Executive Director of Cesar Chavez Foundation Andres Chavez Visits Chandler

Andres Chavez, the grandson of civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, visited Chandler School as part of his work as the executive director of the Cesar Chavez Foundation on March 22, 2023. The visit, coordinated by Spanish Teacher Señora Vasquez and the middle school leadership elective class Cesar Chavez Committee, was an opportunity for students to learn about the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the ongoing work of the foundation to promote social justice and empower marginalized communities.

During his visit, Andres spoke to students about his grandfather's life and legacy. Cesar Chavez was a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) in the 1960s to advocate for better working conditions for migrant farmworkers. He also formed alliances across races and nationalities, sharing a common struggle against inequality. Chavez's advocacy for workers' rights inspired a nationwide movement for social justice that continues to this day.

Andres Chavez also shared his own experiences working with the Cesar Chavez Foundation, which was founded in 1993 to honor his grandfather's legacy and promote social justice. Chandler Alum Morgan Dickerson ‘12, uncle of current students Barrett ‘27 and Reid Dickerson ‘29, also served as executive director of the foundation preceding Andres. The foundation works to empower Latino communities and other marginalized groups by providing educational opportunities, affordable housing, and other resources. Andres also oversees the historical archives and the Cesar Chavez National Monument in Kern County. 

Chandler School students had the opportunity to ask Andres questions about his work with the foundation and how they could get involved in social justice causes. Andres emphasized the importance of education and community involvement in creating positive change. In anticipation of the visit, students organized a tamale fundraiser and presented a check to fund education in underserved communities to the Cesar Chavez Foundation. 

The visit from Andres was an important opportunity for Chandler School students to learn about the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the ongoing work of the foundation to promote social justice. By learning about the struggles and successes of the past, Chandler students are better equipped to become advocates for social justice in their own lives and communities.