The César Chávez Day Celebration Program

Headshot of Cesar Chavez and images from the movie, Dolores Headshot of Cesar Chavez and images from the movie, Dolores

Our Roots, Our Stories.

Painting of Cesar Chavez, with text 'Si se puede' or 'Yes we can'

Painting of César Chávez by Esther Claros-Berlioz, PhD -Miami International Alumna, Class 2019. Winning painting of the CAWC's "Latinidades in Ohio" art contest, 2016.

As a child of migrant workers who struggled just to get by, César Chávez knew the importance of having an economy that works for everyone and devoted his life to ensuring our Nation upheld the values upon which it was founded. On his birthday, we celebrate a man who reminded us—above all else—that we all share a common humanity, each of us having our own value and contributing to the same destiny, and we carry forward his legacy by echoing his peaceful and eloquent calls for a more just and equal society.

~United States of America, 2016 Presidential Proclamation, César Chávez Day

A proclamation on César Chávez Day, 2021
MARCH 31, 2021 | The White House, Presidential Actions

Overview

The César Chávez Day at Miami University is celebrated during spring semester each year. This year we will honor César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and today’s American labor leaders and activists committed to “La Causa (Long Live Our Cause)” in the struggle for social justice.

Our Roots, Our Stories

Virtual Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 1, 2021

4:30 pm EDT

Guest panelists will share their personal stories and facilitate a reflection about the importance of creating meaning of their cultural heritage roots and core values while embracing the challenges and opportunities as Latinx community living, studying, working in the U.S.

Guest Panelists

Daisy Hernandez | Associate Professor in Creative Writing | Miami University

Daisy Hernández is the author of the award-winning memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. The former editor of ColorLines magazine, she has reported for National Geographic, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate, and she has written for NPR's All Things Considered and CodeSwitch.

Her essays and fiction have appeared in Aster(ix), Bellingham Review, Brevity, Dogwood, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Juked, and Rumpus among other journals. A contributing editor for the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, Daisy is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Ohio.


Alejandra Bello, Undergraduate student | Creative Writing and Women's Gender and Sexuality Major | Miami University

Alejandra Bello is a senior Creative Writing and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies double major, with minors in History and Latin American Studies. She is an immigrant born and raised in Venezuela who moved to the United States in her early teens. She's a firm believer in exploring the intersectionality amongst the Latine community, especially in college campuses, and advocates for diversity and inclusion.


Marianna Gay, Undergraduate student | Speech Pathology & Audiology Major | Miami University

Marianna Gay is a junior Speech Pathology and Audiology Major with a Minor in Spanish. She is the current Vice President of UNIDOS, Association of Latin American Students and works as a writing consultant in the English Language Learner Writing Center and as a campus tour guide! She believes that diversity is such an important part of the college experience as well as life in general and is always working to help educate and engage others in Latinx culture as well as all cultures. Sigue pa'lante!


Alexandra Hernandez, Undergraduate student | Spanish Major, Latin American Studies Minor | Miami University

Alexandra Hernandez is a senior, double majoring in International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American Studies. She is currently the Institutional Ambassador for Unidos and is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive environment on campus. Originally from Cleveland and with roots from Puerto Rico, Alexandra loves supporting and uplifting the Latinx community and hopes to continue to advocate on their behalf for the remainder of her time at Miami.


Victoria Négron, Undergraduate student | Psychology Major, Spanish Minor | Miami University

Victoria Negrón (She/They/Elle) is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Spanish. They were born and raised in Southwest Ohio and their parents are from Puerto Rico and New Mexico. As the president of UNIDOS, Association of Latin American. Students she works to create a space of comfort, discussion, and education for the Latine community on campus. They are a believer in the power of solidarity between marginalized groups on campus and believes we are strongest when we all work together for better treatment of our communities.


Daisy Rodriguez, Graduate assistant | Office of Residence Life | Miami University

Daisy Rodriguez (She/Her/Hers/Ella) is a second year in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Master's program and a daughter of two immigrants from Mexico. Daisy is originally from California where she attended California State University, Chico for her Bachelor's Degrees in Public Administration and Political Science with the option in Legal Studies. In the fall Daisy will be attending Penn State University to pursue her Ph.D. in Higher Education where she will conduct research that will examine the identity development and resilience of LatinX students, intersected with the complicated reliance of success through a post-colonial, anti-racist, and critical lenses.