February 22, 2021
Assemblymember Medina to Be Honored,
Panel to Discuss Chávez' Legacy
Moreno Valley College will hold its César E. Chávez Scholarship Ceremony on Tuesday, March 30, at 3 pm, virtually via webinar. Assemblymember Jose Medina will be honored with the César E. Chávez Legacy Award. To reserve a seat in the virtual webinar, click here.
Medina, a former Poly High School instructor and Riverside Community College District Board member, was elected to the California Assembly in November of 2012. He served three terms on the RCCD Board of Trustees and was a member on the board of the Jurupa Unified School District. Since taking office, Medina has worked to ensure the region has a well-educated workforce. As chair of the Committee on Higher Education, he has championed funds for the UC Riverside School of Medicine; secured financial support for the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry of the Riverside Art Museum; and championed policies that strengthen community college education and support for students. He understands how an educated workforce is critical to the success of California.
The Campaign for College Opportunity recently honored Medina with a Distinction in Preserving College Dreams award for his leadership in advocating to ensure students have a path to equitable admissions at California public universities. When the University of California and the California State University systems pondered admission changes restricting access for Black, Latinx and low-income students, Medina introduced Assembly Bill 1930 which demanded transparency and coordination in the decision-making process of changing college admissions requirements.
The College originally planned on honoring Medina last March, but the event had to shelved as the COVID pandemic took a foothold in California.
This year's virtual event will feature a panel discussion on how César E. Chávez' human rights work influenced them and their work as community leaders. The panelists will feature Medina, a UC Riverside graduate; Mary Figueroa, president, RCC Board of Trustees and the 2019 winner of the César E. Chávez Legacy Award; as well as Julio Gonzalez, co-chair of the César E. Chávez Committee, director of Educational Partnerships at MVC and board member of Val Verde Unified School District Board. Christopher Sweeten, vice president of Student Services at MVC, will lead the discussion.
"Assemblymember Medina has been a champion for education in the Inland Empire, first as a high school teacher and then as a board member," Robin Steinback, president, said. "Throughout his career, he has seen firsthand how an education improves lives, strengthens communities and drives economic opportunity. Assemblymember Medina believes strongly in MVC's mission and understands the importance of investing in education and the community college system.
"He has been a servant of the people, seeking prosperity for all cultures whether through education or other means. He exemplifies what it means to be a community leader. His leadership at the region and state level has truly made a difference in our community and the College's path to becoming a comprehensive institution for Valley residents."
Additionally, seven scholarships will be rewarded. MVC students competed in a virtual visual arts competition, with one student winning $1,000 and two others receiving $600. The two local high school districts each selected two students to honor based on their academic success and service to the high school and/or community. Each receives a $500 scholarship.
This year's theme is — ¡Viva la causa! We are suffering. We have suffered. And we are not afraid to suffer in order to win our cause.