Leticia Zavala to lecture at Florida Southern
The FSC graduate is International Vice President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2007) —The Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Department of Business and Economics will host Leticia Zavala, International Vice President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), AFL-CIO, on Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on the college campus. Zavala will present "Farm Worker Women," based on her childhood and experience since graduation from Florida Southern in 2002. The event is free and open to the public.
Lavala was born in Zacapu, Michuoacon, Mexico in 1979. She is the third of five children born to a farm worker family of several generations. Upon learning that FLOC won the first three-party collective bargaining agreement with farm workers in northwest Ohio, Zavala’s family joined the union and became active members in extending the benefits of the labor contract into the farms that they worked on. After graduation from Florida Southern, Zavala returned to FLOC as an organizer. She was responsible for the office in Florida during the winter and spring. During the summer and fall she would migrate to North Carolina to run the organizing campaign for the Mount Olive Boycott. During these few years of organizing, she has been able to take on the task of lead organizer in an organization that has a 99 percent male membership.
For further information, contact Dr. Joan Buccino in the business and economics department at 863-680-4277 or email: email@example.com.
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