Colleges and universities all over the nation dedicate time to the farm worker plight in the United States. It is often a part of their education as they prepare for careers as social service providers, medical providers, psychologists and similar occupations. The following are only a few ongoing activities designed to educate tomorrow's professionals on the lifestyle and challenges that face this population.
GeorgiaSouthern University promotes its program history:
"The Center for Latino Outreach and Research Services originated in 1996 when Dr. Debra Sabia and a few other political science professors became interested in the migrant farm worker community. Their interest grew out of the political conflict that had erupted in southeast Georgia between local farmers and government authorities over the hiring of illegal laborers and the exploitation of poor illiterate farm workers."
SAF or Student Action with Farmworkers is a non-profit organization administered by Duke University. A part of their mission is to bring students and farmworkers together…
-2005 SAF received an Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award for its role engaging a new generation of activists through the annual Student Labor Week of Action.
-2005 SAF received the Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award from World Hunger Year for its innovative, creative approaches to fighting hunger and poverty in the U.S.
Students at William and Mary in Virginia spent time with farm workers in the produce fields and the packing houses along its coast. The following excerpt can be found at:
The following excerpt is a quote by an individual in the article, identified as Grosh.
"Politicians and their constituents have to grasp the reality that as objectified as migrant farm workers are, they are here, and we have to remember that they are human beings made out of the same cells and tissues that any other people are," she said.
"You asked me about 'sadness,'" she continued. "I think the real sadness is that there are so many people in this country who do not know what migrant workers go through, what they do or that they even exist in local communities such as Williamsburg. I think first we have to acknowledge them, and that would be the first thing to irradicate ignorance. Then maybe we can help each other instead of making the other person the bad guy."
Every person who feels strongly about not persecuting our farm workers needs to vote at every opportunity. These are important years for our country. Your vote most definitely counts in the fight for the basic human rights of a minority population in our country. Please do not forget them...