The participants investigate the roles of historical and contemporary Latino philanthropists. They will look at the work of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the farm labor movement within the historical context of Latino activism in the United States.
After researching the life and work of a chosen philanthropist from history, the learner takes on the role of that philanthropist in writing a letter back to the learner. In this letter, the philanthropist shares their motivations and feelings about their work, and compares and contrasts their work with the philanthropic work of the learner.
From stories and examples, participants identify attributes, motivation, and impact of philanthropists.
The learners analyze examples from history of civic virtue and then select the characteristics they believe are most important for enduring citizen engagement.
As a group we define good citizenship, including the classic Roman concept of civic virtue (putting the common good above individual need).