César Chávez

A Social Justice Series

Who was César Chávez?

César Chávez was a civil rights, Latino, farm worker, and labor leader; a religious and spiritual figure; a community servant and social entrepreneur; a crusader for nonviolent social change; and an environmentalist and consumer advocate.

For more than three decades Chávez led the first successful farm workers union in American 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. Against previously insurmountable odds, he led successful strikes and boycotts that resulted in the first industry-wide labor contracts in the history of American agriculture.

Information obtained from chavezfoundation.org

Why Bring Awareness?

Join CCC & UWB to bring awareness about issues pertaining to social justice in community. There have are many people working toward improving standards for workers, immigrants, children, families, etc. We encourage everyone find a way for them to get involved.

How To Get Involved

Pledge to do one of the following:

  • View and Discuss: "Blood, Sweat, and Berries" Showing on March 29th at 3pm in the Commons or view art projects between April 30th and May 3rd
  • Experience: Tour Burlington Migrant Camps on April 6th from 9am-3pm
  • Watch: "Living Voices: La Causa" Performance on April 16th from 1pm-3pm in Mobius Hall
  • Volunteer: Help with food drive for Burlington Food Bank between April 30th-May 3rd or volunteer with the Youth Migrant Project in Burlington on May 4th at 9am
  • Create: Make and provide an art piece that educates and inspires our campus or create more projects on campus and beyond to educate and engage your community
  • Give Back: Donate food to the Burlington Food Bank during the food drive, from April 30th-May 3rd
  • Talk: Speak with peers, family members, and friends about what you learn during this series
  • Vote: Become informed about legislation and register and participate in voting


If you have questions about the series please contact Melissa Watkinson, from the UWB Community Based Learning Department at mwatkinson@uwb.edu.

Sponsored by: UWB Community Based Learning, UWB Student Life & CCC Student Life