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    Labor Activist Dolores Huerta is Keynote Speaker for Pacific's Latino Heritage Month Celebration

    Sep 16, 2010

    Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of United Farm Workers, will be the keynote speaker for University of the Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration this year. The celebration coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, which started this week and runs through October 15. Huerta will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 on Pacific's Stockton campus in Grace Covell Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

    Perhaps the most prominent Latina labor leader in the United States, Huerta has advocated on behalf of migrant farm workers, immigrants, the poor and women for nearly half a century. After spending most of her childhood in Stockton, Huerta rose to national prominence after co-founding the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Cesar Chavez 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.

    "Over the course of Dolores Huerta's advocacy work on behalf of poor and immigrant communities, education has been at the core of her message of self-empowerment," said Ines Ruiz-Huston, Pacific's Latino/a Outreach Coordinator. "As an institution of higher education, we find that message just as relevant to our celebration as it is to those families who have been impacted by her efforts."

    Huerta is one of three speakers during Pacific's fifth annual Latino Heritage Month celebration. Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, Mexico's consulate general in Sacramento, and Venezuelan political leader Eduardo Fernandez will also give lectures. Other activities include Latin dance lessons, a showing of the film "La Mission (2009)" and roundtable discussions. Pacific also will hold a series of discussions and presentations on vital and controversial issues related to immigration throughout September and October.

    "Mexico and California: Together 200 Years"
    Fri., Sept. 17, 6 p.m. (reception starts at 5 p.m.)
    Raymond Great Hall, Pacific's Stockton Campus
    Free and open to the public

    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence (Sept. 16) and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution (Nov. 20), Pacific will hold a commemoration featuring keynote speaker Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, Mexico's consulate general in Sacramento.

    Showing of the film "La Mission"
    Thurs., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.
    Janet Leigh Theatre, Pacific's Stockton Campus
    Tickets are free for students; staff, faculty and alumni are $3; general admission is $5

    The critically acclaimed, independent film "La Mission (2009)," featuring actor Benjamin Bratt will be shown. The film is the winner of several awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress at the 25th annual Imagen Awards, which honors positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment.

    Lecture by Keynote Speaker Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers
    Wed., Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
    Grace Covell Hall, Pacific's Stockton Campus
    Free and open to the public

    Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of United Farm Workers, will give the keynote address of Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration. Perhaps the most prominent Latina labor leader in the United States, Huerta has advocated on behalf of migrant farm workers, immigrants, the poor and women for nearly half a century.

    Binational Center for the Development of the Indigenous Communities Panel
    Thurs., Sept. 30, 12 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)
    Presidents Room, Pacific's Stockton campus
    Free and open to the public (lunch will be provided)

    A panel of members from the Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indigena Oaxaqueno (Binational Center for the Development of the Indigenous Communities, or CBDIO) will talk about their experiences as indigenous Mexicans in California and will discuss the history of their organization and its goals for the future. CBDIO was created in 1993 to serve the indigenous migrant communities from Mexico residing in California.

    Lecture by Eduardo Fernandez, Venezuelan political leader
    Tues., Oct. 5, 6 p.m.
    Raymond Great Hall, Pacific's Stockton campus
    Free and open to the public

    Venezuelan political leader Eduardo Fernandez will discuss "Idealism: Still Needed to Guide Relations in the Americas Today" as the last of three keynote speakers for Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration. Fernandez is president of the Aristides Calvani International Training Center (IFEDEC), which is considered one of the most important centers for the promotion of democratic principles in the western hemisphere.

    Noche de Ciencias: Family Science Night
    Wed., Oct. 6, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Classroom Building, Pacific's Stockton Campus
    Free and open to fourth through eighth graders and their parents

    The Pacific student organization Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers will lead fourth through eighth graders in science experiments and games that are designed to make science fun for children. During the event, Pacific staff will present information about college admissions and financial aid to parents.

    "What's Up with Arizona?" Panel discussion on Arizona's Immigration Law
    Thurs., Oct. 14, 12 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)
    Raymond Great Hall, Pacific's Stockton campus
    Free and open to the public (lunch will be provided)

    A panel will provide an analysis of the recently passed immigration law from Arizona (SB 1070). Panelists will include Raquel Aldana, a law professor at Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Marisela Ramos, a history professor at Pacific, and Arturo Ocampo, Pacific's assistant provost for Diversity.

    Presentation on California's AB 450 and the proposed Dream Act
    Wed., Oct. 20, 12 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30)
    Raymond Great Hall, Pacific's Stockton campus
    Free and open to the public (lunch will be provided)

    Presenters will explain who is eligible under the California Immigrant Higher Education Act (AB 540), which provides in-state tuition to immigrant college students, as well as explain how each of the local colleges and universities are processing AB 540 applications. The presenters will also provide an update on the Dream Act, or the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. The proposed federal legislation would provide illegal immigrants who have graduated from U.S. high schools a chance to earn permanent residency if they attend college or enter the U.S. military.

     

    For more information contact Pacific's Latino/a Outreach Office at 209.946.7705 or go to http://go.pacific.edu/latinoheritagemonth.