Ramón Zepeda – January 25th

ramon-zepedaCommunity Voices welcomes its next speaker of the season, Ramón Zepeda from (SAF Program Director). Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) works with farmworkers, students, and advocates in the Southeast and nationwide to create a more just agricultural system. Since 1992, SAF has engaged thousands of students, farmworker youth, and community members in the farmworker movement.

Ramón will be on campus on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 for 2 events:

Luncheon Roundtable (interactive, open dialogue)
12:00pm in the Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center Room F
The roundtable will include a light lunch that is available for $5, or attendees may bring their own. Please RSVP to Regina Naff by noon on Tuesday, January 24, to sign up for lunch (regina50@vt.edu and/or 540-231-6775).

Evening Lecture: “Theater in the Fields”
7:00pm in the Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center Room F
To be followed by question and answer time to engage Ramón Zepeda and to learn about his work with Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF).

Speaker Bio

Ramón Zepeda joined Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) as the Youth Organizer at the end 2011. Ramon was born in a small farming town in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of 10 he moved to Los Angeles, CA to join his family and lived there until migrating to North Carolina in 2002. Ramon participated in SAF’s Levante youth program when he was a senior at Hoke County High School and helped to start an AIM Club for migrant students. In 2005, while studying Sociology at UNC-Pembroke, he participated in SAF’s Into the Fields Internship Program, working at the Western North Carolina Workers’ Center, where he was exposed to the struggles that workers face when they try to organize for better working conditions, dignity, and respect on the job. After graduating college in 2008, Ramon joined the labor movement as a union organizer and worked on campaigns such as the Justice at Smithfield Campaign, in solidarity with workers in a North Carolina pork processing plant, and a Wage Theft Campaign, in solidarity with day laborers in Washington DC. In addition, Ramon has served on SAF’s board of directors and has participated in alumni focus groups.

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