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Merlyn Calderon
National Vice President and California Political Director, United Farm Workers of America

CSU Monterey Bay

Global Studies (2001)
  • The youngest of six children and the daughter of farm worker parents, she was the first in her family to attend college.
  • Honored with the Outstanding Senior Award while completing her degree for her record of community service, which included Natividad Medical Center and the Monterey County AIDS project, among others.
  • While attending CSU Monterey Bay, she helped found a community empowerment organization called "Mothers of Chualar." The group ultimately helped secure a source of safe drinking water for the Salinas Valley farming community.
  • In 2008, she was elected a national vice president for United Farm Workers. Her father did not live to see that moment, but her mother, who worked in agriculture for more than 20 years, was present.

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