University of California, San Diego



March 19, 2004


SUBJECT:    UCSD César E. Chávez Celebration

I am pleased to announce a series of campus events designed to honor the late César E. Chávez beginning April 2 and continuing through May 3. Chávez's leadership of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and his contributions as a champion of working families and an advocate for human dignity will be the guiding themes of our month-long celebration of the Chávez legacy.

UCSD events commemorating César E. Chávez will include:

* United Farm Workers/César E. Chávez Photographs by Juan Lopez & Carlos Legerrette will be on display April 2 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center. The photographs depict San Diego's involvement in the United Farm Workers Movement since the 1960s.

* A panel discussion, Higher Education Access & Equity for Students from Immigrant/Migrant Worker Families, will take place April 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center. Maria Blanco and Mary T. Hernandez, attorneys specializing in immigrant and education advocacy issues, will lead the discussion.

* A five-part seminar series will be held April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the UCSD Women's Center. The April 2 event will debut the Chicana/o Art of San Diego Catalog, a record of local Chicana/o artists compiled by UCSD students in the undergraduate course, Chicana/o Visual Culture. The presentation of the catalog will be accompanied by an Artists of San Diego Roundtable where 10 of the 13 featured artists will discuss Chicana/o art.

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In recognition of this annual event, I am approving two hours of administrative leave with pay that employees may apply to their attendance at a UCSD César E. Chávez activity, when the absence does not infringe upon the performance of required job duties.

I would like to thank the UCSD César E. Chávez Planning Committee for its extraordinary work in coordinating our month-long Chávez celebration.

Members of the UCSD César E. Chávez Planning Committee are:

Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, Honorary Co-Chair, Chair, UCSD Board of Overseers and Community Representative
Cecil Lytle, Co-Chair, Provost, Thurgood Marshall College
Jorge Mariscal, Co-Chair, Professor, Department of Literature
Nick Aguilar, Director, UCSD Student Policy & Judicial Affairs
Ramon Aldecoa, Assistant Dean, Warren College
Juan Carlos Astorga, Assistant Dean, Sixth College
Rafael Hernandez, Director, UCSD EAOP
Pat JaCoby, University Communications
Nancy Magpusao, Assistant to Director, Cross Cultural Center
Charlene Martinez, Assistant Director, Cross Cultural Center
Darlene Mendez Mercado, Student Activities Coordinator, Muir College
Edie Munk, Special Projects Coordinator, University Extension
David Pellow, Professor, Ethnic Studies
Anthony Valladolid, Director, Student Legal Services
David Valladolid, President & CEO, Parent Institute for Quality Education
Irma Martinez Velasco, Director, Campus Relations, Chancellor's Office
Patrick Velasquez, Director, OASIS
Edwina Welch, Director, UCSD Cross Cultural Center

Please join me, members of the UCSD César E. Chávez Planning Committee, special guests, and visitors as we collectively and publicly celebrate the legacy and contributions of César E. Chávez.

Marsha A. Chandler
Acting Chancellor