César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Celebration


2024 MSU César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Commemorative Celebration

Cosechando Nuestros Sueños:
Harvesting Our Dreams

Monday, March 25, 2024


Celebration Information


Farmworkers and family

Photo of Monica RamirezMichigan State University is celebrating its 14th Commemorative Celebration on Monday, March 25, 2024 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. The event honors the legacies of local and national community leaders and organizers with special events on campus for MSU students, faculty, staff, and the local community. The keynote speaker is Mónica Ramírez, gender equity activist, civil rights attorney, and co-founder of Aliana Nacional de Campesinas.

For parking, the Kellogg Center Parking Lot located at 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823. If you have a faculty/staff MSU parking permit, there may be no charge. Buses 15, 18, 20, 25, 31 and 34 go to the Kellogg Center.


Program Information

2:00 PM Workshop Check-in - Workshop information

2:30 PM Workshop Session I Begins

  • The Bandana Project with Mónica Ramírez
  • Dream Mapping, Aleida Martinez, Erika Espinoza, Danielle Flores Lopez, Erica Weeks
  •  César Chávez Legacy and the Wellbeing of Farmworkers, Jean Kayitsinga, PhD, Filiberto Villa-Gomea and Marcelo Siles

3:30 PM Workshop Session II Begins

  • A reading of "First Generation Burnout," a play by Aleida Contreras, Lynn Lammers and Aleida Contreras
  • Power at the Polls: Voter Know How & November 2024, Suchitra Webster and Erin Kramer
  • Caring for Mind, Body, and Soul, Jessica Oyoque and Delanie Rodriquez

4:30 PM Commemorative Celebration Check-in

Performance by CasArt Foundation Folklorico

5:00 PM Dinner Program Begins

Welcome Remarks from Committee Co-chairs
Amanda Flores and Elias Lopez

Farmworker Prayer
Sofia Acevedo and Daniel Oropeza, Organizers for the UFW Foundation

Remarks from MSU President
President Kevin Guskiewicz

Keynote Address
Mónica Ramírez, Founder and President of Justice for Migrant Women

Awards Ceremony
Special Proclaimation presented by Dr. Isabel Montemayor-VazquezPhoto of Kiara Zarate

6:00 PM Dinner
Entertainment by Mariachi son de Mexico

6:40 PM Closing Remarks
DeColores by MSU Student Kiara Zarate

A photographer will be taking pictures throughout the event. These photos will be used for future event promotion, annual reports, and thank you messages. Those who will be mentioned by name will be notified. 


History of the Event

Michigan State University is celebrating its 14th Commemorative Celebration on Monday, March 25th, 2024, honoring the legacies of local and national community leaders and organizers with a special dinner on campus for MSU students, faculty, staff and local community leaders. The public is welcome. This event recognizes the brave leaders that created change and impact for farmworkers and Latinx communities, their history, challenges and progress in America. This year’s theme is, Cosechando Nuestros Sueños: Harvesting Our Dreams.

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 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.

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