An Evening with Dolores Huerta
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7:30 PM
Sonoma State University Student Center Ballroom
HOW TO GET YOUR TICKETS: Type "Huerta" in 'Search Events' box at the top of the box office webpage to locate event and purchase online.
or visit our information desk on the first floor of the Student Center on campus to get your tickets in person.
SSU Students--free (600 tickets reserved for SSU students, but you must have a ticket to enter)
All others including faculty, staff and general admission--$10.00, senior citizens--$5.00
SSU faculty bringing their class--free (ticket required--please contact Erik Dickson directly to request your one faculty ticket. Please note your students must get their own tickets themselves. email@example.com or call 707-664-2669)
An Evening with Dolores Huerta is part of the H. Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series, organized by the School of Education in partnership with Sonoma State University's School of Social Sciences and On Campus Presents.
About Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta is a union leader and an activist for the rights of farm workers and women. Along with Cesar Chavez, she founded the first successful farm workers union in the country, the United Farm Workers, in 1962. She is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
At 81, Dolores Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women and children. As voluntary President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels across the country speaking to students and organizations about issues of social justice and public policy.
There are thousands of working poor immigrants in the agriculture rich San Joaquin Valley of California. They are unfamiliar with laws or agencies that can protect them or benefits that they are entitled to. They are often preyed upon by unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of them. They feel hopeless and unable to remedy their situations.
Dolores teaches that these individuals that they have power and that personal power needs to be coupled with responsibility and cooperation to create the changes needed to improve their lives
The work she does through her foundation for social justice and education involves community engagement in schools. From training parent committees on navigating school systems, improving communications with teachers and school administrators, and advocating for systemic change to ensure academic success for all students. Informed and active parents partnering with culturally competent teachers and administrators is an effective formula that contributes to the academic success of students. Learn more about Dolores from her Foundation website.
Awards and Recognition
There are four elementary schools in California, one in Fort Worth, Texas, and a high school in Pueblo, Colorado named after Dolores Huerta.
She has received numerous awards among them the Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in l998, Ms. Magazine’s one of the three most important women of l997, Ladies Home Journal’s 100 most important woman of the 20t Century, Puffin Foundation award for Creative Citizenship Labor Leader Award 1984, Kern County’s Woman of The Year by California State legislature,the Ohtli award from the Mexican Government, Smithsonian Institution - James Smithson Award, and Nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities throughout the United States.