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Document Details


Title: Cavada, Viviana
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Ms. Cavada discusses her family history and genealogy. She recounts her experiences with racist attitudes in Victoria and Crystal City, Texas. She describes the circumstances that resulted in her parent's decision to send her for a private school education. She talks about graduating from Texas A & I University at Kingsville and teaching at Presbyterian Pan American School. She tells about the difficulties she experienced getting employment in the Texas Schools as a consequence of losing her teaching position with the Eagle Pass, Texas Independent School District due to her political activities. Ms. Cavada explains why she lost her job with project SER (Service, Education, Rehabilitation) following a disagreement with its director. She describes her employment with Voluntarios de Atzlán where she learned to write grant proposals for Atzlán social initiative projects. She elaborates upon the politics involved with getting a health care clinic started for the poor. Ms. Cavada recalls the details on Becas Para Aztlán programs, which were educational grants from the University of Mexico for Mexican Americans seeking professional degrees. She also talks about her election to the Crystal City School Board and the politics of school bond elections. Ms. Cavada describes the events that led her to pursue a law degree at the University of Houston. She recalls her impressions of Corky González's leadership during the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She reflects on her role in the events of the Chicano movement during the era of civil rights activism and she elaborates upon her accomplishments and failures fighting for improved social conditions and civil rights reform for Mexican Americans in Texas.
Extent: 109 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_066.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Cavada, Viviana Santiago, 1945-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 28-Aug-1945
Speaker place of birth: Victoria County, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 53
Document location: Corpus Christi, TX
Document date: 29-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; Project SER, San Antonio, TX; Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX
Locations discussed: Crystal City, TX; North America; Texas; United States; Victoria County, TX
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Crystal City, TX; Education; Education, Higher; Family; Family--History; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Private schools; Project SER, San Antonio, TX; Public schools; Racism; School administrators; School boards; Teachers; Texas; Texas A&I University, Kingsville, TX; United States; Victoria County, TX
Topics discussed - Other terms: Becas Para Aztlan programs; Eagle Pass, Texas Independent School District; Presbyterian Pan American School; Voluntarios de Atzlan
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000191-136