Earlier this year when the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) abruptly canceled Cesar Chavez Day as a holiday, the protest amongst the Hispanic students was loud and clear. And now it appears those protests have been heard and the holiday has been reinstated.
Yesterday, UTEP’s administration voted to reinstate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st as a ‘no class day’. They noted that they now fully understood ‘state requirements for staff holidays’ and meant to disrespect to the civil rights leader.
UTEP’s Latino population is 76 percent and no in put was asked of them or of any of the students when the school made the decision.
“The removal of Cesar Chavez Holiday from the list of days dedicated to mark important events or leaders is not merely administrative, but an act with deep consequences. Texas has already banned Cesar Chavez from elementary and secondary textbooks.
This makes UTEP’S leading role even more important.” said Adrian Rivera, a Bilingual Education student who is the coordinator for Students for Cesar Chavez.