National Farmerworker Awareness Week

Food for Thought: Farmworkers and the Intersection of Equity, Health & Food

People today are becoming increasingly passionate about the food they eat and where it comes from. But, have we considered where it comes from? Farmworkers continue to live and work in poor conditions and suffer from significant health issues. March 25th-31st is National Farmworker Awareness Week, so take a lunch break and reflect on the labor it takes to get our food.

Funding provided by the College of Health & Human Services Cultural Activities grant


  • Center for Healthy Communities
  • Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • Department of World Languages and Cultures 


Inside the Lives of Farmworkers

Thursday, March 25
Noon – 1 p.m.

UNCW graduate student Cole Bryant will host a presentation about the life and experiences of migrant farmworkers. Bryant served as an intern to aid in farmworker camps; providing resources and support to those who harvest our foods. During his internship, he learned firsthand about the hardships and inequities that farmworkers live with every day. Bryant also learned about the resilience and humanity of those we often disregard in regard to our food system. *Presentation will be conducted in English with Spanish subtitles.

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Film: Dolores

Friday, March 26
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farmworkers union with César Chávez. Tirelessly leading the fight for racial and labor justice, Huerta evolved into one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century — and she continues the fight to this day, in her late 80s. With unprecedented access to this intensely private mother of 11, Peter Bratt's film Dolores chronicles Huerta’s life from her childhood in Stockton, California to her early years with the United Farm Workers, from her work with the headline-making grape boycott launched in 1965 to her role in the feminist movement of the '70s, to her continued work as a fearless activist.

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Exploring the Rights of Migrant Farmworkers

Monday, March 29
Noon – 1 p.m.

View the film Bittersweet Harvest: America's Migrant Farmworkers. Bittersweet Harvest explores the farmworkers who feed America, yet migrant laborers remain underprivileged and exploited. 

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Living and Working Safely: Challenges for Farmworkers

Tuesday, March 30
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Panelists will answer questions about the experiences of migrant farmworkers, explain the living and working conditions of migrant farmworkers, and highlight the overall health of the community. They will talk about resources and organizations that currently support this community.

Panelists include:

  • Ann Watson, MSW, Farmworker Health Strategic Operations & Collaborations Specialist, NC Farmworker Health Program, Office of Rural Health
  • Roberto Rosales, Farm Workers Health and Safety Educator, NC Cooperative Extension, Wilson, Nash & Edgecombe Counties
  • Yazmin García Rico, Director, Latinx Policy & Strategy, NC Department of Health & Human Services
  • Angelica Santibanez-Mendez, Manos Unidas Program Director/Outreach Nurse, Black River Health Services, Inc.

Moderated by Amanda Boomershine, UNCW Department of World Languages and Cultures and Latino Alliance, Graduate Coordinator, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics.

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