Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers of America, will be the keynote speaker at the Let’s Talk #Immigration California Student Forum from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Fresno State’s Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center in the Student Recreation Center (Shaw and Woodrow avenues).
The free, public event is presented by Fresno State’s Dream Outreach Center as part of the 50th anniversary of the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission. Co-sponsors are Radio Campesina 95.3, United Farm Workers Foundation and Education and Leadership Foundation.
Discussion at the forum will be focused on how students and families are impacted by immigration, health, education and social services issues in the state.
Rodriguez has served as president of the organization since 1993, after the death of founder Cesar Chavez. His work has contributed to farmworkers’ union rights and legislation, including the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the U.S. Senate in 2013 and President Barack Obama’s executive order in November 2014.
He will be joined by a panel of experts, including: Raul Moreno, coordinator of the Dream Outreach Center at Fresno State; Amparo Cid, program officer for the Sierra Health Foundation; Diana Tellefson-Torres, executive director of the United Farm Workers Foundation; Leoncio Vasquez, executive director of the Centro Binacional Para El Desarollo Indigena Oaxaqueño; and Jonathan E. Crawford, field office director for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The Dream Outreach Center provides services to undocumented students in the Valley, including personal guidance and professional development. There are about 610 undocumented/AB540 students and about 400 migrant students enrolled in the services.
For more information, contact Moreno at 559.278.2048.
(Copy by Erika Denise Castañon, University Communications news assistant).