CSU, Chico News

Community Clean-up and Other Events Honor César Chávez

Date: 03-27-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico will celebrate César Chávez Day with a number of activities, including a community clean-up Friday, March 30.

CSU, Chico and other state campuses and offices are closed March 30 as a holiday in observance of César Chávez’s birthday, which is Saturday, March 31.

Last year, CSU, Chico students planned a day of community service for César Chávez Day when campus was closed for the state holiday. Approximately 400 students, faculty, staff and community members picked up trash and cleaned up locations in Chico.

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.

On March 30, Cats in the Community is planning another Chico-wide clean-up effort, which will begin with registration between 9 a.m.-10 a.m. in Trinity Commons across from the BMU. Participants will then be assigned to clean-up assignments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other events planned include:

· March 28 - Conversions on Diversity: The Legacy of César Chávez. Discussion at noon in BMU 210

· March 29 - Educating the Hearts: The Values of César Chávez. Presentation at 10 a.m. in the Student Services Center Plaza

· March 30 - César E. Chávez March for Justice. 4 p.m. at the Student Services Center Plaza

· March 31 - Honoring the Life of César Chávez: A Cultural Celebration. 1 p.m. in the Downtown City Plaza

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about these activities and the legacy of César Chávez, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/cesarchavez/index.shtml.