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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?
- 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
- 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.
- To develop leadership among
students. Opportunities for
group dynamics, planning,
staging of organizational
development shape our collective
success, while skills obtained
are transferable to other
- To promote academic
achievement and completion.
M.E.Ch.A. strongly believes that
the self-determination of our
community is based on an
- To build a sense of
carnalismo among Chican@s and
all students on our campus and
in the community.
- To provide opportunities for
local, regional and national
high school and college students
to share and be connected with
- To educate ourselves and
others about Chican@ culture,
history, traditions and
- To build relationships with
youth and serve as a bridge
between high school and
What can I gain by participating in M.E.Ch.A.?
M.E.Ch.A. is training ground for
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
carnalismo, and indigenous and