Six weeks after the unveiling of the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education’s (CECCHE) Identi-Tree, students across campus continue to leave memories on the leaves of the ever-growing tree.
The Identi-Tree allows students to pick a paper leaf and write down a memory, story or tradition from their family to share with others.
“The future of the tree is to continue to upgrade it,” third-year anthropology student Audrey Covarrubias-Aguilera said. “We want people new to the center to contribute their stories, and over the next quarters we will host a series of events to encourage students to continue adding to the tree.”
Students can either write their name, or remain anonymous, while getting the chance to read the stories others have shared.
The Identi-Tree symbolizes the diversity, which is present through the campus community.
The CECCHE has always worked to make sure all students feel welcome, and to continue to promote unity and diversity on campus.
The Identi-Tree is a reminder for the campus community to encourage students to learn from each other.
“I think the center has always been a pretty diverse place, and we are aware each student has a different story,” Covarrubias-Aguilera said.
The Identi-Tree is a permanent addition to the CECCHE center and wants it to become something that new incoming students know and recognize.
The event “Spread the Love,” was held earlier this quarter to encourage students to contribute to the tree.
“Even if you’re already aware of the CECCHE center, it’s nice to have the opportunity to read the traditions and stories of the people around us,” third-year history student Claudia Morales said.
The tree has been an ongoing success and the center continues to plan and organize more events.
“We really want people to come into the center to explore and get to know the different programs we offer, and hopefully help build our community, and the tree is hopefully a step towards that,” Covarrubias-Aguilera said.
The center is now focused in planning Cesar Chávez week to celebrate individuals that participated in the Delano grape boycott.
The boycott was led by Cesar Chavez between 1965 to 1970 as the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and the United Farm Workers boycotted for fair wages and better work conditions.
The CECCHE center will be hosting a variety of events in the spring 2018 quarter between April 2 to April 6 to further promote the Identi-Tree across campus.
The Cesar Chavez Center is located in building 95 across from the Career Center and the Campus Center Marketplace.
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