"MEChA Calmecac was established in 1989 as a student-initiated, student-run, and student-funded retention program in response to the problem of high attrition rates of unaddressed Raza students and student's feelings of UCLA not properly addressing this issue."
History of MEChA Calmecac
MEChA de UCLA founded MEChA CLASS (which later changed to MEChA Calmécac in an effort to connect the project to its indigenous roots) with the goal of increasing the number of Chicana/o and Latino/a graduating from UCLA.
Twenty years later, the percentage of Raza students graduating remains low with many Raza students being dismissed from the university. MEChA Calmécac strives to change this! The project draws its name from the Mexica institution of higher learning, the Calmécac. In Mexica civilization, the Calmécac was responsible for the education of the community through knowledge and spirituality.
In keeping with indigenous philosophy, MEChA Calmécac offers comprehensive academic support services to all students in order to address a wide variety of academic, personal, financial, and social needs. We also help foster leadership growth, build a sense of community, and help develop critical thinkers in an effort to take our resources back to our communities. We encourage a proactive approach to education in different ways, including, but not limited to, dictating curricula, talking to and challenging professors and applying our courses to everyday life.