April 10, 2007 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 4, NO. 7

CSU Campuses Take Part in Cesar E. Chavez Activities

Several CSU campuses participated in various activities in honor of Cesar E. Chávez’s commitment to service and humanity.

  • Some 45 students from San José State’s Bridging Borders AmeriCorps program provided 270 hours of service to Sacred Heart Community Service, by creating a safe play space, completing general maintenance and renovation projects, sorting donations, and packaging food for the needy.
  • Students from Cal State Fullerton and the Orange County AmeriCorps Alliance participated in two events: (1) the "Pack-A-Box" at the Orange County Food Bank, providing boxes of food for the low-income and homeless populations of Orange County, and (2) the "Field Gleaning" in Irvine. Students helped harvest food that would otherwise have gone to waste. Instead it helped feed the hungry.
  • In partnership with California Volunteers (Office of the Governor), Youth Service California, the Cesar E. Chávez Foundation and local community organizations, CSU campuses - San Bernardino and Northridge – participated in KaBOOM community-build playground projects to provide new play space for children. CSU San Bernardino students worked at Franklin Elementary School in Redlands and Cal State Northridge students at the Watts Community Center in Los Angeles. In addition, CSU San Bernardino students painted a mural commemorating Chávez, planted a community garden, and improved the entire school campus.
  • Sonoma State students, through Sonoma SERVES, worked with a broad community coalition to put on the Cesar Chávez Health Fair at Roseland Elementary School. A free event, it provided children and families access to health services, nutrition and health information, entertainment, raffle prizes, a free lunch and lots of fun. The lead sponsor was Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center.
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s AmeriCorps Program students completed their Day of Service at Growing Grounds Farm, a local organic farm where mentally disabled adults work under the supervision of Transitions Mental-Health Association. AmeriCorps members worked alongside the clients at the farm preparing the iris field for spring, and potting over 3000 plants. Everyone enjoyed a BBQ together in the garden area of the farm after the workday.
  • Humboldt State’s Service Learning Center partnered with YouthServe AmeriCorps to host the 2nd Annual Cesar Chávez Youth Symposium where 50 high school and college students met with 10 community partners to discuss issues ranging from racism to police violence to poverty. Also, 70 students mobilized by Youth Educational Services and California Campus Compact’s Youth to College (Y2C) Initiative gathered at a local community center and helped create community gardens, fixed bicycles, planted trees, painted murals, and poured concrete for a sustainable living outdoor classroom.
  • Cal State Channel Islands held a weeklong celebration to honor Chávez. The events included a community reception and the unveiling of the traveling Villa César Chávez Narratives Service Learning exhibit and existing Farm Worker Art Show; a presentation by Frank Barajas, assistant professor of history, on "César Chávez’s Early Connection to Ventura County"; a celebration honoring Barbara Macri-Ortiz, an attorney who represented the farm workers in the 1996 civil rights case that resulted in the development of the Villa César Chávez Apartments; and a celebration for the community of Villa César Chávez with art projects and story telling for children, ballet folklórico performances presented by Inlakech, a film about Chávez’s legacy, and presentations about pursuing a college education.
  • San Francisco State students presented a Cesar Chávez Day Tardeada (afternoon gathering or party) featuring special music and food. The College of Ethnic Studies, along with AARP, celebrated the ethic of service in area communities and honored Los Veteranos, the elders who, inspired by Chávez, created a vibrant array of non-profit organizations serving the Latino community and other communities of color in San Francisco. The tardeada, which was held at Mission Cultural Center, provided a relaxed environment in which elder activists, current community leaders and students discussed important issues facing the Latino and allied communities.
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