MEChA de Chapman

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Welcome to the Chapman University chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) - meetings take place Wednesday at 7pm (Law School Room 236) and are open to everyone, including the public. See you there and viva la raza!


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Chair of Committees: Lisette Martinez
Chair-Cultura Committee: Ana Ramon
Chair-Fundraising Committee: Cristina Aguilar
Chair-Education Committee: TBD
Chair-External Affairs: Fatima Moran and Lisette Martinez Gutierrez
Chair-Internal Affairs: Gia Rigoli and Lisette Martinez Gutierrez


Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA 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.

Each word in MEChA symbolizes a great concept in terms of la causa. Movimiento means that the organization is dedicated to the movement to gain self-determination for our people. Estudiantil, identifies the organization as a student group for we are part of our Raza's future. At the heart of the name is the use of the identity: Chicano. At first seen as a negative word, now taken for a badge of honor. In adopting their new identity, the students committed themselves to return to the barrios, colonias, or campos and together, struggle against the forces that oppress our gente. Lastly, the affirmation that we are Indigenous people to this land by placing our movement in Aztlan, the homeland of all peoples from Anahuak.

On campuses across Aztlan, MEChA and Mechistas are often the only groups on campus Raza and non-Raza alike that seek to open the doors of higher education para nuestras comunidades and strive for a society free of imperialism, racism, sexism, and homophobia.

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