Maria Rocha Papers
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Maria Rocha has a long history of civic involvement focusing on the rights of the working class, older Americans and the Latino community in Austin, Texas. She graduated from St. Edwards University with a BLS in gerontology. She worked as the Supervisor of Senior Community Services for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and was selected by the National Council for Senior Citizens as one of the top eight project directors in the nation in 1983 for the Senior AIDES project. She also worked for the Austin Electric Utility Department (now Austin Energy) as a Consumer Services Supervisor. In addition she has served as president of the Austin chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees AFL-CIO during a time that the organization needed a passionate organizer to make the union a strong political entity. She recognized the power of public access television for educating, for organizing and for energizing people and was a longtime member of the Austin Community Television's board of directors.
The Maria Rocha Papers documents Rocha's involvement with civic organizations in the Austin area, and the positions of responsibility she served within them as an employee and as a board member during the 1980s and early 1990s. Included are newspaper clippings highlighting her work in the community; letters of appreciation and awards from local community leaders, employers and community organizations; programs from conferences she participated in; and several copies of the "older adult notebook" columns she wrote for the Austin American-Statesman in the 1980s.
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Maria Rocha Papers (AR.2003.025). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2003/107
Donation Date: 2003
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2011.
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