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Leading Voices: Dolores Huerta `10

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:00pm

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Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and community organizer. She began her educational journey earning a teaching certificate at Pacific, and found her calling at the Stockton Community Service Organization.

In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as vice-president and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development.

She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in l998, and an honorary degree from Pacific in 2010. In 2012, President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

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