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Becoming an Activist: A Conversation with Dolores Huerta

April 1, 2020
A Conversation with Dolores Huerta
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Becoming an Activist: A Conversation with Dolores Huerta

How can people work together to raise their voices and demand the rights they have been denied? How do social movements create lasting change? Join us for a conversation with Dolores Huerta, a civil rights icon and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), where we'll discuss her life's work, current activism, and our new lessons on the United Farmers Workers.  From a young person angered by racial and economic injustice to a central organizer of a nationwide boycott, which at its height included 17 million participants and resulted in the nation's first unions for farmworkers, her story and activism illuminate the complexity—and necessity—of learning to make a difference in today's world. 

During the webinar, we will:  

  • (Re)introduce you to Dolores Huerta, her early activism and on-going work with agricultural communities, political organizing, and advocacy on health, education, and economic development

  • Provide you with ways to help students think about their own activism using Dolores Huerta's life and philosophy

  • Explore new lessons, teaching strategies, classroom activities, and multimedia resources to use in your classroom 

Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 5 PM - 6 PM PST. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

About the Presenters 

Dolores Huerta

Founder & President

Delores Huerta Foundation

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. 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 (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBTQIA community, and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.


Mary Hendra

Program Director for Los Angeles and Organizational Innovation

Facing History and Ourselves

Mary Hendra leads the Southern California program team for Facing History and Ourselves. In addition to designing and facilitating workshops, seminars, teacher coaching, and in-depth school work, Mary leads the California statewide work for Facing History and Ourselves, sustaining authentic partnerships and collaboration to meet the needs of educators and schools throughout the state. She has recently been actively involved in deepening teacher engagement for equity with attention to implementation of the FAIR Education Act.


April 1, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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