Key Note Speaker Civil Rights Attorney Mo Jourdane At 15th Annual LatinX Leadership Summit 3/21/19

Latino Civil Rights attorney Maurice “Mo” Jourdane will visit the Auraria Campus in Denver, March 21st as the key note speaker for the 15th annual LatinX   Leadership Summit -Honoring the Past and Creating the Future: Fifteen years of Leadership.

The Latinx Leadership Summit began 15 years ago to offer Auraria students the opportunity to develop their leadership from a LatinX cultural perspective. Honoring the founding of the United Farm Workers Movement and commemorating the tireless and non-violent organizing efforts of co-founders, César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, representatives from CCD, MSU Denver, and CU Denver have created a summit that is dedicated  to  representing all institutions on Auraria Campus.

The event begins with sign in at Thursday March 21 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Cajetan’s event center, includes a community opening blessings ceremony, breakout sessions, lunch, awards ceremony, and a concert with 2MX2.

Jourdane’s key note presentation begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday March 21, in St. Cajetan’s event center. Book sales and a signing will follow his lecture. Denver based Candi CdeBaca founder of the Cross Community Coalition and executive director of Project VOYCE will speak at 2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to book space for your class to attend the event contact Sonia Del Real at or call 303-615-1165.

Jourdane as young staff attorney with the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) organization was charged with protecting farm worker rights through federally supported legal intervention during the early years of César Chavez’s United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC).  His work at CRLA  helped secure several of the farm worker’s most significant victories in their campaign for justice during the nation’s civil rights gains of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

One of Jourdane’s greatest contributions to the advancement of farm workers in the fields of California was his relentless and successful effort to end agricultural employers’ required use of the short-handled hoe by laborers. The hoe, known by farm workers as el cortito (the short one), was the cause of severe and permanent disabling of hundreds of thousands of field laborers.

Jourdane documented his experiences as a civil rights advocate in his books The Struggle for the Health and Legal Protection of Farm Workers: El Cortito, and  Waves of Recovery: The Life of an Advocate of Latino Civil Rights.

Jourdane’s legal experience also includes work with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the Department of Justice and the Labor Commissioner; Deputy Secretary of Legal Affairs in the Governor’s office; Superior Court judge; temporary juvenile court judge; and judicial council with the court of appeals.

Candi Cde Baca  is a native of Denver and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver. She’s the co-founder of Project V.O.Y.C.E., a Denver non-profit that works to empower youth to create change within themselves and their communities. CdeBaca has previously worked at the District of Columbia Public Schools and Excelencia in Education in Washington, D.C. She is accomplished in policy development, federal policy compliance, organizational development, investigation, monitoring, training, motivating and leading diverse groups of people to share a mutual vision and achieve common goals

Journey Through Our Heritage  Team 

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Department of Chicana/o Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Renee Fajardo- Director