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The event will take place on Friday, March 31 at 7:30pm at Mesa Experimental Theatre, Moss Performing Arts Center

Colorado Mesa University, CMU Latino Student Alliance and César Chávez Celebration of Mesa County are proud to host a keynote address and Q&A with Andrés Chávez, grandson of civil rights activist César Chávez.

“In today’s society, it is important to ask ourselves how we are acting in service of others, how are we building community or contributing to equitable opportunities for everyone to live fulfilled lives and this type of keynote discussion allows for that reflection,” said CMU Coordinator of Inclusivity and Mentor Specialist Ta’Lor Jackson. “We are honored to have Andrés on our campus during César Chávez Day celebrations as his presence is requested nationally. He chose to come to Mesa County after seeing the growth of the city event held at Los Colonias. To see the love our community has for his grandfather was very moving for him.”

César Chávez’s motto was “Sí se puede!” which translates to “Yes, it can be done!” As a Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist, Chávez dedicated his life to nonviolent resistance to improve the working and living conditions of farmworkers in the United States. His universal values of equality, justice and dignity remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were in the 1960s and 1970s.

Andrés Chávez, executive director of the National Chavez Center, leads the arm of the César Chávez Foundation that educates and promotes his grandfather’s legacy across the nation. He also oversees two historic properties, including La Paz in Keene, California, where Chávez lived and labored his last quarter century, a portion of which is now the César E. Chávez National Monument that the NCC manages in partnership with the National Park Service.

The event will take place on Friday, March 31 at 7:30pm at the Mesa Experimental Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center. No ticket is required for attendance; however, space is limited.

If you are unable to join us on March 31, join the Latino Student Alliance, President John Marshall and the César Chávez Committee of Mesa Country for a community event at Las Colonias Park on Saturday, April 1 from 10am-6pm.


Written by Madelynn Fellet