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Con Dolores Y César: Si, Se Puede

Con Dolores y César: Si, Se Puede! | Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez

César E. Chávez Day - March 31st

Texas State University honors, remembers and celebrates César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta, co-founders of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). 

An official holiday in the states of California, Colorado and Texas, and, although not a federal holiday, the U.S. President proclaims March 31st of each year as César E. Chávez Day in the United States.  Individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate in service to the community to honor Chávez's life and work.

Just as importantly, we celebrate and honor Dolores Huerta, co-founder of UFW and activist, for her role in the success in the movement. The life and work of Dolores Huerta is observed as an official holiday in US states of Arizona, California, and Washington, on April 10th, Dolores' birthday, as Dolores Huerta Day. 

Together, César E. Chávez, Dolores Huerta, the United Farm Workers, and residents of the California valley boycotted local grocery stores, picketed farm fields, and marched the 340-mile pilgrimage in the name of civil rights and dignity. The UFW organized strikes and boycotts, participated in civil disobedience, protested for equal pay and safe working conditions, and achieved civil liberties during the 1970s. Women, Mexican Americans, and Filipino Americans played pivotal roles in the migrant and farm worker movement. Members of the movement sacrificed their lives to create a better tomorrow and across various issues including restoration of land grants, farm workers’ rights, enhanced education, voting, and political rights.

Dolores Huerta: “Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”

Featured Speaker: Dr. Gina Ann Garcia

Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions

In this keynote address, Dr. Garcia talks about her Decolonizing HSIs Framework, which is an organizational model that is grounded in decolonial theory and anti-racist practices. First, she talks about the social and historical factors that have hindered the educational success of Latinxs, arguing for the need to use critical theory as a framework for serving these students. Then she lays out the framework, which includes nine organizational elements. Dr. Garcia encourages audience members to think about how to transform HSIs, from an organizational level, using her framework and with the goal of equity and justice as outcomes.

About Dr. Gina Ann Garcia

Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet

Presented by Indigenous Cultures Institute: 
Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Virtual | Registration 

UPDATE:
Link for viewing video is posted on registration confirmation page; must register to obtain.

Program Description

Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet is a pre-recorded video of a live play performance. This award winning play was originally commissioned by, and premiered at the Dallas Children’s Theater in 2018.  In 2019 it was produced and recorded by Indigenous Cultures Institute and Teatro Vivo, assuring cultural authenticity with an all-Indigenous cast, designers, and crew, and with Miakan-Garza tribe consultation. Written by Miakan-Garza tribal member Maria Rocha and published-playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and with five original songs in the Coahuiltecan language composed by Hector Martinez Morales, the play features Indigenous dances, shares ancient traditions, and presents an alternative, Native-origin story about the first bluebonnets in Texas.

Indigenous Cultures Institute

This program made possible due to collaboration with Indigenous Cultures Institute. The Indigenous Cultures Institute was founded in 2006 by members of the Miakan/Garza Band, one of the over two-hundred bands that resided in Texas and northeastern Mexico when the Spaniards first arrived. The 83rd Legislature recognized the Miakan-Garza Band as a Texas Indian tribe with “immeasurable contributions to the State of Texas”. Members of the Miakan-Garza Band still practice their traditional ceremonies and maintain long held family ties. 

For more information, visit: Indigenous Cultures Institute.

Open House of Gratitude

Open House of Gratitude

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Institutional Inclusive Excellence 

LBJ Student Center Suite 2-20.0

2nd Floor of LBJ Student Center

Bring your Texas State ID Card or share your Net ID. 

Mask and social distancing of 6-feet required.

Instructions will be posted and provided upon entering suite.

This is a stop-and-go program. 

Sponsors

Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Faculty & Staff

Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Student Initiatives

Purpose

Institutional Inclusive Excellence invites Texas State Staff serving in Custodial Operations, Facilities, Facilities Management, Facilities Operations, Facilities Planning Design, Grounds & Waste Management Operations, Utility Operations, Department of Housing and Residential Life, and LBJ Student Center to an Open House of Gratitude.

Staff will receive Certificates and Tokens of Appreciation for their outstanding service through the COVID19 Pandemic and Texas Winter Storm and for maintaining a safe, inclusive, and productive learning environment for our students. 

We invite you to submit a Thank You Note. Notes will be displayed in a rolling PowerPoint in the Institutional Inclusive Excellence suite and sent to Texas State staff via email.

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