UCSD Student Organizations (2022 - 2023)

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanola de Aztlan (MECHA)

Student Affirmative Actions Committee (SAAC) Category

Academic Year
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and hxstoria. The goal of M.E.Ch.A. is create a consciousness, one in which to incorporate the political, the cultural, and the educational aspects of our community to those of the University. M.E.Ch.A. is a political voice for UCSD. It takes part in a series of political events through out the year, such as Raza Awareness Week. M.E.Ch.A. also honors many cultural holidays such as El dia de los Muertos and Las Posadas that occur in December; creating an atmosphere for social interaction. M.E.Ch.A. also strives in bridging the gap between High School and College by working directly with the youth of our community. This is accomplished through our annual Raza Youth Empowerment Conference, weekly outreach events, campus tours, overnight programs, and one on one mentoring. In realizing the importance of giving back to the community, we recognize that we are at UCSD to be successful students. We strive to build a community that is strong and united. The year is finalized with our Raza Graduation. Most importantly, throughout the year we build a strong network of people who are currently aware students, activists, and friends.


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Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanola de Aztlan (MECHA) Principal Members
Jose Alpizar jalpizar@ucsd.edu
Ananth Karanam a1karanam@ucsd.edu
Julieta Chacon Suarez jchaconsuarez@ucsd.edu
Vanessa Aguayo vsaguayo@ucsd.edu
Organization Constitution

CSI Advisor

Ann Hawthorne 
Ann Hawthorne
Associate Director, Student Organizations Advising and Events
To get involved and learn more about this student organization please contact the Principal Members above by email directly.

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