September 30, 2003 :: No. 56
California Rural Assistance
League Honors Cal State Fullerton Professor
Isaac Cardenas, chair of the Chicana and Chicano
Studies Department at California State University, Fullerton, was
honored recently with the California Rural Assistance League’s
2003 Educator Award.
The league is a statewide, nonprofit social justice
organization dedicated to legal advocacy for farm workers and other
rural low-income families throughout California.
Cardenas, a resident of Rowland Heights, was recognized
for his achievements in education and for playing a significant
role in the Latino community. A member of the Cal State Fullerton
faculty since 1974, Cardenas has chaired the Chicana and Chicano
Studies Department for nearly 26 years. He was reappointed to the
post in 2001.
“I feel greatly honored by this award,”
said Cardenas. “I think it is representative of the important
contributions that Cal State Fullerton is making to the Latino community.”
Over the years, Cardenas has received numerous awards,
including being named Educator of the Year by the Hispanic Bar Association
of Orange County in 2000. He also has received honors from the Association
of Mexican American Educators, League of United Latin American Citizens,
CSUF Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association and the Independent
Latino Student Association.
He has served as a faculty sponsor to the annual
Latino College Leadership Institute and developed a number of programs
that involve university students in community service. In addition,
he has been involved in programs for both high school and elementary
school students, some of which are specifically directed at children
of migrant farm workers.
||Isaac Cardenas, Chicana and Chicano Studies,