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TitleUSD Honors Cesar Chavez
Date3.26.10
ContactLiz Harman
Contact E-mailharman, at sandiego.edu
Contact Phone(619) 260-4682
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The University of San Diego will celebrate the life of Cesar E. Chavez with a memorial Mass in his honor on Friday, March 26 at 12:15 p.m. in Founders Chapel.  Sponsors of the event include USD’s Association of Chicana Activists (A. Ch. A.) and University Ministry. 

 
Chavez passed away on April 23, 1993 after a lifetime of civil rights activism. A Mexican American farm worker and labor leader, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association which later became the United Farm Workers. Chavez is considered one of the most influential activists in American History.
 
“He was an individual who spent his life fighting for decent wages, living conditions, and dignity of all people. He allowed himself to be an instrument of God to fight for those who have no voice and are ignored by society,” said Corina Lopez, USD student and A.Ch.A. Programmer, “It is A.Ch.A.’s goal to promote this strength of character and awareness of social justice to the USD community.”
 
The media is invited to cover the event.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University\'s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.