Si Se Puede (“Yes We Can”) is the theme of Thursday’s bilingual end-of-the-year educational recognition event at Woodland Community College. The free celebration, hosted by the Chicano studies class, will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Community Room 800 at the college, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland.
Community members who have mentored Latino students will be recognized, including alumni Eric Alfaro and Aileen Belen Hernandez and local residents Jesse Ortiz, Adelita Serena and Kevin Williams.
The keynote speaker is Carlos Alcala, a 1973 Harvard Law School graduate who earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas El Paso. He served as a full-time volunteer and chief trial attorney for United Farm Workers leaders César Chávez and Dolores Huerta.
Alcala is a former associate professor of Chicano studies at UC Berkeley and the former national director of education litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. He chairs the Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party and is the policy and governmental affairs consultant for the California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.