UChicago MEChA

Who is M.E.Ch.A?

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

UChicago Contacts

MEChA Website

UChicago Listhost

Request to be placed on the organizing listhost for active members

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities
5706 S. University and 1212 E. 59th

Sunday, September 14, 2008

MEChA-Unity Project

Purpose of MEChA-Unity

The mission of MEChA is to promote education and awareness of Latina/o and Chicana/o issues, and to provide community service to Latino communities. The MEChA Unity Community Service Project aims to guide Unity Jr. High School students in learning about the work and history of the national MEChA organization while immersing the young students in service to their local Chicago community of Cicero. The short-term objective of our program is to provide Unity MEChA with tutoring, mentoring in developing service projects and in acting as a functioning organization, and college-readiness sessions.

Throughout the course of the project, we provide MEChA Unity members with the skills and opportunities of planning and carrying out community service projects in Cicero. We hope to include projects such as, but not limited to, recycling, street-cleanups, murals and tree-planting.

As the MEChA of the University of Chicago, we believe we are responsible for guiding the younger MEChA Unity students so that they may continue leadership and service in the future, and most importantly, attain a higher education. Ultimately, this project aims to instill a sense of pride within the MEChA Unity members, as well as in their culture and in their community through tutoring, mentoring and guidance in local service projects so that they may be more college-ready.

Program Structure

The MEChA Unity project will recruit 7th and 8th graders at Unity Middle School who will meet with UChi MEChA members at Unity Junior High School after school on Mondays, from 2-4 pm.
Transportation to Unity MS will be provided. The first meeting of the 2008-2009 year is to TBA.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Social Justice Meeting 10/8

I wanted to fill you guys in on the first meet-up of the the Social Justice resource center at the UofC http://sjuofc.wordpress.com/ It's pretty much just that, a resource center, a place for RSOs to collectively organize projects/campaigns, etc. It's a good way to find out what other SJ RSOs are up to and how to better collaborate with one another.

The first meeting will be Wed. Oct 8th 5:30-6:30, in the RSO Conference Room of 5710.

I and at least one other MEChA rep will be in attendance but of course more are welcome.

If you have any questions feel free to direct them to Hannah Jacoby hwjacoby@uchicago.edu