The statue unveiling ceremony is Oct. 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Main Mall. The Chavez statue will be the first of a Latino on the university’s 123-year-old campus. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will conclude with the unveiling of the statue on the West Mall. The university’s Tower will be illuminated bright orange the evening of Oct. 9 in recognition of the statue.
The week of Chavez statue activities is one that psychology sophomore Maria Delgado knows will leave a lasting memory when she looks back at her college experience.
“(The statue) is a symbol that we belong on campus also,” said Delgado, co-director of finance for the Latino Leadership Council, “that our ancestors did not fight in vain and that we have a wonderful community that works towards change and ultimately that we are here to stay.”
The leadership council was instrumental in making the Chavez statue a reality along with the student group “We are Texas Too,” formed in fall 2000. Chavez was the leader students selected to recognize through a student referendum.
Luis Guevara, past-president of the Hispanic Faculty Staff Association, said the Chavez statue makes the university more complete.
“I think the statue is an important symbol that captures not just the likeness of a Mexican American hero,” he said, “but also the power of activism and social change in both the U.S. and on the university campus.”
For more information on the Chavez statue project and the dedication week events go to http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/cesarchavez/index.php.