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What is M.E.Ch.A.?

M.E.Ch.A. is an acronym for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan. M.E.Ch.A. is much more than a club. As a National student organization M.E.Ch.A. unites Chicano students in their quest to enhance the development of La Raza through education. M.E.Ch.A. believes that political involvement and education constitute the avenue for change in our society. M.E.Ch.A. is a focused organization of committed leaders and members who are role models for our community. M.E.Ch.A. builds and demonstrates strong character in mind and body to accomplish change in attitudes and behavior of our families, friends, and leaders.

What are M.E.Ch.A.'s goals?

  1. To affirm and celebrate diversity amongst M.E.Ch.A. members. This affirmation and celebration is significant in the development of positive and strong cultural identity among Raza students.
  2. To involve students in discussing and acting on social-political issues relevant to our communities. Political activism is significant in producing civic-minded youth and leaders in our communities.
  3. To develop leadership among students. Opportunities for group dynamics, planning, staging of organizational activities, leadership development shape our collective success, while skills obtained are transferable to other environmental settings.
  4. To promote academic achievement and completion. M.E.Ch.A. strongly believes that the self-determination of our community is based on an educated community.
  5. To build a sense of carnalismo among Chican@s and all students on our campus and in the community.
  6. To provide opportunities for local, regional and national high school and college students to share and be connected with UA M.E.Ch.A.
  7. To educate ourselves and others about Chican@ culture, history, traditions and accomplishments.
  8. To build relationships with youth and serve as a bridge between high school and college-aged students.

What can I gain by participating in M.E.Ch.A.?

M.E.Ch.A. is training ground for leadership. Through participation and coordination of M.E.Ch.A. events, members gain invaluable leadership skills. Mechistas also have the privilege of helping fellow students and the community in addition to creating a sense of identity and empowerment. Participating in M.E.Ch.A is a learning and fulfilling experience that develops political consciousness, critical-mindedness, activism, carnalismo, and indigenous and communal creationism.