Our Story: MEChA 101
1) What does MEChA mean?
MEChA is an acronym for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (Chicanx Student Movement of Aztlán).
2) How was MEChA formed?
Prior to 1969, there were various Mexican Student organizations such as the Mexican American Student Conference (MASC), United Mexican American Students (UMAS), and Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) throughout the Southwest (Aztlán). In March 1969, students, teachers, and community activists met at the University of California at Santa Barbara and drafted El Plan de Santa Barbara, a Chicanx plan for higher education. At this meeting, it was agreed upon that all participating student organizations from there on would be known as MEChA.
3) Is Chicanx meant exclusively for people of Mexican descent?
No, the term Chicanx is inclusive to all Raza living in Aztlán or rather, those who orient their political ideologies to be a voice for those who are silenced and marginalized. MEChA's issues include: U.S. immigration, Central American & South American political struggles, socio economic & political issues of Native Americans, etc.
4) What can MEChA do for me?
MEChA can assist you in the consciousness-raising of our people and the retention of our culture to help give our on-campus community empowerment through awareness. On an individual level, MEChA fosters leadership skills, self and group respect, and more friendships with Raza students. Most importantly, MEChA can help us keep our education in focus and help answer that always underlying question, "Why are we here?"
5) Does MEChA only work on-campus?
No. MEChA has a direct link to community groups and we also have a nationwide network of MEChAs at Junior High, High School, Community College, and University levels.
6) How do I join and do I have to pay a fee?
You can became a MEChistA by simply coming to our weekly meetings and events. We do not charge a fee to become a member but we do ask for consistency and commitment. So come along, bring a buddy, and check us out!