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UNM CAMP Celebrates Farmworkers Awareness Week

March 24, 2017 - Dorene DiNaro

Farmworker Awareness Week Flyer The UNM College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) will join hundreds of educational institutions and community organizations across the country in celebrating farmworkers during its fifth annual Farmworker Awareness Week, March 29-30 on the UNM campus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UNM Student Union Building Atrium. 

The event, hosted by CAMPerinos is dedicated to bringing awareness to issues many of our Southwest farmworkers face, as well as honoring local farmers, and agricultural advocates including Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. 

On Wednesday, March 29, participants will hear from student farmworkers about their experiences and learn about current farm work issues. Thursday, March 30, titled Día de la Mujer Campesina will celebrate women farmworkers and the history of “La Causa”. This event brings awareness to farm worker issues, recognizes local farmers, agricultural advocates, and the contributions of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

CAMPerinos will also be hosting the Cesar Chavez blood drive both days.  The March 29 blood drive will take place in the SUB Ballrooms and March 30, it will be located outside of the SUB in the Blood Mobile.

All events will feature various speakers, students, staff, faculty, and advocates from the Albuquerque community and will take place in the UNM Student Union Building Atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 29-30.

Along with bringing awareness to farmworker issues, CAMP is collection long sleeve cotton breathable shirts donations. These shirts allow farmworkers to be have some protection against the sun when they are working out on the fields. The drive runs now through Friday, April 7 at Graduate Resource Center, Mesa Vista Hall third floor, CEOP in the University Advisement and Enrichment Center third floor,  Cancer Research Facility Ground Floor on North Campus, ABQ Center for Peace and Justice, and National Hispanic Cultural Center Lobby. There will also be a bin at the SUB from March 29-30.

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a federally funded program established to identify, recruit, admit, and enroll students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds in higher education. CAMP provides students with academic, social, and financial support to enable the completion of their first year of college.

Farmworker Awareness Week is the result of a collaborative effort between the UNM College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), UNM High school Equivalency Program (HEP), UNM Camperinos student organization, the Recuerda a Cesar Chavez Committee, the UNM Graduate Resource Center (GRC), Project of New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC), La Plazita Institute, Albuquerque Food Corps, El Centro de la Raza, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) student organization, Mexican Student Association, Los Jardines Institute, UNM Food Justice initiative and the Town of Atrisco Land Grant, Community Engagement Center, Juntos, Luther House, and La Cosecha.

For more information on CAMP program or FAW, please visit the CAMP website or call 505-277-5492.