UTSA’s designation as a facility serving Hispanics makes it a place for discussion about the causes that continue to impact Hispanics.
“UTSA students have the opportunity to make this university a university that offers advanced studies for Hispanics,” Flores said. “They should be empowered to develop all fields of study that impact and influence Hispanics.”
“La Causa” originated with Californian farm workers who, in 1965, demanded a change in their working conditions. The movement did not stay long in California, however.
“It woke up a whole generation of Chicanos who began to study our history,” recalls Flores, who was instrumental in organizing farmworkers in Texas and establishing committees in colonias, or unincorporated areas. in society, of the Rio Grande Valley.
In 1966, when striking farmworkers in Starr County, Texas marched 400 miles to Austin, schools, universities, churches and people from all walks of life took part in a campaign that “called us all to act to change the way things were, and unfortunately continue to be.
As director of UFW, Flores led the organization’s work advocating for the health, welfare, and civil rights of farmworkers in Texas. She was awarded the San Antonio Peace Laureate in 2019 in recognition of her commitment to being the voice of wisdom and experience in speaking about justice, peace and compassion. His years of dedication to farmworkers and the community earned Flores a member of the AFL-CIO Hall of Fame in 2022.
“We are honored to have Rebecca Flores speaking with our community,” said Myron R. Anderson, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at UTSA. “She played a vital role in the Chicano movement and contributed significantly to the UTSA project”Mapping the Movimiento.'”
Flores hopes that students will emerge from this conversation with a greater awareness of the role of the university in preparing them to be the new force for change.
“These studies should result in students who are or transform and can then enter any field of higher education and/or professional careers and would understand our long history of oppression and the impact on the Hispanic population as a whole and could then set in motion the changes to be made. »