Feb 20, 2008    #008
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter works for peaceful activism Julie Chavez Rodriguez lecture at UMKC on March 3

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Division of Diversity, Access and Equity welcomes Julie Chavez Rodriguez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez – civil and labor rights activist – on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 6 p.m. at the UMKC University Center, Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes. The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Rodriguez, program director for the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, is spearheading the National Youth Leadership Initiative, which addresses academic and civic disengagement by today’s youth. Her focus includes peaceful activism, civil disobedience and safe working conditions.

“Cesar Chavez was a tremendous leader whose impact on this country we continue to see today,” said Karen Dace, Ph.D., Deputy Chancellor for the Division of Diversity, Access and Equity. “UMKC is proud to be a part of this First Annual Cesar Chavez Lecture honoring the life, work and legacy of this American leader. We understand and value the contributions of all communities to the growing body of academic knowledge that help create a stronger, more vibrant and cohesive environment for all.”

The Division of Diversity, Access and Equity’s social justice and diversity lecture series provides a forum for open discussion and continued learning around these issues. For information, visit or call 816-235-6704.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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