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Champion of Change

Mary Jo Dudley

Mary Jo Dudley was recognized at the White House as a “Champion of Change” who, like Cesar Chavez, have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others throughout their community and across the nation. The director of the Cornell Farmworker Program was one of 10 leaders honored at a special ceremony on March 29, ahead of what would have been the civil rights leader’s 85th birthday on March 31. Dudley, MRP ‘96, was recognized for improving the living and working conditions of farmworkers and their families by educating farmworkers and their employers on health, safety, cultural, and immigration issues and by conducting research that examines the contributions of farmworkers to the economic and social fabric of New York. She is also a founding member of the Tompkins County Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, and a member of the New York State Governor’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.