On Thursday, the UNC School of Law will be hosting Farmworker Lunch & Learn, an event organized by the UNC Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA) in collaboration with the UNC Labor & Employment Law Association (LELA).
Taking place during Hispanic Heritage Month, the Farmworker Lunch & Learn will highlight migrant and seasonal farmers across all 100 counties in North Carolina who either live in the state permanently or come from other countries to work in the state.
The event, partially organized by HLLSA, hopes to further the organization’s mission of “uplifting students that are Hispanic or Latino and putting them in positions where they can accomplish their professional goals,” Kevin Quintana, HLLSA's Student Bar Association representative, said.
Quintana said community and mentorship from older students who come from similar backgrounds is important — especially for Hispanic and Latino students at UNC.
Maria Romero, the president of HLLSA, stressed the need to bring focus to not only Latino law students but also the Latino community in general.
She said the board of HLLSA began planning events for the year this summer. Romero added that HLLSA prioritized collaboration with other organizations for these events.
“We wanted to educate students about what the legal conditions are like for farmworkers in North Carolina,” Romero said.
Mackenzie Roche, the president of LELA, said she believes events like this “allow students to understand how the intersections of a lot of different legal interests combine, and what they look like in practice.”
Roche also said the lunch event will highlight how farmworkers and labor rights interact, which is something some students on UNC’s campus might not be aware of.