Raza Weekend aims to educate newly accepted self-identified Xicanx and Latinx students about their cultural identity, the barriers Latinx and other people of color face, and what it means to be a student of color in higher education, not just for the individual, but for the entire community. MEChA de UCLA began Raza Day in 1999 to help make Raza students feel more comfortable at the university and give them a sense of community before committing to UCLA. Raza Weekend aims to welcome new students with UCLA students who come from similar backgrounds and who understand what it feels like to leave home to attend college. This event is filled with workshops, resources, guest speakers, a tour of our beautiful campus, and activities to start building connections with fellow Raza students.
What is MEChA?
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) is a student-run organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society.