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For Immediate Release: March 28, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Deliver Keynote at Annual César Chávez Scholarship Breakfast at Providence College

vargas.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Providence College will host the 10th annual César Chávez Scholarship Fund Breakfast on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Lounge on campus (1 Cunningham Square, Providence, R.I.). Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Immigration Reform in 2013: Si Se Puede.”

Vargas is an undocumented immigrant living in the United States since the age of 12 and will share his story of struggle to belong and find success in the U.S.

Vargas covered the tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, and the 2008 presidential campaign for the Washington Post, and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. His 2006 series on HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C. inspired a feature-length documentary -- The Other City -- which he co-produced and wrote. The documentary premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on Showtime. In 2007, the daily journal Politico named him one of the 50 Politicos To Watch. Vargas also founded Define American, an organization seeking to change immigration reform.

He also wrote a widely circulated profile of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg for The New Yorker. Vergas served as a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, where he launched the Technology and College sections and created the Technology as Anthropology blog, which focuses on tech’s impact on people and how they behave.

The César Chávez Scholarship Fund (Chávez Fund), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2004 by a group of individuals from Rhode Island’s Latino community in an effort to assist young Latinos in developing or enhancing their academic goals, and to honor the well-known Latino and civil rights labor leader, César Chávez.         

The lecture is sponsored by the College’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Sociology Department, Black Studies, Global Studies, the Feinstein Institute, the Board of Multicultural Student Activities, and Students Organized Against Racism. For more information on registration and tickets, log onto


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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