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Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA): Thirty Years at Chico State Edit


UAC 008


  • 1987-2017 (Record Keeping)


  • 9.67 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Administrative/ Biographical History

    MEChA at Chico State is a local chapter of a national student organization. In April of 1969, Rodolfo “Corky” González presented El Plan de Spiritual de Aztlán at the first National Chicano Student Conference in Denver, Colorado. One month later, over 100 Chicanx student youth representing 12 institutions of higher education, met at the University of Santa Barbara campus. The group formulated a plan for higher education, to gather all the student and youth organizations into one, and adopted the name Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán or MEChA This name was proposed to unify other Chicano youth organizations Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) and United Mexican American Students (UMAS), and the Chicano Coordinating Committee on Higher Education (CCCHE) a coalition of students, teachers and professionals working on equity in education. The organizers drafted a national agenda to integrate Chicano/a studies programs into colleges and universities throughout the United States, El Plan de Santa Barbara. California specifically was called to action in the following areas: Admission and recruitment of Chicano students, faculty, administrators, and staff; A curriculum program and academic major relevant to the Chicano cultural and historical experience; Support and tutorial programs; Research programs; Publication programs; and Community, cultural, and social action programs. MEChA’s geographic expansion was rapid in California, and the Chico chapter was initially developed out of a campus movement to support the United Farm Workers grape strike in the fall of 1969. On the national level, in 1986, MEChistAs revisited the founding documents and broadened the approach of their student advocacy in an attempt to be more inclusive of la mujer (women) LGBT (lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgendered students), and Chicanos of non-Mexican descent, realign the goals and objectives of MEChA, and address protection against infiltration from outside groups. This attempt to respond to the critique that MEChA was anti-Black and anti-Indigenous, fueled by prejudice and separatist views, developed into a Philosophy of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (POM). In 2010, at the National Conference in Seattle, Washington, the name was changed to Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán; and again to Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán in 2016, at the National Conference in Tucson, AZ. In April 2019, student leaders at the National Conference in Los Angeles voted to change the name, removing Chicano and Aztlán. This was a response to the decades-long critique of homophobic, anti-Black and Indigenous erasure associated with those words. The new name will be determined at the National Conference in 2020.

  • Scope and Content

    Materials spanning 30 years (1987-2017) from the Chico State chapter of MEChA The bulk of the materials are from the late 1990s and early 2000s consisting of photographs, meeting agendas and minutes, and outreach materials. Chico State MEChA is part of the Alta Califas Norte and participates in both campus and community engagement. Some of the events MEChA facilitates are Dia de los Muertos, Latinx Graduation, Cesar Chavez Day, a community Christmas program, and outreach to the Chico Boys and Girls Club.

  • Arrangement

    This collection is arranged according to accession date. Box 4, the oversized banner (Chicano Movement Timeline), and the other oversized materials were donated in spring 2018 as part of the Chico Archives Toolkit outreach project. Boxes 1-3 and the plaques were donated in spring 2019. Original order has been maintained within each box.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research use.

  • Preferred Citation Note

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA): Thirty Years at Chico State

  • Language of Materials

    The majority of this collection is in English. Some of the materials are in Spanish.

  • Custodial History

    These materials were donated by two MEChA Historians; One box and oversized materials in 2018 as part of the Chico Archives Toolkit Project (2018-009); and the other three boxes in 2019 (2019-016). Most of these materials were previously kept in the MEChA office in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC) or in the off-campus CCLC storage unit.

  • Appraisal

    Plaques honoring MEChA and picture frames were not retained. Photographs were removed from their enclosures and filed into folders. The plaques were scanned, and digital surrogates were retained. The original plaques and frames were returned to the MEChA student organization.

  • Related Material

    MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) Collection, CEMA 36. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Processing Information

    The original arrangement and folder titles were retained in most cases. Exceptions include oversized material, which is stored in appropriate storage unites. Folder titles and arrangement were assigned by the MEChA Historian and were not changed by the Archives staff. This collection was processed by Stefani Baldivia, with assistance from Cheryl Watson.



  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Container 1 Indicator
    UAC 008: Box 1-4
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    Graphic Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Container 1 Indicator
    UAC 008: Oversized Banner
  • Type
    Graphic Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Container 1 Indicator
    UAC 008: Oversized Folder