CSU, Chico News

Students Plan Week of Activities Honoring César Chávez

Date: 03-22-2016

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Tray Robinson, director
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

’Cats in the Community Day of Service Slated for March 31

Students at California State University, Chico will honor the legacy of César Chávez with a week of events focused on volunteerism and awareness, beginning with a film screening Thursday, March 24, and culminating with the sixth annual ’Cats in the Community day of service Thursday, March 31.

CSU, Chico and other state university campuses and offices are closed March 31 to observe the birthday of Chávez, a renowned civil rights leader who fought for better pay and safer working conditions for farm workers. In addition, the University and student organizations host numerous events and activities each March to teach his legacy and inspire the next generation to be socially active.

During ’Cats in the Community, students, faculty, staff and community members visit nonprofits around Chico to pick up trash, install landscaping, wash windows and make repairs. More than 100 volunteers participate each year. Organizations which will benefit this year include the Boys and Girls Club, the Torres Shelter, Bidwell Park and the Chico Fire Department.

Other events honoring César Chávez include

Film screening: “Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields”
Thursday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.
Bell Memorial Union Room 203
Hosted by the Associated Students

Rally and March: Reclaiming César Chávez Day
Monday, March 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Trinity Commons
Hosted by MEChA

César Chávez Information Session
Wednesday, March 30, 2 to 4 p.m.
Sutter Hall Courtyard
Hosted by Prime Time Productions

’Cats in the Community Day of Service
Thursday, March 31, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Meet at Wildcat Recreation Center

Learn more about Chávez’s life and achievements by visiting the César Chávez Foundation’s website.

Chico State prides itself on a commitment to service with about 2,000 students donating 60,000 volunteer hours annually through Community Action Volunteers in Education, extensive civic engagement curriculum and placement on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. For more information about ‘Cats in the Community or to sign up to volunteer, visit the website.

People who require an accommodation in order to participate in any of these events or who have questions about accessibility should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.