The Lodi Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) heard two speakers who shared their experiences and knowledge about diversity and immigration at its March 16 meeting.
AAUW member Linda Hammons, who is also a board member of the Breakthrough Project, presented the history, goals and vision for that group. She explained that the Breakthrough Project was formed the week after the Jan. 30, 1998 cross burning on the lawn at Tokay High School. The project seeks to foster a community that celebrates diversity and values the uniqueness of each member of the human family.
Hammons then introduced Dr. Al Ortiz, who has spent 40 years as a professor at San Joaquin Delta College. He specializes in U.S. history, political science, Chicano history and history of the southwest. Ortiz spoke about his own history in California and of how all the southwestern states are closely connected to Mexico since they were originally Spanish territories. He also explained the immigration positions of some of the current candidates for governor.
AAUW meets on the third Tuesday of every month from September through April at the United Congregational Christian Church hall with a social time at 6:30 p.m., a speaker at 7 p.m. and a general meeting at 7:45 p.m.