El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan (MEChA) convenes annually as a network of community activists dedicated to the improvement of our community. MEChA invites you to co/facilitate a workshop at our 25th National Conference.

2018 MEChA National Conference
Pasado, Presente, Futuro
March 15 – 18th, 2018
University of Utah
201 Presidents Cir
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

The 25th National MEChA Conference calls for the development of a shared communal space where Caribbean-American, Chicanx, and Latinx undergraduate and high school students, community members, and faculty/staff from across the nation can come together. We seek to create a space where we can learn from each other, cultivate our knowledge, and build community organizing skills. Through critical dialogue and active participation, we will confront the transphobic, racialized, classist, homophobic, machista, and sexist legacies that continue to plague our community today. Over the past quarter century, the MEChA National Conference has pushed a decolonial ideology that helped shape and develop community leaders. With your contribution, we will continue this movement! We welcome proposals from student activists, elders, community leaders, faculty, scholars, and administrators who work for the improvement of our communities.

Conference workshops are a shared space where leadership, community activism, academic navigation, & strategies for racial/ethnic/queer empowerment are addressed por y para nuestras comunidades.

Workshops submitted can (but are not required to) fall under the following conference sub-themes:

  1. PASADO: Any topics concerning historical patterns, figures, narratives, movements, and/or discourses that deserve a place in current conversations and analyses, such as:
    • the history of U.S. settler colonialism/indigeneity/ongoing indigenous resistance
    • heteropatriarchal violence
    • eugenics/scientific racism/medical apartheid
    • racial/ethnic formations
    • racial capitalism
    • history of U.S. immigration policy
    • 1960s social movements, etc
  2. PRESENTE: Where are we at now? This theme invites us to reflect on our current political context and engage in conversations concerning present and ongoing issues such as:
    • police brutality/prison industrial complex
    • neoliberalism
    • transphobic violence
    • islamophobia/race and religion
    • border militarization/immigration policies
    • urban gentrification
    • ecojustice/land politics
    • mysogyny/homophobia/transphobia & accountability in social justice spaces
    • reproductive justice
    • Dakota Access Pipeline/indigenous resistance
    • as well as struggles and efforts of resistance like the Black Lives Matter Movement, black and brown solidarity, queer politics, Zapatismo, decolonization, etc.
  3. FUTURO: We welcome and encourage workshops that offer reflections on how to collectively and creatively move forward. These could range from presentations on broad theoretical topics like “futurisms” to more strategy/praxis-based workshops.
  4. HEALING: Considering the current (and ongoing) political climates and the varying levels of violence they have on the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of people of color, this session welcomes any hands-on workshops, conversations, and/or presentations that offer practices and reflections on the role of self-care and healing in the fight for justice and liberation.

The deadline to submit a conference proposal has been extended to Thursday, February 1st at 11:59pm. You should expect a notification for your conference proposal by Friday, February 16th.

Proposal Submission

Proposals are now closed.