Christian University Honors Cesar Chavez with Discussion of 14th Amendment

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Public invited to George Fox University's March 31 event, which will include panel discussion on how amendment applies to immigration law

George Fox will honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez with a panel discussion March 31.

George Fox will honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez with a panel discussion March 31.

George Fox University will host a discussion, “The Future of the 14th Amendment,” in commemoration of the life of Cesar Chavez from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Room 105 of the university’s Hoover Academic Building. The public is invited at no charge.

The event, sponsored by the university’s Center for Peace and Justice, Office of Transitions and Inclusion and Latino Heritage Club, will feature a panel that includes local students and political science experts. They will discuss the implications concerning that section of the 14th Amendment that states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens.”

The purpose of the event is to have dialogue about proposed legislation that seeks to limit the scope of the amendment, according to Joel Perez, dean of transitions and inclusion at George Fox. “We want to encourage attendees to come prepared to ask questions and to learn about this issue as it relates to immigration reform,” he said.

Among those expected to participate is Dr. Mark David Hall, the Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the university who specializes in American political theory and the relationship between religion and politics. He is the author or coeditor of six books on the American founding era.

Also present will be Dr. Drick Etulin, a professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico who specializes in the history and culture of the American West and the modern U.S. He is the author of more than 45 books on American West culture and history.

“As an educational institution we strive to provide opportunities for the campus community and surrounding community to learn about issues that impact our culture,” Perez said. “Civil discourse is essential to a democratic society, and we strive to model that on our campus.”

Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. A Mexican American, Chavez was among the best-known Latino civil rights activists during the 1960s and 1970s. His public relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. Many states honor him on March 31, his birthday.

Created in December 1984 as the Center for Peace Learning, the Center for Peace and Justice helps people understand and manage the many forms of conflict. The center’s goal is to nurture agents of hope, people who embody in their citizenship, careers, and daily lives God’s promised gifts of peace and reconciliation.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Joel Perez
Dean of Transitions and Inclusion


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