North Hosts its Fifth Annual M.E.Ch.A. “Ixkalli” Youth Conference

Posted by Community Relations on 11/12/2014

North hosted its fifth annual M.E.Ch.A.  “Ixkalli” Youth Conference, October 24 for 350 students and community guests attending.  M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantíl Chicano de Aztlan, or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan) is a student organization with roots in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. With college and high school chapters nationwide, including most PUHSD schools, M.E.Ch.A. is celebrating its 45-year anniversary. Part of the day's highlights included: an Aztec Opening Ceremony, a car show, cultural/historical workshops, and live Andean music during the lunch break. Guest speakers included Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner, Tupac Enrique Acosta (Nahuacalli - Embassy of Indigenous Peoples), Sean Arce (co-founder & former director of Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies Department), and José Maldonado (Professor, Los Angeles Mission College). The local conference is held annually in the fall and hosted on a rotating basis by PUHSD schools or a neighboring valley school.  Phoenix Union chapters attending were from North, Metro Tech, Carl Hayden, Trevor Browne, South Mountain, Central, Suns-Diamondbacks, Cesar Chavez, and Alhambra.