Pasado. Presente. Futuro.
From its inception, MEChA has promoted community engagement, political participation, cultural empowerment, and the reclaiming/cultivation of our collective histories and knowledge. As an organization, MEChA has been at the forefront of bridging educational institutions with community-based struggles. MEChA is therefore invested in making higher education more accessible to communities while striving for a society free of imperialism, transphobia, racism, classism, machismo, sexism, and homophobia. This year’s conference intends to honor this rich tradition while also being critical of our own histories and positionalities within intersecting systems of oppression. We hope the conference helps us reflect, be present in this important moment in time, and look forward to how we can dismantle oppressive structures for the purpose of reshaping our communities.
We are excited to host you in beautiful Salt Lake City for the 25th MEChA National Conference! MEChA de University of Utah is thrilled that you have chosen our chapter to host this momentous annual meeting on March 15th-18th, 2018. We are well underway in our planning efforts!
MEChA de U of U has been saddened and angered by the recent political discourses and the surge of racist, anti-queer, sexist, xenophobic, islamophobic violence, both physical and emotional. We are truly inspired by the tenacity that our communities have demonstrated by continuing to fight back. We hope to celebrate and affirm our community’s resilience by sharing space, connecting, dialoguing, and collectively healing. We hope that the conference provides a space to think critically and explore issues of power, history, self-identity, and how we can decolonize the toxicity we have learned to normalize in order to take action and rebuild our communities.
We also recognize that an important part of MEChA is building relationships amongst our members, chapters, and community. We hope you take this time to check out Salt Lake City and Utah’s natural beauty. Salt Lake City is surrounded by national and state parks like Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches. In recent years, Salt Lake City has also been experiencing a demographic change where over half of the students in the public school system identify as Chicanx/Latinx. Despite its predominantly white population, Utah is home to increasing populations of color whose cultures and communities remain present and vibrant. Please be sure to support some of the local business owned by raza and check out the great work being done by some of our community members!
We look forward to hosting you. Much peace and love, and see you soon!
MEChA de U of U