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UC San Diego's César E. Chávez Celebration

Read about UC San Diego events honoring César E. Chávez.

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In celebration of the life and achievements of César E. Chávez and in conjunction with the California State holiday, UC San Diego presents a month-long series of events.

2018 Events

Events are subject to change, check this page regularly for updates.


UC San Diego Observes the César E. Chávez Holiday | Friday, March 30, 2018

César E. Chávez (born César Estrada Chávez, March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW). President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 as César E. Chávez Day in the United States, with Americans being urged to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor César E. Chávez's enduring legacy of nonviolent social change and service to others. Although March 30th is not a federal holiday, California observes César E. Chávez Day by closing schools and state offices.


Immigrant Health & Social Justice | Free

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Medical Education Telemedicine MET 141 

Please join the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and our guests from Border Angels and the Border Health Project to discuss the trials and tribulations faced by immigrants and interventions in place to support them.   

RSVP: k2garcia@ucsd.edu


John Muir College 50th Anniversary Committee Presents: Dolores Film Screening and Discussion. Hosted by Leslie Quintanilla and Elizabeth Ramos | Free

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Middle of Muir 

As part of the Muir College 50th Anniversary Celebration we invite you to join us for the documentary film screening of Dolores, a powerful film that opens a window into the life and humbling legacy of renowned labor activist and organizer Dolores Huerta.

Among the most important activists in US history, Dolores Huerta's enormous contributions to racial and labor justice alongside more renowned activists such as César E. Chávez and Phillip Vera Cruz have gone largely unrecognized. Huerta's fight for racial, gender, and environmental justice continues today as she approaches her 90s. Directed by Peter Bratt, the film delves into the rich history of the farm workers movement while painting an honest and intimate portrait of the sacrifice such monumental commitment to change demanded of Huerta and her loved ones.

Dolores Trailer

RSVP for Dolores

Contact: agiangregorio@ucsd.edu, (858) 534-7127


John Muir College 50th Anniversary Committee Presents: Plática with Dolores, An intergenerational dialogue about environmental justice and activism. Hosted by AS President, Lesly Figueroa | Free

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Great Hall 

While many people have heard the phrase “Sí, se puede” or are acquainted with the history of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) or United Farm Workers (UFW), most do not know these were direct results of the organizing and activist efforts of Dolores Huerta. Her legacy is an integral part of the history of American social justice movements, and, as we continue to struggle against racial, gender, and environmental oppressions, her achievements provide inspiration for current and future generations working toward a more socially just and healthy world. 

As part of the year-long Muir College 50th Anniversary Celebration, renowned civil rights and labor activist Dolores Huerta will dialogue with Lesly Figueroa, current UC San Diego AS president. Huerta will share her life experiences and wisdom centered on themes of environmental justice, gender, organizing and activism.

RSVP for Plática with Dolores

Contact: agiangregorio@ucsd.edu, (858) 534-7127


Warren College Movie Night | Free

Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Price Center West, Warren College Room 

Join the Warren Organization on the Cultural Experience for a showing of Walkout, an HBO film based on a true story of the 1968 East L.A. walkouts. Free food will be provided. 

Contact: movaldez@ucsd.edu, (858) 534-1722


César E. Chávez Celebration Kickoff Luncheon and Awards Ceremony | Tickets for sale

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Price Center West Ballrooms A and B 

UC San Diego’s opening event includes awards honoring individuals that uphold the legacy of César E. Chávez by serving the community and advocating for the rights of the voiceless and underserved.  Featuring keynote speaker Mayra Rodriguez, UC San Diego alumna and Recreational Assistant at the San Diego Center for Children. This year’s theme United, Resistant, and Unafraid! is inspired by the Chávez quote, “You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.”

Ticket information: psbarajas@ucsd.edu

Table Sponsorship (seats-8): cesarchavezcelebrate@ucsd.edu

Event Contact info: magaribay@ucsd.edu, (858) 534-1722


César E. Chávez Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Award

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Price Center West Ballroom A & B 

The César E. Chávez Planning Committee is happy to present the 4th Annual UC San Diego Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Award. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of César’s core values at UC San Diego and abroad. 

Winners will receive monetary prizes and recognition in UC San Diego media publications. Prize recipients will be asked to attend the César E. Chávez Celebration Kickoff Luncheon on Friday, April, 6th at 11:30 a.m. in the Price Center West Ballroom A&B. 

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, March 27, 2018 to cesarchavezcelebrate@ucsd.edu. All materials submitted become the property of the César E. Chávez Planning Committee and will not be returned to the applicant. A panel of UC San Diego volunteer judges will select the winners. Essay Contest recipients will be notified by April 2nd. 

If you have any questions, contact cesarchavezcelebrate@ucsd.edu


Chicana Artivistas: East LA Trenches, Transborder Tactics – Agonistic Harmony & Transformation | Free with registration

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Cross-Cultural Center 

This talk will explore efforts involving two of the songs: “Estoy Aqui” and “Coyote Hustle” from Martha Gonzalez’s band Quetzal. In both cases the community engaged in what Martha calls “agonistic harmony.” That is to say, the ideas and theory embedded in the songs were debated and explored by community, which, eventually led to critical action. Importantly, “Coyote Hustle” and “Estoy Aqui” lyrics or ideas allowed subjects to dream beyond them in order to decipher a social riddle towards creating new meaning that undoubtedly induced social and ideological transformation – transformation that has since led to tangible community action. 

This lecture will feature guest speaker Martha Gonzalez, Artivista and Assistant Professor at Scripps/Claremont College. Light refreshments will be provided.

This special lecture and discussion is hosted by the Institute of Arts & Humanities (IAH) in partnership with the Chicana/o~Latina/o Arts & Humanities (CLAH) Program.

RSVP for Chicana Artivistas

Contact: b7chavez@ucsd.edu


Screening of Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers | Free

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Raza Resource Centro - Library Lounge 

Documentary showcasing the participation of the Filipinx community in the creation of the United Farm Workers' Movement. 

Contact: b7chavez@ucsd.edu


Border Tour + Chicano Park Day Trip | Free with registration (limited spots available)

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Border Field State Park and Chicano Park 

Join Pedro Rios, Director of the U.S./México Border Program of the American Friends Service Committee to learn more about Friendship Park (Border Field State Park). Learn the history of this part of the border wall and its impacts on the San Diego region. After the tour, we’ll be stopping by the 48th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration. 

RSVP for the border tour

Contact: casp@ucsd.edu, (858) 534-8366


48th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration - 'Chicano Park: El Corazón de Aztlán' | Free and open to the public

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Chicano Park, Barrio Logan 

The annual celebration will be held in historic Chicano Park, located in the Logan Heights community, south of downtown San Diego under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. This free, family event will include traditional music and dance including one of the largest groups of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca. The day will be filled with performances by ballet folklórico groups and numerous live bands, lowrider car show coordinated by Amigos Car Club, vendor booths, art workshop for children of all ages, and speakers. 

Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding mural paintings of the past and present struggles of Mexican and Chicano history. The Park was recognized as a San Diego Cultural Resource by the San Diego Historical Society in 1980. In addition, Chicano Park has been listed on the California Register of Historical Resources since 1997, on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in December 2016. 

Contact: http://chicano-park.com/


United Farm Workers: Coalition and Conflict | Free

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cross-Cultural Center 

Presentation of past interethnic coalitions and challenges within the United Farm Workers (UFW) movement and farm worker practices of today. Light refreshments provided. 

Contact: Marianne Delatorre, mfdelato@ucsd.edu


Film Screening: Chicano Legacy | Free

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Geisel Library, Seuss Room 

Join us to view this short documentary on the power of students to make change. The Chicano Legacy Mural was commissioned at UC San Diego in 2011 as a response to racist incidents on campus. The film explores how the first ever permanent, minority inspired public artwork on campus has inspired students and its impact on campus life. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers and folks featured in the film. 

Contact: Gayatri Singh, gasingh@ucsd.edu

Chicano Legacy event page


Chilenas in the Diaspora: Culture, Resistance, and Hope | Free

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Price Center West, Marshall College Room 

During the military dictatorship of Chile (1973-90), over one million Chileans fled the country to escape political repression and economic crises. This event centers Chilean women who came to the United States during this time. Liliana Wilson was born in Valparaíso and migrated to the United States in 1977. Her early paintings sought to process the trauma she had witnessed in Chile, particularly the dramatic political changes and human rights violations initiated by the dictatorship. In addition, the images in this presentation will represent immigrants and refugees transitioning into unknown worlds. Occupying liminal spaces, they are portrayed en un viaje, a journey of integration toward wholeness and arriving in new contextual spaces they can call home. A book on her work called Ofrenda was published by Texas A & M Press in 2015. Edited by Norma Cantu, it is a collection of writings on Liliana’s work by Gloria Anzaldua and others.

Cecilia Ubilla came to California in 1974, where she played a central role in the transnational Chilean solidarity movement that sought to end the dictatorship in Chile. Her activism involved receiving, exhibiting, and selling arpilleras, pieces of patchwork tapestry created by women living under Pinochet’s extreme political repression. Cecilia sent they money back to the arpilleristas, funds that they used to help locate loved ones disappeared by the military. Cecilia will exhibit arpilleras and discuss her important work as a U.S.-based chilena in the solidarity movement.

This event is co-sponsored by the Raza Graduate Student Association, The Institute of the Arts and Humanities, and Chicana/o Latina/o Arts and Humanities, the Latin American Studies program, the Visual Arts Department, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Contact: cgavin@ucsd.edu, Raza Graduate Student Organization


Movement, Migration, and Mobilization | Free

Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cross-Cultural Center 

Discussion of practices impacting undocumented communities, families, and activism. 

Contact: Maria Alonso, mdalonso@ucsd.edu


Poetry & Resistance with Mare Advertencia Lirika | Free

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Location: TBD 

Mare is a Zapotec, feminist hip-hop rapper, and activist born in Oaxaca. Her music brings attention to social injustices in Oaxaca and Mexico as a whole, incorporating the experiences of indigenous communities, working-class people, women, and her own process of resistance. Mare uses her music to empower and ignite consciousness as a tool for social change. This workshop will be interactive, in Spanish and English, and have participants engage in the creative process of poetry and rap. 

Contact: crea.sd17@gmail.com, Conciencia Rebelde en Accion Student Organization 

This event is sponsored by CLAH, Ethnic Studies, Institute of Arts & Humanities, Triton Community Fund and the Literature Department.


Raza Awareness Week | Free 

Date: Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 11
Time: All Day
Location: Price Center, various locations 

A week-long series of events on behalf of students interested in highlighting social justice, cultural heritage and contemporary Latinx issues.


César E. Chávez celebration sponsors

César E. Chávez Planning Committee | Office of the Chancellor | Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion | Chicano/Latino | Staff Association | Office of Student Affairs | Office of Resource Management & Planning | Council of Provosts | Housing, Dining, Hospitality & Coke | University Communication and Public Affairs | University Centers and a special thanks to Armando Abundis art director and Lauren Filzenger illustrator.

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