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MEChA UT Chapter Collection, 1983-2002
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlán (MEChA) is a national student organization started in 1969 at University of California Santa Barbara. From this first group, came El Plan de Santa Barbara which was the final step in the process of bringing loosely organized, local student groups into a single unified student movement. Their rejection of the term "Mexican-American" meant the rejection of previous assimilation and accommodationist ideologies of earlier generations. MEChA also played an important role in the creation and implementation of Chicana/o Studies which would be the foundation of MEChA's presence on college campuses nationwide.
Today, MEChA is a student organization that promotes higher educación, cultura, and historia. According to MEChA's mission statement, each word symbolizes a concept in terms of "la causa" or the cause. Movimiento means the organization is dedicated to self-determination, estudiantil identifies the organization as a student group, Chicanx signifies identity that was previously a negative word but is now worn as a badge of honor, and Aztlan affirms the identity as Indigenous people. Across campuses nationwide, MEChA groups seek to open the doors of higher education and strive for a society free from imperialism, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
The MEChA chapter at the University of Texas at Austin was formed in the early 1970's by a group of students. The MEChA group at UT Austin played a significant role in conversations on campus concerning the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and urging university administrative officials to create more inclusive policies in regards to students of color. The group was also active in campus conversations concerning affirmative action, labor and human rights, Chicanx identity, education, and other aspects of Chicana/o life at the University of Texas and the city of Austin.
The MEChA UT Chapter Collection has been divided into four series: Administrative Records, Affiliations, Visual Materials, and Textiles.
The Administrative Records series includes organization records such as meeting minutes and finances, events and conference materials for the National Association for Chicano Studies (NACS/NACCS). Other records document activism on the UT Campus such as labor and human rights, and material relating to affirmative action and the Hopwood v. Texas court case, which ended affirmative action on UT campus. This series also contains MEChA publications as well as photographs documenting Chicano Graduation 1994 and the March 2nd/Texas Independence Day protests (1992-1995).
The Affiliations series documents MEChA's involvement with other student groups and organizations on UT campus. The most significant being the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at UT. This series also contains material relating to the Barrio Student Resource Center (BSRC) which was a center organized by MEChA to serve East Austin’s underserved students. This series also contains material related to Todos Unidos and the Chicana/o Graduate Student Association at UT.
The Visual Materials series contains photographs of events and members of MEChA. These photographs depict events, members, and protests.This series also includes 5 buttons.
The Textiles series contains 3 banners, 5 t shirts, and 1 bandana.The banners are all handmade and have the following slogans, "Books not Bombs,""Todos Unidos: Chicano Power" and the MEChA logo. The shirts have the following slogans, "Self Determination for All People: CAMILA,""When we reclaim our history, we claim our future/Cuando reclamamos nuestra historia, afirmamos nuestro future,""Veterans Peace Convoy to Nicaragua June 5, 1988,""I am the Director!," and "Algo Bueno Pasa." The bandana has the UFW-AFL-CIO logo and "anniversary Delano 1987." The buttons read "Uvas No,""Boycott Grapes," and the United Farm Workers (UFW) logo. These materials are stored in oversize in boxes 5 and 6.
This collection is unrestricted.
Standard copyright restrictions apply.
Cite as: MEChA UT Chapter Collection, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
Accession numbers: 2002-11
Collection processed by Alexandria Suarez, 2018.
No further materials are expected for this collection.