March 20, 2009

Southwestern College to Honor Cesar E. Chavez

5th Annual Scholarship Breakfast Awards Ceremony to be held on March 27th

The Southwestern College Chicano Latino Coalition (ChLC) will be hosting the 5th Annual Scholarship Breakfast Awards Ceremony in tribute of Cesar E. Chavez. The event will feature Keynote Speakers: Adela C. Garcia, former SWC Foundation President and David M. Villarino-Gonzalez, CEO/President of Farmworkers Institute of Education and Leadership Development (FIELD); Master of Ceremony: Rick Najera, award-winning writer, actor, director and producer; musical entertainment by SWC professor, Dr. Jorge Pastrana. Art exhibit by visual artist Roberto Salas.

Chavez was exposed to the hardship of farm worker life at an early age. He and his family toiled under brutal weather and labor conditions in the farm fields of Arizona and directly experienced rampant racism and discrimination. With the support of his parents, wife, and children, Chavez subsequently devoted his entire life to alleviate human suffering, not just in the farm fields of the southwest, but in the urban and rural communities across America.

Chavez devotion to equality, social justice, and the respect for human dignity awakened the spirit of a nation. For more than three decades, he led the first successful farm workers union in America history, achieving dignity, respect, fair wages, medical coverage, pension benefits, and humane living conditions, as well as countless other rights and protections for hundreds of thousands of farm workers.

WHEN: FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009 from 7 – 9 a.m.

WHERE: Southwestern College Student Union East, 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91910

COST: $30 Per Person; $10 Students; $250 for a reserved table of 6; and $500 VIP Table Seating; $1,000 Platinum VIP Seating.

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