Nine Mechistas attended the East Coast Chicano/a Student Forum hosted by Georgetown University on April 5 - 7. The theme was The State of Chicano/Latino Affairs: Claiming Our Future. Students attended a wide array of workshops, including Latino/as in the Catholic Church, the history of Mexican migration to the United States and the Student/Farmworker Alliance.
Cristal Suarez, Class of 2016
Residential College: Trumbull
Hometown: Visalia, California
High School: San Joaquin Memorial High School
Why did you join MEChA? I wanted to educate myself about issues important to the Latino community, and to discover the role I could play to encourage society to be more equal and fair. I also found that the MEChA community itself was very welcoming and I was encouraged to join by students I met at Bulldog Days!
What other activities are you involved in aside from MEChA? Being a freshman liaison at La Casa has been one of the most rewarding activities. I am also a part of Community Health Educators and I teach middle school classes on nutrition. I also volunteer at Yale-New Haven Hospital, through a program called the Living History Project. I prepare a narrative after interviewing patients in order to help their doctors better understand them. I have also loved being a part of BookMarks, where I read with kids at an after-school program.
What is your favorite experience with MEChA? I've loved the many moments when I have connected with someone and discovered how much I can share with others. MEChA has been great at giving me chances to get to know what people are passionate about and what inspires them. If I had to choose a single moment, it would be attending ECCSF at Harvard because it was amazing to see so many Latino students working to have their voices heard.
Twelve MEChistas attended the East Coast Chicano/a Student Forum at Harvard from Feb. 15 - 17.
The theme of the conference was Latinos in the Media. Highlights include hearing "Noticiero" co-anchor María Elena Salinas give a speech on issues currently affecting Latinos, watching Mariachi Véritas de Harvard perform and eating burritos at Felipe's Taqueria.