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UC San Diego's César E. Chávez Celebration

Read about UCSD 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 an annual series of events.

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

2016 César E. Chávez Calendar Las Mañanitas Breakfast

Friday, March 25 | 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. | San Diego Convention Center

Breakfast honoring the life and work of Marshall Ganz and his lifelong efforts fighting for working families, racial and economic equity, and the proliferation of the middle class. Come to support the work of the Cesar Chavez Clubs and learn about our amazing young Chavistas, student leaders preparing for successful futures.

Contact: Linda.ChavezClubs@cox.net

César E. Chávez Commemoration Community Breakfast

Thursday, March 31 | 7:30 a.m. (doors open at 6:30 a.m.) | Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Join the San Diego César E. Chávez Commemoration Committee at their annual community breakfast honoring the legacy of César E. Chávez.

More information: sdchavez.org

César E. Chávez Celebration Kickoff Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Monday, April 4 | 11:30 a.m. | Price Center Ballroom AB

UC San Diego’s opening event includes awards honoring individuals for furthering César E. Chávez’s ideals in their communities including this year’s UCSD undergraduate essay contest winners. Featuring keynote speaker Carlos and Linda LeGerrette, Directors of César Chávez Service Clubs. Tickets $13.00. Proceeds benefit MEChA’s Raza Graduation.

Contact: psbarajas@ucsd.edu

Intimate Conversation with Linda & Carlos Legerrette

Monday, April 4 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Cross Cultural Center, Library

Join us for an intimate charla with Linda & Carlos LeGerrette as they share their personal experiences working with Cesar Chavez and the UFW in the San Diego chapter and what motivated them to start the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs.

Contact: hsalazar@ucsd.edu

John Leguizamo Book Signing: Accomplished Latino Actor/ Author

Monday, April 4, 2016 | Author Event - Book Signing and Discussion, 2 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | UCSD Bookstore

Actor, comedian, and writer John Leguizamo discusses his newest masterpiece, Ghetto Klown! In Ghetto Klown, celebrated performer John Leguizamo lays bare his early years in blue-collar Queens, his salvation through acting and writing, and his colorful career trajectory. In this candid graphic novel memoir, Leguizamo offers a strong message of moving beyond self-doubt—and beyond the doubters—to claim some happiness.

More information on the UCSD Bookstore's Facebook and Twitter pages.

John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies

April 5-17, 2016 | Showtimes vary: 2, 7:30 And 8 P.M. | Weiss Theater, La Jolla Playhouse

Class is in session with John Leguizamo’s new one-man show. John delivers rapid-fire laughs in his biting and comic take on 500 years of Latin History spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II. Tackling the contributions of Latinos left out of the history books. Tickets start at $29.

Contact: LaJollaPlayhouse.org

Roots in the Sand Film Screening

Wednesday, April 6 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Seuss Room, Geisel Library

Join us for a screening of Roots in the Sand. This documentary is a multi-generational portrait of pioneering Punjabi-Mexican families who settled a century ago, in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. Hosted by the Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Contact: cgarciaspitz@ucsd.edu

Dreamers to Doctors

Friday, April 8 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Garren Auditorium, School of Medicine

The event will explore the pathways that DACA students (“dreamers”) take in their pursuit of higher education, and in particular, medical school. We will play a short documentary followed by a panel with the Dean of Diversity at UCSD SOM, a current dreamer medical student at UC Irvine, a current undergrad dreamer at UCSD, and more.

Contact: M9carden@ucsd.edu

Afternoon of Artivism: Art and Artivism in the United Farm Workers Movement

Tuesday, April 12 | 4:00 p.m. | Raza Resource Centro

We will be exploring the intersections between art and activism, in the historical and contemporary contexts and how it pertains to the Chican@ and Latin@ community on a local, regional, and national level. Guests interested in attending will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and also will be able to design art of their own at our Jardín de Arte following the Afternoons of Artivism. No art experience is needed.\

Contact: achavezj@ucsd.edu

46th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration

Saturday, April 23 | All Day | Chicano Park, Barrio Logan

Be a part of communities coming together! Experience traditional music, dance, live bands, food, and arts and craft vendors in the historic Barrio Logan Community.

More information: chicano-park.com

Charging Your Activism: Lifelong Projects for Social Change in the Latino/a Community

Monday, April 25 | 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Raza Resource Centro

Dr. Armando Arias, who graduated from Lamumba-Zapata College, will speak about how his experiences at UCSD shaped his career trajectory and social justice work. Some of the themes Dr. Arias will cover include early days at UCSD, service learning, Chicanismo, and the importance of keeping Cesar’s spirit alive.

Contact: gearellano@ucsd.edu

“César Chávez” Free Movie Screening

Monday, April 25 | Doors open 4:30 p.m. | The Loft

“César Chávez” is a 2014 American biopic film produced and directed by Diego Luna about the life of American labor leader César Chávez, who cofounded the United Farm Workers. The film stars Michael Peña as Chavez. John Malkovich co-stars as the owner of a large industrial grape farm who leads the opposition.

Contact: darlene@ucsd.edu

Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceañeras: Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities

Tuesday, May 3 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Cross Cultural Center

Dr. Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez examines the meaning of these coming-of-age rituals for immigrant American families. Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceañeras draws parallels between these communal ceremonies, as they each share a commonality in Spanish heritage and Catholicism and include a highly ritualized party. Rodriguez analyzes these rites and festivities to explain what they reveal about the individuals, families, and communities who organize and participate in them.

Contact: nmagpusao@ucsd.edu

Raza Awareness Week

May 2–6 | All Day

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

Contact: elizabethuribeh@gmail.com

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