César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Commemorative Celebration


Graduate Students, Staff, Faculty, Public

Michigan State University is celebrating its 13th annual César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Commemorative Celebration on Friday, March 31st, 2023, honoring the legacies of local and national community leaders and organizers with a special lunch on campus for MSU students, employees and community leaders. The public is welcome. This event recognizes the brave champions that secured change  for farmworkers and Latinx communities. Their historic struggles led to lifesaving improvements in working conditions and progress for workers’ rights and civil rights in America.

This year’s theme is Recordando y Progresando Raices: Remembering and Progressing our Roots. 

 Teresa Romero, smiling for the camera

The commemorative lunch will feature keynote speaker Teresa Romero, President of United Farm Workers.  

The first Latina and first immigrant woman to become president of a national union in the United States, Teresa Romero replaced Arturo S. Rodriguez as the third president of United Farm Workers in December 2018. Formerly the union’s No. 2 officer as secretary-treasurer, she has years of experience overseeing the complex financial management, administrative, staff recruitment, personnel, fundraising, IT and social media operations of a far-flung organization involved in field organizing, contract bargaining and administration, legislative and legal affairs, and far-reaching international initiatives. Romero is admired by her peers for her work ethic, calm competence, organizational skills, ability to build relationships, and the Si Se Puede! Spirit. 

History of the Event 

Each year, the Michigan State University, Greater Lansing, and East Lansing communities gather at MSU to honor the legacy of two of the most prominent U.S. labor leaders and civil rights activists, César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta.   

This event grows from the strength of the Latinx and farmworker communities and the allies who stand in solidarity to raise awareness of the contributions, hardships, and ongoing or newly surfaced obstacles encountered by migrant and seasonal farmworkers.  

  • REGISTER to attend the commemorative lunch on Friday, March 31 at 11 a.m. at the MSU Student Union to hear from keynote speaker Teresa Romero, President of United Farm Workers. The menu and complete programming for the lunch will be available soon.  
  • SPONSOR this program: The CCDH Planning Committee values its partnerships with community members. This program is a great opportunity to sustain our community engagement. A suggested donation of $1,000 will list you as a vital supporter on the MSU Chávez and Huerta website, at our events, and in our social media. Funds collected will go to help support the celebration and scholarships for MSU students. Let us continue our partnership by working together to build a community where all members can thrive. Please complete the sponsorship form by February 28, 2023. 
  • ADD YOUR EVENT: If your unit or department is planning an event for this year's celebration, please complete this form to be added to the compiled list of activities for this year. Details about events should be submitted as soon as possible in order to be included in event promotion. 

In honor of the leadership and advocacy of César Chávez & Dolores Huerta.

Thank you for your support and participation, 

2023 César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Planning Committee