My Life as a Migrant Farmworker is the topic of a 7 p.m. presentation Tuesday, March 30, in Room 310 of the Nebraskan Student Union at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Ella Ochoa, cofounder of the Nebraska Association of Farmworkers, will give the presentation as part of the Cesar Chavez Celebration. The talk is free and open to the public.
Ochoa was a migrant farmworker working numerous crops in various states. She then dedicated her life to working with farmworker programs such as the Iowa Migrant Action Program, Nebraska Department of Labor Migrant Program, Illinois Migrant Council, North Dakota Migrant Program and the Texas Migrant Council.
She was a member of the delegation representing President Clinton to the inauguration for President Banzar in Bolivia. Among numerous awards, she has received recognition as “Woman of the Year” from the Nebraska Commission on the Status of Women. In 1997, the Government of Mexico recognized her with the Othli Award given to persons advocating for the Hispanic Community abroad. The Othli is named for an indigenous Mexican word meaning “path.” The award, created in 1990, recognizes people for efforts to improve living conditions for Mexican Americans, and to strengthen diplomatic ties between Texas and Mexico.
The event is sponsored by the Hispanic Student Association, Office of the Chancellor, Office of Student Life and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
For more information, contact Phyllis Harris, director of Multicultural Affairs, 308.865.8127 or Jenny Holen at 308.865.8528.