Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) is a student organization that promotes higher education, culture, and history. M.E.Ch.A. was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of indigenous people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society. Each word in M.E.Ch.A. symbolizes a great concept in terms of "La Causa". - MOVIMIENTO means that the organization is dedicated to the movement to gain self-determination for our people. - ESTUDIANTIL identifies the organization as a student group for we are part of our Raza's future. - At the heart of the name is the use of the identity: CHICANA/O. At first seen as a negative word, now taken for a badge of honor. In adopting their new identity, the students committed themselves to return to the barrios, colonias, or campos and together, struggle against the forces that oppress our gente. It represents similar experiences that connect us. - Lastly, the affirmation that we are Indigenous people to this land by placing our movement in AZTLAN, the homeland of all peoples from Anahuak. "M.E.Ch.A. must bring to the mind of every young Chicana and Chicano that the liberation of her/his people from prejudice and oppression is in her/his hands and this responsibility is greater than personal achievement and more meaningful than degrees, especially if they are earned at the expense of her/his identity and cultural integrity. M.E.Ch.A., then, is more than a name; it is a spirit of unity, of sisterhood and brotherhood, and a resolve to undertake a struggle for liberation in society where justice is but a word. M.E.Ch.A. is a means to an end." (El Plan de Santa Barbara) At CSU Channel Islands, M.E.Ch.A. is dedicated to keeping our cultural traditions and values of brotherhood/sisterhood along with unity through our Dia de Los Muertos Honoring in the Fall semester and our annual Raza Youth Conference in the Spring semester. M.E.Ch.A. is also a key organizer for the CSU Channel Islands newest tradition, Raza Graduation. Everyone is welcome to our events and organization!