El Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) is part of a larger movement and our specific M.E.Ch.A. chapter is both an activist and cultural recognized student organization, that uses community service, political involvement and education as a means for change. M.E.Ch.A. is not only open to Chicana/o or Latina/o students but also to anyone who identifies with and commits themselves to promoting culture, history and higher education as devices of change among the oppressed.
Our weekly meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:00PM in OMSA: 5710 S. Woodlawn
Donations are always welcome! Mail checks to 5706 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL 60637 Payable to: The University of Chicago- M.E.Ch.A
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The student drop-out rate continues to overwhelm Latino/a communities across the U.S. However, the cause of the problem has frequently been traced back to a lack of information about the various aspects of the educational system past high school years. Many students may not fully comprehend the long-term benefits of attaining a college education while others are led to believe that a college education is out of reach because of financial constraints or legal residence status. For those reasons and others, MEChA hosts annual Education Conferences in which high school sophomores and juniors receive information regarding the various aspects of attaining a college education. We make certain to cover anything from the importance of high school GPAs and extra curriculars to the SAT/ACT exams and financial aid resources after acceptance. Additionally, the students are given a tour of the UChicago campus as well as multiple opportunities to speak to MEChistas as once college applicants and Latino/a college students. This coming school year we are hoping to extend our efforts and host Education Conferences once every quarter in order to better inform seniors and juniors in high school.