including the bilingual Wei Min Bao, Pacific Imperialism Notebookand Pacific Basin Reportswhich published my booklet, The Global Struggle for Oil.  Vicci also co-authored What Have Women Done?Chinese Working People in America: A Pictorial History; and Stand Up: An Archive Collection of the Bay Area Asian American Movement 1968-1974.

    • Meet Julio "Somos One" Magaña-Saludado
      Julio Magaña-Saludado MEd. — aka SOMOS ONE— is a Poet Rapper (co-founder of Chicanx Rap Collective BRWN BFLO) , Lifelong MS/HS educator and culture worker/community builder. He is grandson and third son to Original UFW Strikers and Organizers. Somos One (Wan Kenobi) comes from a long line of well read Mariachi Singers and Union trades people who used music to share unsung community stories and embolden their audience to believe in themselves and the power of community.


  • Day of Service Keynote Speaker - Oscar Caralimpio' 15
    Thursday, March 31 at 8:00 AM
    USU Ballroom Call to Action Discussion

    Oscar Caralampio is a 30 year husband, father, teacher and school board member. He was born in an indigenous village in Guatemala and came to the United States in 1995. Oscar was a farm worker by the age of 8 and worked in the fields until 2006. As a CSUSM student, Oscar volunteered at a local  Boys and Girls Club. Currently, he is an Innovation Lab Teacher (STEM/TOSA teacher) at a bilingual school in Fallbrook Elementary.  Oscar is also in his second year as a school board member for the  Fallbrook Union High School District.

    He has two beautiful kids and a wife who is a school counselor. Oscar's passion is serving his community through the educational pathway. CCDoS volunteers heared from Oscar at the start of the 2022 César Chávez Day of Service.

  • CSUSM Main Campus Sites

    Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation - "Hubbs Trail Erosion Prevention"  Assist in building a fence along the border of our Hubbs trail. Install sandbags to prevent landslides down the bluffs and remove invasive plants and trash. Assist in habitat restoration by planting native, drought-resistant plants.

    Produce Good - "Pick Food Justice!" Help fight food insecurity by picking oranges from the orchard to donate to local food banks.

    San Pasqual Academy Dragon Organics - "Serenity Garden Clean Up" Weeding the garden at the Academy that serves as a quiet area for students, staff, faculty, and grandparents. Assist with getting the area ready for the planting of wildflowers and herbs.

    Boys and Girls Club of Vista - "Together All Things Are Possible"  Assemble "literacy kits" for children that included flashcards and books. Paint club mural, clean up and organize youth community spaces.

    Botanical Community Development Initiatives -“Food Justice Through Farming” Learn about how community can come together through access to green space and growing food together.  We will have projects for people of all abilities from prepping garden beds, sorting seeds, painting, and working in the plant nursery.

    CSU San Marcos Sustainable Food Project Garden and Pollinator Garden - Farm projects related to weeding and create planting beds and other garden related activities. [ACCESSIBLE SITE]

  • CSUSM Temecula Campus Site

    Habitat for Humanity – Inland Valley (Temecula) “Making Garden Boxes out of Recycled Materials” Disassemble recycled material to make sellable, low-cost garden boxes for personalized gardens. The garden boxes will be made in two sizes for home or apartment use. Proceeds from the sale of the boxes will support housing programs at Habitat for Humanity. 

March 31, 2021 |  Virtual Day of Service Event

March 31, 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19)

April 1, 2019

March 30, 2018

  • CSUSM Main Campus Sites
    • “Dragon Organics Farm" San Pasqual Academy
    • “Nourishing Community Through Urban Farming” Community Roots Farm
    • “Grounds Beautification” Ivey Ranch Park Association
    • “Pick Food Justice!” ProduceGood
    • “Luiseño Learning Garden at Heritage Park” San Marcos Historical Society
    • “5th Grade Student Environmental Mural” Richland Elementary
    • “Cesar Chavez Mural” Muramid Mural Museum & Art Center (Project Located On Campus)
    • “Village Spring Clean” Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad
    • “Helping those in Need One Sale at a Time” Brother Benno’s Thrift Shop
    • Sustainable Food Project Garden (Project Located On Campus)
  • CSUSM Temecula Campus Site
    • “Gardening Center” Boys & Girls Club of Pechanga Great Oak
    • "Paint a Home" Habitat for Humanity
  • 2018 Picture Archives


Cesar Chavez Day of Service 2017 - Thank You

March 31, 2017

 March 31, 2016 

Thank you

2014 - The Inaugural Day of Service Video Recap