50 years later, a pioneering Chicano college in Oregon continues to inspire the fight for educational equity

Colegio César Chávez closed in 1983 after drawn-out battles over inherited debt, but the school’s legacy lives on in Oregon’s classrooms and halls of power. College leaders and graduates went on to inspire and mentor Latino education advocates shaping the state today.

That influence was on full display last month when former lawmakers, superintendents, state and federal education leaders trekked to Mt. Angel to remember Colegio and discuss next steps for achieving educational equity for Oregon’s Latino students.

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