César E. Chávez

Click here for the 2017 Cesar Chavez Celebration event flyer.


César E. Chávez Social Justice March

Thursday, March 16, 10am – 1pm

Gathering for the March: Cook Library Center

1100 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI

Program: The Potters House Elementary School

811 Chicago Dr, Grand Rapids, MI


Andres Chavez

Latinos Millennials to be the Voice of Change

Friday, March 24, 11am – 1pm

Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

LIB 100 & 201 Approved

Andrés Chávez was raised in the farm worker movement founded by his grandfather, the late labor leader and civil rights activist - Cesar Chávez. Andres is the youngest son of Socorro and Paul Chavez (Cesar Chavez’s middle son).  He grew up participating in social justice activities such as rallies, picket lines, demonstrations, union conventions and political campaigns, including those for immigration reform.  Andres is a senior at California State University, Bakersfield, majoring in public policy and administration.  Currently, he works at the HEP and CAMP, educational programs which serve students from migrant or seasonal farmworker families. He served as senior aide and internship coordinator for the Emilio J. Huerta congressional campaign in Kern and Kings counties. Prior to this, Andres was a curriculum specialist with the Cesar Chavez Foundation, writing curriculum for the Si Se Puede Learning Center, an after-school academic tutoring and character education programs for the children of residents at the Foundation’s forty two affordable housing communities in four states.

Andres will speak about the life and legacy of his grandfather and the plight of farm workers then and transition to how Latinx millennials can be the voice of change in this 21st century.  Following his talk is a meet and greet reception with light hors d'oeuvres.


Feria de Los Flores

Friday, March 24, 8PM-Midnight

Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, Allendale campus

Come enjoy an evening of free food and open dance hosted by Latino Student Union

Feria de Las Flores


Contemporary Mexican Cinema: Romantic Comedies, Democracy, Border Crossing, & Crisis of National Identities

Thursday, March 30, 4PM - 5PM

Russel H. Kirkhof Center, room 2215/2216, Allendale Center

Presentation by Ignacio Sanchez Prado (Professor of Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Film and Media Studies at Washington University)


Grand Rapids Latin America Film Festival


Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2

Wealthy Street Theatre

Event is free to the public and all films will be presented with English subtitles. Following the movies, there will be opportunity to meet and greet with the film directors and local speakers. For more information, please visit www.grlaff.org.



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