CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Community Celebrates César Chávez Holiday With Day of Service, Other Activities

Date: 03-21-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
Joe Wills, director
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico will celebrate César Chávez Day with various activities, leading up to the fourth annual service event Cats in the Community on April 1. CSU, Chico and other state campuses and offices are closed Monday, April 1, as a holiday in observance of César Chávez’s birthday, which is Sunday, March 31.

In spring 2010, CSU, Chico students planned a day of community service when campus was closed for the holiday. The service effort, organized by students calling themselves Cats in the Community, was in response to reports that some students were spending the holiday at Mexican-themed parties disrespectful to Chávez and all Hispanics. Since then, Cats in the Community has grown, drawing more than 400 students, faculty, staff and community members last year.

Sign-ups for this year’s Cats in the Community event, hosted by Associated Students (AS), are open now at http://www.aschico.com/gac/catsinthecommunity, though many of the volunteer locations are already filled to capacity.

The day will begin with check-in at 9 a.m. on April 1 at the Bell Memorial Union plaza facing West Second Street. Free breakfast will be provided, and CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and the student organization MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) will address the group. From there, groups will travel to their various volunteer locations, which include the AS Compost Area, Bidwell Park, the Chico Boys and Girls Club, Butte Humane Society, the Chico Creek Dance Center, Chico Fire Department, Chico Salvation Army, the Jesus Center, Little Discoveries Preschool and Shalom Thrift Store. After volunteering, participants are invited to conclude the day about 1 p.m. at the Wildcat Recreation Center, where there will be snacks, a raffle and music by the pool provided by KCSC radio.

In addition, the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center is sponsoring an action rally Tuesday, March 26, from 11 to 2 p.m. in Trinity Commons to take a stand against disrespect that often occurs on this holiday. Preparation for the rally will be all day Monday, March 25, in Meriam Library Room 172.

On March 27, MEChA is having a “teach-out” at several local K-12 schools, where they will teach students about César Chávez’s life and legacy. To participate in the teach-out, you must have attended at least one of the planning workshops. The next and final workshop is at 5 p.m. on March 26 in Bell Memorial Union Room 204.

For more information about César Chávez Day events at CSU, Chico, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 530-898-4764.