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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.

2019 Events

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

UC San Diego Observes the César E. Chávez Holiday | Friday, March 29, 2019

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.

Chicano Latino Staff Association Celebrates César E. Chávez Legacy | FREE WITH REGISTRATION

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Multipurpose Student Services Center

Chicano Latino Staff Association (C/LSA) will host an event to commemorate the life and work of César E. Chávez. As a staff association striving for an inclusive community, this evening event brings an opportunity for night shift workers to truly be part of the community and participate in the activities that celebrate the legacy of Chávez. Keynote speaker Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, Mayor of National City.

RSVP: Susana Barajas chicano-latinostaff@ucsd.edu 

César E. Chávez Celebration Kickoff Luncheon and Awards Ceremony | TICKETS FOR SALE

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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: Andres P. Chavez, the youngest son of Socorro and Paul Chavez, Cesar Chavez's middle son. This year’s theme United, Resistant, and Unafraid: Building Bridges, Breaking Down Walls, is inspired by a Chávez quote. 

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

Ticket Information and event contact: Mario Garibay, magaribay@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-1722

Screening of “East LA Interchange”  | FREE

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Revelle Conference Room

The documentary focuses on Boyle Heights, one of the oldest, immigrant neighborhoods in California, and how it has endured racial, government policies and environmental hazards.

Contact: Brenda Chavez, b7chavez@ucsd.edu

Warren College Movie Night | FREE

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Warren Courtroom

Join the Warren Organization on the Cultural Experience (WOCE) for a showing of Roma, three Oscars winning film based on a true story. The movie is based on the childhood of the director Alfonso Cuaron while living in Mexico City in the 70’s and about the life of an indigenous domestic worker who played the role of raising him, a caretaker. We believe that this offers a spotlight for our students that can relate to such experiences and know there is appreciation that can be found in recognizing our roots and pasts. This will enrich the culture of the environment for all of our students and their experience here at UC San Diego.

Contact: Paul Martinez, pam015@ucsd.edu 

César E. Chávez Undergraduate Student Essay Contest Award

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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 5th 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. All recipients will be asked to attend the César E. Chávez Celebration Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, April 9th at 11:30 a.m. in the Price Center West Ballroom.

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

Muir College True Talks: Environmental Justice Panel | FREE

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Location: Mariposa Muir, Muir College

A panel featuring organizers and activists who are addressing local and hemispheric environmental justice issues affecting Indegenous Latinx communities.  

Contact: K. Wayne Yang, kwayne@ucsd.edu

Raza Awareness Week | FREE

Date: Monday, April 15- Friday April 19, 2019
A week-long series of events on behalf of students interested in highlighting social justice, cultural heritage and contemporary Latinx issues.

Chicanx/Latinx Organization Fair
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Library Walk

Alumni Panel
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
Location: Stageroom

Mujer Appreciation Dinner
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Location: Price Center, Forum Room

Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) High School Conference
Date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Price Center, East Ballroom

For information on Raza Awareness Week Events contact: Raquel Lara, rzlara@ucsd.edu 

Art, Power and the Radical Imagination, ft. Favianna Rodriguez | FREE - RSVP online

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Loft, Price Center

The UC San Diego Institute of the Arts and Humanities (IAH) invites you to attend an exciting talk and discussion as part of the Community, Arts and Resistance Event series.  This event will feature Favianna Rodriguez, an interdisciplinary artist, organizer, and political activist, who serves as Executive Director of Culture Strike.  Favianna will discuss her artistic practice and how art can inspire, educate, spur the imagination and support social justice movements.  The talk will conclude with an audience Q&A session.  Light refreshments will be provided. Event is open to students, faculty and staff and local community.

Space is limited - please RSVP at https://faviannaucsd.eventbrite.com 


Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Chicano Park, Barrio Logan
RSVP: Eventbrite registration

UCSD students can explore San Diego's Barrio Logan and the 49th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration. Students that rsvp will be bused to Barrio Logan to enjoy Chicano Park Day and experience traditional music, dance and foods from local vendors.  The day will be filled with performances by ballet folklorico groups, live bands, car show coordinated by Amigos Car Club, art workshops and speakers.   

Contact: Justin Glover, jdglover@ucsd.edu 

49th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration: ‘Danzantes, Protectors of Our Traditions and Chicano Park, 500 Years of Anti-Colonial Struggle.’ | FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
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 performances by Ballet Folklorico CaliAztlán, Ballet Folklorico Aztlán de CSUN, La Rondalla Amerindía de Aztlán, Mujeres en Resistencia, DJ Rambo One, Chocolate Revolution, Santana para Ti, Tall Can, Ruby Clouds, Karina Frost & The Banduvioons, Gilberto Rodriguez & Los Intocables, Quetzalcoatl Band, DJ Viejo Lowbo, and Pancho Villa’s Skull. In addition there will be kids arts workshops, classic lowrider cars and bikes on display and various food vendors, crafts & arts and informational booths throughout the park.

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/

Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative | FREE - RSVP is required

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Location: Great Hall, ERC
Parking available at Pangea Parking Structure
RSVP: https://ucsd.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9M6FxhPmDeS8JAV

Led by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative is a unique opportunity to collaborate across campus to improve access and inclusive excellence for Latinx/Chicanx students, staff, and faculty.  At the heart of the initiative is the desire to transform our institution by attracting, retaining, and supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and student body with the goal of reflecting California's dmeographics and achieving institutional excellence. 

A campus-wide meeting will be held where Chancellor Khosla, EVC Simmons, and VC Petitt will speak about the Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative designed to ensure that California's fastest growing student population continues to feel welcome, are supported, and able to thrive at UC San Diego.  Two hours of administrative leave with pay have been approved for employees who attend this event.  Supervisors, upon request, may approve the use of such leave when the absense does not infringe upon the performance of required job duties or patient care.

For more information, please contact diversity@ucsd.edu | Website: http://diversity.ucsd.edu/ 

Tierra de Aguacates Art Reception | FREE

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cross-Cultural Center Art Space

Join us for an art reception highlighting Salvador Rodriguez’s work about culture and love for his native state of Michoacán.

Contact: Violeta Gonzalez, violetag@ucsd.edu

Panel Discussion Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era | FREE

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Reception: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Multipurpose Room

Chicanas feminists voices on organizing activism and leadership in the movement years; shared narratives on demonstrating how Chicanas enacted a new kind of politica at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Contact: Violeta Gonzales vigonzales@ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-9689

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 | Housing, Dining, Hospitality | Global Policy & Strategy | Counsil of Provost | Social Sciences Jacobs School of Engineering | University Centers and a special thanks to Armando Abundis art director.

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