National Farmworker Awareness Week is March 25-31.

Mar 13, 2018 · Lorrie Pellack

National Farmworker Awareness Week (NFAW) is a week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farmworker issues on our campuses and in our communities. In 2018, we celebrate the 19th Annual National Farmworker Awareness Week to raise awareness about farmworker conditions and to honor their important contributions to us every day.

Engineering Student Services will hold a long-sleeve shirt drive for farmworkers in Iowa during this awareness week. March 25-30, information tables and drop-off boxes will be in the Marston Hall front entrance and Parks Library. A screening of the Food Chains documentary, followed by a panel discussion, will take place from 5:10 to 7 p.m., Tues., March 27, in 1652 Gilman Hall. Information about the national awareness week can be found at on the AFOP website. Donated items will be given to Proteus Inc., a healthcare agency in Des Moines that works with Iowa Farmworkers. Questions regarding events at Iowa State University can be directed to Christy Oxendine.

The ISU Library has a wealth of resources related to farmworkers, on a diverse range of topics: healthcare, farm safety, advocating for pesticide reform, child farmworkers, family life, migrant workers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and, of course, many related to Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement. There are numerous poignant stories that follow families as they struggle to get out of farm labor, including oral histories of Mexican migrant workers and their families. To learn more about the daily challenges of farmworkers, see the Farmworker Awareness Library Guide.

For additional information, contact Lorrie Pellack.