The Enriqueta Chavez Papers (1955-2000) document Chavez's work as a student activist, educator, counselor, and advocate for bilingual education. Highlights
include materials relating to the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán's (MEChA) role in the operation and administration
of the Mexican-American Studies Department. The majority of material dates from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s and primarily
details Chavez's affiliation with MEChA, her tenure as a lecturer in the Mexican-American Studies Department, and her early
activism. Her papers include correspondence, syllabi, articles, course files, handouts, newspapers, conference material, and
reports. The collection is divided into three series: the Groups and Organizations Files (1965-2000), Education Files (1962-1980), and Publications (1955-1980).
Enriqueta Chavez (neé Valenzuela), also known as Henri, grew up in Imperial Valley, California. During her childhood, her
family went to Fresno every summer to work as grape pickers. After graduating high school in 1968, Chavez attended San Diego
State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Chicano Studies in 1973, followed by a Master
of Science in Counselor Education one year later. While a student at SDSU, Chavez helped to found the SDSU chapters of the
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) and Las Chicanas. She attended the first National Chicano Youth Conference
in Denver, Colorado, and became very active in the Chicano movement. In 1974, Chavez began lecturing in the Mexican-American
Studies Department at SDSU (now named the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department). As a lecturer, Chavez helped to develop
the curriculum of the department. Her classes generally centered on Chicana issues.
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