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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchú to Address Students

April 17, 2015

The Chicana & Chicano Resource Center hosts "Bringing Back Community Voice in Service Professions: Lessons From Cesar Chavez, Rigoberta Menchú and Other Freedom Fighters."

The one-day, free, public event seeks to educate the community about the struggles for social justice from the vantage point of historically marginalized voices. Among the highlights scheduled is a keynote address by Nobel Peace Prize honoree Rigoberta Menchú.

Guatemalan Indian-rights activist and author Rigoberta Menchú has demonstrated leadership at the forefront of social struggle of national and international scope. Her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples was recognized when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. Menchú is best known for her global bestseller, "I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala."

Wednesday, April 22
2 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

California State University, Fullerton — Titan Gym, unless otherwise noted
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


2-3:30 p.m. — Workshop: Service Via Our Professions
Room 360 of the Pollak Library
Janette L. Hyder, CSUF career and academic advising specialist, will lead a workshop that provides insights into the connection between education and occupation, and how that can translate to serving underrepresented communities.

5-6 p.m. — Advocacy Via Our Professions
Miguel Zavala, assistant professor of secondary education, moderates a panel discussion on how to transform a career into vehicles for advocacy. Panelists include:

  • Cecilia Peréz, Whittier City School District board member and former United Farm Workers organizer. Peréz also worked with Cesar Chavez during the 1980s.
  • Silvia T. Villanueva, assistant professor of English at Pasadena City College.
  • Hectór Peña Ramírez, legal advocate and former United Farm Workers organizer.
  • Mónica Jasis, co-founder of Centro de Mujeres — an organization in La Paz, Mexico, that advocates for women, youth and migrant populations.
  • Lillian Taiz, California Faculty Association board president and professor of history at Cal State Los Angeles.

6-7:30 p.m. — Keynote from Rigoberta Menchú

7:30-8:30 p.m. — Reception and Book Signing

$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Parking details available online.

Chicana & Chicano Resource Center, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Diversity Initiatives & Resource Centers (DIRC), Enhancing Postbaccalaureate Opportunities at Cal State Fullerton for Hispanic Students (EPOCHS), Student Organizations Accessing Resources (SOAR), Student Success Initiatives, WoMen's Center, College of Education and College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Email or call 657-278-2537

Ajá Reneé Clarke

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