United Farm Workers Unity Week started on a personal note for Kim Cárdenas ’17, who kicked off the week-long speaker series with a discussion of student Chicanx identity on Monday.
The Unity Week was founded to honor co-founder Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and is comprised of events fostering bridges between multiple organizations on campus recognizing the UFW people and their movement.
“Once I got to Cornell, I really started to think about my sense of identity,” Cárdenas said. “I became free to have choices to be able to distinguish myself from the average Cornell student because I didn’t come from the same upbringing.”
Barbara Cruz ’19, political chair of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán — a club that provides a voice for Chicanx students — shared a similar experience.
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