INDIANAPOLIS — The IUPUI Latino Student Association will host the 7th Annual César Chávez Celebration Dinner Sunday today in the Wabash Rooms 1, 2 and 3 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6 p.m., and the keynote address at 7 p.m.
Motivational speaker Ernesto Mejia is the keynote speaker for the dinner. Mejia, the son of Mexican immigrants, is formerly associate dean of student success at Morton College.
Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain-Barre Syndrome at the age of 16 that left him temporarily paralyzed, Mejia was not supposed to be a successful student, much less a college dean of students. Through his hardships, Mejia learned to never give up on life. He now speaks to students, parents and teachers about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American dream: education.
The César Chávez Celebration Dinner recognizes the life work of César Chávez whose commitment to justice and human dignity has led to equal rights for migrant workers and still inspires the Latino community today. This year’s theme is “We Have Seen the Future Y Es De Nosotros!”