RCA 30th Anniversary Celebration: Sharing Futures, Speaking Truths, October 20, 2022 5pm-10pm

May 10, 2022


The event has sold out and information about a livestream is forthcoming.

UCSC press release about the renaming of the research center in honor of Dolores Huerta.
Please donate today to UCSC's crowdsource campaign for the Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas.

The event's keynote speaker will be Cristina Jiménez, community organizer and co-founder of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country.

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DATE: October 20, 2022 (Thursday)

TIME: 5pm-10pm
The empanada reception from 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. will be outdoors.
The program begins at 6 p.m.

LOCATION: Cowell Ranch Hay Barn, UC Santa Cruz 

Event highlights: 

✓Keynote address by Cristina Jiménez (link to bio)
✓Tribute to civil rights icon Dolores Huerta (link to bio)
✓Dancing with DJ
✓Empanadas and desserts
✓Interactive photo booth
✓Special invited guests


If you're unable to attend, you can sponsor a student with the above link.

Each admissions ticket comes with three chances to win a $25 Bookshop Santa Cruz gift card.

UCSC Students: $35 (limited number available at this price)**

General Admission: $75

Proceeds directly support RCA programs and operations.

**Select students chosen at random may have their attendance sponsored. Please register in advance if you’d like to be eligible to receive a ticket. You'll be notified by the RCA around September 30th if you're being sponsored. 

Event Cosponsors
Office of the Chancellor * Division of Social Sciences * Humanities Division * Arts Division * Institute for Social Transformation * The Humanities Institute * Institute for the Arts & Sciences * John R. Lewis College * Latin American & Latino Studies Department * Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair in Feminist Studies * Bookshop Santa Cruz * Pajarosa Floral

About Distinguished Honoree: Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta is the Founder and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez.

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 LGBT community, and create strong leadership development. 

She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans 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. Upon receiving this award Dolores said, “The freedom of association means that people can come together in organization to fight for solutions to the problems they confront in their communities. The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today. The civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women’s movement, and the equality movement for our LGBT brothers and sisters are all manifestations of these rights. I thank President Obama for raising the importance of organizing to the highest level of merit and honor.”

About Keynote Speaker: Cristina Jiménez
Community Organizer, Co-Founder & Former Executive Director of United We Dream (UWD)

Cristina Jiménez Moreta is a community organizer, political strategist, and storyteller. She is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. She migrated to the U.S from Ecuador with her family at the age of 13, growing up undocumented.

Over the last decade under Cristina’s leadership, UWD has grown into a powerful network of one million members and has played a pivotal role in shifting the narrative about immigrants and immigration, ultimately influencing policy. Cristina was instrumental in United We Dream’s successful campaign for President Obama to sign Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into law.

In recognition of her work as a social justice organizer, Cristina received a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship, the Four Freedoms Award, and a spot on the TIME 100 List. Cristina has appeared in hundreds of national and local media outlets including USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, ABC, NPR, The Huffington Post, Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post, and El Diario.