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    Dolores Huerta Honorary Degree Conferral Open to the Public

    Oct 18, 2010

    A ceremony that honors Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, with an honorary degree will be open to the public.

    Huerta will receive the degree from University of the Pacific at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. After the degree ceremony, Huerta's official portrait for the Architects of Peace project will be unveiled for display at Pacific.

    "Dolores Huerta is a civil rights champion who is dedicated to improving the lives of others," said President Pam Eibeck. "Her leadership, determination and compassion exemplify Pacific's values and provide our students with a model of engaged citizenship."

    Pacific will confer the degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa, in an honorary degree ceremony. After the degree ceremony, Huerta's official portrait for the Architects of Peace project will be displayed at a reception at Grace Covell Hall. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the degree ceremony and reception.

    Dolores Huerta is perhaps the most prominent Latina labor leader in the United States. She has advocated on behalf of migrant farm workers, immigrants, the poor and women for nearly half a century. Huerta, who spent most of her childhood in Stockton, rose to national prominence after co-founding the United Farm Workers (UFW) with César Chávez and launching the 1965 Delano Grape Strike, which grew into a national boycott and led to groundbreaking legislation in California.

    She currently serves as vice president emeritus of UFW and is the founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which focuses on developing indigenous leadership and helping communities organize and address economic disparities in housing, education, health and employment. Huerta was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.

    Huerta has also been named an "Architect of Peace" by the Architects of Peace Foundation, which has photographed many of the world's greatest peacemakers and commissioned from each a personal statement about peace. The College of the Pacific is establishing a permanent gallery of 25 photographs from the Architects of Peace collection in the Wendell Phillips Center. In addition to Dolores Huerta, Pacific's collection will include alumni Sakena Yacoobi '77 and Dave Brubeck '42. Pacific is one of only six locations in the United States that will host a permanent "Architects of Peace" exhibition.