On February 25, 2014 DCAC and our partner organization, the UC Berkeley Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) gathered to celebrate and honor Elizabeth Chavez, a warrior for college access who positively impacted generations of students by supporting them achieve their dreams of going to college. During her many years with EAOP and DCAC, Liz worked tirelessly to low-income, first-generation students of color in schools and communities throughout the Bay Area.
At this beautiful event held in East Oakland, former students, parents of students, colleagues and friends testified to how Liz had advised them, supported them, mentored them and changed their lives. In fact, every person in attendance received and wore a button that read “Liz Chavez Changed My Life.”
The space was blessed by Aztec Dancers and Liz and her family were celebrated with music, dance, food and the kind of laughter that only Liz can bring out of people. DCAC, EAOP and the field of college access will miss the impact of Liz’s work in the schools, but her legacy continues through the generations of students and staff on who she had such an indelible impact.