By Jon Moreno
Promoting higher education along with cultural and social awareness is the objective of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). The COD student club is also a support system for students of color, according to club secretary Yolanda Moreno. “I would say that MEChA is much more than a club. We concentrate on expanding perspectives on possibilities to achieve intellectual and cultural consciousness,” said Moreno.
MEChA welcomes any student willing to volunteer their time to lend a helping hand to AB 540 students and improving the community. Co-chair Juanita Cervantes said the club is “fundraising to provide two scholarships to AB540 students.” AB 540 is a California Education Code which exempts the payment of nonresident tuition at California public universities to undocumented students who have attended high school in California for three or more years and earned a high school diploma or its equivalent.
To raise money, the club has participated in several local events, such as the 2014 Synergy Festival last November. The club is currently planning their participation at this year’s Hue Festival in Coachella on Saturday, April 25. MEChA is also seeking donations and have reached out to community leaders for support, while contacting local businesses for fundraising opportunities.
According to Cervantes, the club will be looking to expand this semester. “We will be having workshops at the Indio campus while inviting students to be part of our club as well. We will be at the Mecca campus and speaking with students there, so we can have meetings twice a month,” explained Cervantes.
Meetings take place every Wednesday at 1 p.m.-2 p.m. in Room 3 of the Business Building.
For those who are interested in joining MEChA or want more information, email Juanita Cervantes at email@example.com.