Aug 05, 2020
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Students start club inspired by civil rights activist

Fresno State students are eager to kick off their new organization, the Dolores Huerta Club. 

During the Clubs and Organization Fair on Feb. 5, the group of students had set up a table away from the event (because they are not official yet) and received many students who were interested in joining. 

Inspired by Dolores Huerta, the club would like to create a safe place for students to come together to empower their voices for social justice in all communities.  

At 89, Huerta continues to inspire those around the Central Valley with her speeches about underrepresented communities. 

“Dolores, she is strong, fierce, empowerment,” said Damien Bautista, president of the Dolores Huerta Club. “This lady is amazing.”

Bautista, in collaboration with Dayana Lopez, community organizer for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, had the idea of this new club stirring up for a while already.

“We are really excited to create something where people can come and have a safe place where everyone is welcome,” said Lopez. “We are so excited to see where this leads and what change we could bring to Fresno State and the community.” 

The goal is to continue Huerta’s legacy into the campus community to guide and provide a platform where students can come together to make a change in the community. 

“Diversity is key,” said Bautista. “We welcome as much input from students as possible; the more input the better.”

The club will be educational with resources provided to the students and will also provide activities like movie nights. 

Lopez had mentioned that other club members have already reached out to collaborate with them. 

Lopez said, “All of us have a voice; it’s just the matter of being empowered and using it.”

For more information about the club, contact Bautista at (559) 643-9076 or Lopez at (559) 328-9635

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