California State University, Northridge hosted the fifth-annual Cesar Chavez Service Fair on March 18 to promote community involvement and honor the legacy of Chavez, whose birthday falls on March 31 (a state holiday, when the campus is closed). Hundreds of CSUN students visited an array of information booths for local nonprofit organizations, and participants enjoyed a taco lunch and mariachi band performance. More than 30 nonprofits set up tables along Cleary Walk West, next to the Oviatt Library. Campus organization Unified We Serve sponsored the event.
On March 25, the Matador Involvement Center also showed the recent Cesar Chavez biopic on campus. On Wednesday, April 1, CSUN will wrap up the Chavez celebrations with a mentor day, when about 100 middle school students from the San Diego area will visit campus for a first-hand look at higher education. The teens and pre-teens will learn about Chavez’s life and work with CSUN students to assemble plants for community gardens around the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call the Matador Involvement Center at (818) 677-5111.