ASU will celebrate Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta

ALAMOSA — Adams State University alumna Victoria Martinez will speak at a luncheon honoring Cesar Chavez at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Student Union Building La Mesa Dining Hall. The event will include cultural music by Ruben Dominguez and cuisine featuring red and green posole, baja beef tacos, ancho chile rellenos, roadrunner pizza, arroz con leche (sweet rice) and capirotada (Mexican bread pudding).

Martinez will speak about how incorporating local culture, heritage, language, and traditions into the educational experience is a form of social justice. Place-based learning allows local students to connect or reconnect with their culture and can assist non-valley students by helping to make a foreign place seem more like home and more welcoming. Rather than dividing thinking and feeling, place-based learning incorporates the whole person.

A PBS documentary screening, Dolores: rebel, activist, feminist, mother, begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Art Building room 227. One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chávez. Tirelessly leading the fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century — and she continues the fight to this day, in her late 80s. The evening will include The Race Card Project by activity coordinator Erika Ibarra-Garibay, and cultural music by Ruben Dominguez.

The events’ sponsors include the Adams State Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity (CIELO), Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement Center (CASA), and the Art Department; and community sponsors include Trinchera Ranch, Ellen Chacon Memorial, Price Farms, Juanitos Mexican Kitchen, and Cactus Hill Farms.