Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (Michigan State University) records Edit


MSS 529 large


  • 1993 – 2009 (Creation)


  • 2 Linear Feet (Whole)
    (2 containers)


  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored off site. Please request materials 3 days ahead of your visit.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, The José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections: MEChA, MSS 529, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by members of MSU MEChA.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Diana Rivera in October 2016.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA and later renamed MEXA) at the Michigan State University was a political student organization first established in 1968 to encourage cultural pride, dignity, and unity among students; to further educational standards and opportunities; and to establish an awareness and sensitivity of Chicano values to the entire student body. MEXA (Movimiento Estudiantil Xicano de Aztlan) was active in the early 1990's through the second decade of the 2000s. The organization was registered as a student organization some years and other years operated as a community organization. Their focus was supporting the UFW Grape Boycott, establishing a Chicano Studies Program and recruitment of Chicano undergraduate and graduate students and faculty. In 1971, the organization changed the name from MEChA to ChiSPA, Chicano Students for Progressive Action and later to Chicano Students for Progress Alliance through the early 1990s. See also the Pedro and Diana Rivera papers and The Juana and Jesse Gonzales papers.

  • Abstract

    The collection is comprised of three Series. Series I includes files from the Lansing Cristo Rey Community Center that were recovered by T. Mireles; Series II. includes some of the files of the Xicano Development Center, Lansing and Detroit offices; and Series III. Select files from the MEChA/MEXA files previously sited at the MSU Libraries. The originals were deaccessioned and returned to a MEChA officer. All series contains meeting agendas and minutes, budgets, correspondence, and printed materials regarding the activities of the organizations. The Michigan State University student chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) series also includes their constitution, membership information, newspaper articles and action files. Significant in this series is information on the student led MSU grape boycott, Book Check Out, Affirmative Action issues, Chicano Latino Studies correspondence and planning notes as well as the agreements between the MSU administration and MEChA on negotiated points.