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Dolores Huerta to Serve as a California Education Ambassador

June 2021

On June 15, it was announced that State Superintendent Thurmond named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dolores Huerta, and Karen Korematsu to serve as California's Education Ambassadors.

This is exciting news for SCUSD as one of our new schools — Dolores Huerta Middle School — was named in recognition of Huerta’s role in education and as an influential activist and labor leader. Huerta Middle School, along with Agnew Elementary School, will open its doors to students this August.

Dolores Huerta earned her teaching credential over six decades ago and, at age 91, continues to educate, organize, and work on behalf of those most directly impacted by injustice. Most recently, the Dolores Huerta Foundation has provided education and outreach to stop the spread of COVID-19 and motivate individuals to get vaccinated. The foundation has distributed thousands of pounds of non-perishable food to those in need and directed $250,000 in financial assistance to community members in need during the pandemic. Huerta is a recipient of the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama. Last month, she received an honorary doctorate from Yale University, where she said, “A formal education obligates one to serve workers and create a world of justice.” 

“Extraordinary models of social justice inspire us to do better and be better,” State Superintendent of Public Education Tony Thurmond said. “There are few that rival the inspiration of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dolores Huerta, and Karen Korematsu. Each are standard bearers in their own right and have held up a torch to tirelessly lead the way to better educational opportunities for all of California’s students,” Thurmond said.

We can’t think of a better role model for our students!

Read the full news release on the California Department of Education website.