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Parent Organization: Department of Campus Involvement

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán
(M.E.Ch.A) is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. It is part of M.E.Ch.A.'s mission to recruit Chicanos y Chicanas in order to construct an enlightened community.

M.E.Ch.A. was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society. We, as Mechistas, see the process of Chicanismo as evolutionary. We recognize that no one is born politically Chicana or Chicano. The term Chicano is grounded in a philosophy, not a nationality. Chicanismo does not exclude anyone, rather it includes those who acknowledge and work toward the betterment of La Raza.

 

HISTORY OF MEChA

In April of 1969 over 100 Chicanas/Chicanos came together at UC Santa Barbara to formulate a plan for higher education: El Plan de Santa Barbara. With this document they were successful in the development of two very important contributions to the Chicano Movement: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) and Chicano Studies.


In 1992 a MEChA chaper was started in St Cloud. In 1995 students and faculty participated in a Hunger Strike, in which they demanded that the university created a better enviroment for students of color. From this Hunger Strike the Atwood Cultural Center was created.

 

M.E.Ch.A. was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society. We, as Mechistas, see the process of Chicanismo as evolutionary. We recognize that no one is born politically Chicana or Chicano. The term Chicano is grounded in a philosophy, not a nationality. Chicanismo does not exclude anyone, rather it includes those who acknowledge and work toward the betterment of La Raza.