Panel to Discuss Same Sex Marriage & Fair Immigration Policies

The Michi & Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies, Jose Calderon, presents a panel discussion on “Defending Human Rights: Same Sex Marriage & Fair Immigration Policies,” Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4-6 p.m., in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Major Room C.

The panel includes the following speakers:

  • Christine Chavez, Southern California political director for the United Farm Workers; granddaughter of Cesar Chavez; 2006 California State Assembly 45th District candidate; and coordinator of the annual Cesar Chavez Walk, an event that attracts more than 10,000 people.
  • Victor Narro, project director of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center; former co-executive director of Sweatshop Watch; and former worker's rights project director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
  • Marshall Wong, senior human relations consultant and hate crime coordinator with the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission; member of steering committee of API Equality L.A., a coalition that works to advance marriage equality for same sex couples in the Asian Pacific community.

The authors will explore how same sex marriage and new immigration issues have been used to create confusion and division among the American public. At the same time, the authors will discuss the strategies being implemented to advance policies that defend same sex marriage and fair immigration policies as part of a human rights agenda.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Michi & Walter Weglyn Chair in Multicultural Studies was established in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences during Fall 2004 for the purpose of promoting the interdisciplinary study of multiculturalism including gender, ethnicity, sexuality, race and class. Each year, the chair establishes a teaching, scholarship/creative activity and community-based program in his or her area of expertise.

For more information, contact Jose Calderon, the Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies, at (909) 869-3524 or by e-mail at