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


USAS National Conference
A few of MEChA's members join SOUL in flying out to Austin, TX for the USAS 17th National Conference. We participated in workshops about organizing, administration, and recruitment. They informed us about the many different campaigns (Badidas, T-Mobile, Bangladesh, etc.)

MEChA collaborates with African-Caribbean-Students-Association to host "An Insight into Immigration" panel discussion.

MEChA attends Regionals at NIU. Participating chapters: UChicago, NIU, UW-Madison, DePaul, NU, UIUC, 

MEChA collaborates with SOUL, UCCIR, OBS, and SSN on delivering a letter to admin so that they can sign on to the Accord for the Bangladesh campaign.



     Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)  is an annual holiday celebrated in Mexico with origins tracing back to indigenous Aztec observances.The holiday is actually celebrated  over two days, November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with the Catholic holidays of All Saint's Day and All Souls' Day. During that time, family and friends gather together to honor the memory of those who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. M.E.Ch.A.'s annual celebration is open to all community members and includes alters built by collaborating RSO's, music, performances and delicious Mexican foods.

      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. M.E.Ch.A wants to encourage students to make it to college and so, every quarter, we invite students and parents from surrounding Chicago high schools to participate in an educational conference. Here, we provide information and resources about the logistics of getting into college and our workshops address issues concerning the admissions process, financial aid, and what the college experience has been like for us. We also provide students with lunch and a tour of the campus.


     M.E.Ch.A de University of Chicago continues the tradition of putting forth a week-long commemoration in honor of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta who were leaders in the struggle for equality and justice. This commemoration week is constituted of five events, one each day of the week, that emphasize different aspects of Latino advancement and each year has a different thematic focus. Past events have included panel informationals, movie screenings, art shows, dinners, and other exciting events. Wednesday is dedicated to the keynote speaker, a chosen political or community figure who speaks on behalf of issues pertaining to the week's theme. We've been fortunate enough to have Dolores Huerta herself speak at our 2009 and 2011 celebrations.