ODI Hosts César Chávez Day at TCU

Eduardo ChavezTCU’s second annual César Chávez Day will feature Eduardo Chávez, grandson of the prolific Latino American labor leader, civil rights activist and namesake of the annual federal commemorative holiday.  Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Eduardo Chávez will speak in person to TCU students, faculty and staff on March 31.

“Having Eduardo Chávez share his own experiences regarding his grandfather’s work is something I look forward to because this influential figure is someone I respect and admire,” said Florencio Aranda, assistant director of diversity and inclusion initiatives. “As the descendant of my maternal grandmother, who took part in the California strikes during her time as a crop fieldworker, I appreciate that TCU is taking part in highlighting the meaningful work that helped improve the lives of so many, including my late abuelita.”

César Chávez, along with Dolores Huerta, are revered figures in the Latinx/Hispanic comunidad, for their remarkable commitment and leadership in the 1960s and 1970s, which resulted in international union recognition, higher wages and improved working conditions for migrant farm workers working the fields. Although Cesar Chávez passed in 1993, his work and legacy continue to influence and impact the work being done by Latino American educators, scholars, activists, advocates and social justice practitioners. The significant contributions he made to the overall civil rights movement in the United States are still felt and practiced today.

The TCU keynote event will showcase Eduardo Chávez’s film work, which highlights the life and legacy of the co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association (now known as the United Farm Workers. He was 3-years-old at his grandfather’s passing but honored the legacy by exploring the places, people and activities that were important to him and carrying the message to a new generation.

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