Dolores Huerta Speaks on Healthcare Rights for Migrant Workers

Oakland, Calif. (September 17, 2015) — Dolores Huerta, a human rights icon and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association, will speak to students and the public at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) about social justice and equitable healthcare for migrant farm workers Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m.

Ms. Huerta was invited by SMU, Oakland’s 106-year-old health sciences university that educates future healthcare professionals to work in diverse and underserved communities. This event is part of the University’s shared reading of the critically acclaimed, “Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States.”

The non-fiction book, which chronicles the harsh physical and emotional conditions endured by farm workers and the health disparities they suffer, is the selected title for SMU’s 2015 Community Reads initiative. Ms. Huerta, among other accomplishments, helped secure disability insurance for farm workers in the State of California in 1963.

“Dolores Huerta’s courage as an activist and organizer serves as inspiration to our future healthcare professionals,” said Shirley Strong, Chief Diversity Officer at SMU. “As healthcare providers we often talk about getting healthy by eating fruits and vegetables, but we do not want our health to come at the cost of exploiting others.”

At 85, Ms. Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children.

Who: Human rights activist and organizer Dolores Huerta

What:  “Social Justice and Equitable Healthcare”

When: Thursday, September 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with reception to follow.

Where: Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

How: $10 tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets –

Event Contact: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 510.869.1525,

Media Contact: Justin Berton, Office of the President, 510.869.6511ext.3250,

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