Dolores Huerta discussed her legacy as a labor activist and her advocacy for women’s rights and minorities’ education Tuesday via Zoom.
Her talk, sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Services, was in honor of International Women’s Day.
Huerta, a social justice advocate and co-founder of the United Farm Workers, talked about how important education is for people of color. She referenced her own Hispanic background and explained the hardship she had to face as a Latina in the United States.
Some Latin Americans want to go to universities to receive an education, but are not able to speak English, she said.
Huerta talked about the courage it takes to stand up for what one believes in.
She said when she was young, she advocated for the working class, women and children. She gained inspiration from her mother to do this for the community.
Huerta also talked about the LGBTQ+ community and said everyone should be themselves and embrace their identities with pride.
“International Women’s Day is an important aspect to anyone who identifies as a woman,” said University of La Verne student, Monica Cruz, sophomore child development major. “All their voices are cherished and deserve to be heard. Everyone’s journey is different.”