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Harvesting Equity: The Intersection of Farmworker Rights and Environmental Justice

Cesar Chavez Series

Harvesting Equity: The Intersection of Farmworker Rights and Environmental Justice

Following a keynote presentation by Maricela Morales, the panel discussion will uncover the impact of historical racism in agriculture and address environmental injustices.

We will engage in discussions about the front-line experiences of farm workers in regard to climate change and exposure to hazardous pesticides, shedding light on environmental racism and their challenging working conditions. Emphasizing comprehensive solutions, our panel of experts will delve into actionable steps through legislative measures, promoting fair labor practices and sustainable agriculture policies. Join us as we foster equality and environmental sustainability by actively participating in community initiatives. "Harvesting Equity" provides a platform to deepen understanding and contribute to positive change.


  • Cynthia Duarte, PhD, assistant professor of Sociology and director of the Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice, California Lutheran University 
  • Robert Dull, PhD, associate professor and chair, Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, California Lutheran University 
  • Maricela Morales, consultant and former executive director, CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy)
  • Lorena Muñoz, PhD, program director for Ethnic and Race Studies, associate professor and interim chief diversity officer, California Lutheran University 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Rafaela Fiore Urizar, PhD, professor and chair, Languages and Cultures, California Lutheran University.

Registration not required.

The event is free and open to the public, light refreshments will be provided.


Pictured: Cesar Chavez, an American labor leader and civil rights activist

Sponsored By
Languages and Cultures, Environmental Studies, the ESPHA Grant, Ethnic and Race Studies and the office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice


Maria Thayer