César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Celebration

2022 MSU César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Commemorative Celebration

Theme: Tu Lucha es Mi Lucha (Your struggle is My Struggle)

March 31 through April 8, 2022


About the Event

event poster with graphic of two people holding signs with the event theme
Download the Flyer PDF
Graphics by Abigail Martinez.

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 series is grown from the strength of the Latinx and farmworker communities and the allies who stand in solidarity to raise awareness of the contributions, hardships, issues, and obstacles both ongoing and newly surfacing.

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

NOTE: In-person events will be following MSU COVID Guidelines.


Special Guest Presenters

Craft Cultura is a Chicanx/Latinx community-based organization located in the Rio Grande Valley. CRAFT is an acronym that stands for Creating Real Art For Tomorrow. We are a collective of South Texas writers and creatives that produce stories of empowerment by hosting free and culturally relevant events to our borderlands residents. We center social justice and create safe spaces for communities of color to have their voices heard, valued, and celebrated.

Our team consist of members with diverse backgrounds in education, counseling, activism, graphic design, health, wellness and more. We invite you to build community with us, come to one of our events, and join our organization. Together, we continue to Craft Cultura.


Thursday, March 31, 2022 

Make & Take Pop-up: Cesar Chavez Day Screen Printing, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In-Person Location: MSU Libraries, Make Central Flex Space, 2 West
Cost: Free to all, Registration not needed

Celebrate César Chávez Day at the Makerspace! Screenprint a set of postcards with images featuring United Farm Workers themes. Learn an easy method of screen print using stencil vinyl on our Cricut cutter, a computer-controlled cutting plotter. Materials will be provided.

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Tu Lucha es MI Lucha: Making Space at the Table, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

As seasonal and migrant farmworkers continue to negotiate U.S. agricultural labor demands, the Dolores Huerta/César Chávez Planning Committee invite you to attend “Tu Lucha es MI Lucha: Making Space at the Table.” This panel discussion will critically engage the exploitation, mistreatment, and unethical living environments that farmworkers must confront and what we can do to begin addressing these issues and begin taking action to address these injustices. The panel will include the voices of current farmworkers, United Farm Worker (UFW) foundation, CAMP student scholars, and faculty.

Join on Zoom 
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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Art/Activism: United Farm Workers Posters in MSU Special Collections

For decades, talented artists have supported the United Farm Workers by creating visual communications to spread their message. MSU Special Collections has many beautiful examples of their work. See the collection during this pop-up exhibit in the Main Library!


Wednesday, April 6, 2022 

Craft Cultura Poetry Slam, 6:00 p.m.

Craft Cultura is a Chicanx/Latinx community-based organization located from the Rio Grande Valley in southmost Texas. CRAFT is an acronym that stands for Creating Real Art For Tomorrow. Craft Cultura is a collective of South Texas writers and creatives that produce stories of empowerment by hosting culturally relevant events to borderland residents. They center social justice and create safe spaces for communities of color to have their voices heard, valued, and celebrated.

In-Person Location: Holden Hall G8

CAMP students and the community invited to attend


Friday, April 8, 2022

Paint the Rock

MSU Rock will be painted by students, farmworkers and farmworker allies to demonstrate support for farmworkers and Farmworker Awareness week. UFW Foundation with representative Edith Saavedra and MSU CAMP students will lead the painting of the Rock. 

In-Person, Outdoors, no registration


March in Solidarity for Farmworkers, 2:00 p.m. from the Rock to Demonstration Hall

Meet at Rock at 2:00 p.m., starts at 3:00 p.m., arrive at Demonstration Hall by 4:00 p.m.

Route map PDF
The Rock, down Farm Lane, N. Shaw Lane, Red Cedar, pass the Sparty Statue, down Chestnut Road to Demonstration Hall. 

Farmworkers in the U.S. have become an invisible population that fuel our agricultural engine that feeds America. Farmworkers today continue to be exploited through harsh living and working conditions, pay that falls below the federal minimum wage, and no access to healthcare. This March is to recognize the work of Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta and to address the needs that farmworkers still face today.

In-Person, Outdoors, no registration


12th Commemorative Celebration Dinner, 4:00 p.m.

Michigan State University is celebrating its 12th Commemorative Celebration on April 8, 2022, honoring the legacies of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta with a special dinner on campus for MSU students, faculty, and staff. The public is welcome. This event recognizes the challenges that farmworkers face today, their long history and contributions to the U.S. economy. This year’s theme is Tu Lucha as Mi Lucha: Your Struggle is My Struggle. Join us for an evening of food catered by Don Panchos Market and Keynote presentation by: Craft Cultura.

In-Person Location: Demonstration Hall

No registration. Space available for 150 people. 


View the Sponsors and Planning Committee

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For more information, contact the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
inclusion@msu.edu, 517-353-4563