Farmworkers’ experiences during COVID

farmer workers and covid in Oregon

On our newest podcast episode, we feature, Reyna Lopez’s talk, “Essentially Forgotten?” highlighting the impacts of COVID-19 on the Latinx farm working community in Oregon.

Reyna Lopez is a leader and proud daughter of immigrants from Mexico, who came to Oregon in the late 80’s following the migration of farm work in the Marion County area. She is currently the Executive Director of PCUN, which was started by farmworkers and is now Oregon’s longest standing Latinx led organization. Reyna grew up in Salem, Oregon and graduated from Willamette University with her BA in Political Science and Sociology. For over a decade, she has been a fierce leader and advocate for the Latinx community in Oregon, receiving the Immigrant Award from the American Association of Immigration Lawyers of Oregon, and Willamette University’s Young Alumni of the Year Award for her work in social justice causes, campaigns, movement and coalition building.

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Reyna’s talk was given during our 2020 Fall Symposium last November, where speakers addressed work as a social determinant of health. To learn more about our 2021 Spring Symposium, “Adapting to Climate Change for Worker Safety, Health and Well-being” on May 21st and to view Reyna’s talk and access previous symposia recordings, visit our Symposia page.

farmerworks and covid in Oregon