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Santa Rosa Junior College MEChA and BSU are proud to announce that registration for the 2015 M.E.Ch.A./BSU conference registration is now open. The conference has now been expanded to educating and promoting parents and community about the importance of higher education and political involvement. Our goal of this conference is to raise awareness about the social and political inequalities facing disadvantaged population as well as to provide students, parents and our community with the resources to efficiently face these issues.

Our theme will be revolving around the quote “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” by Marcus Garvey. We hope that our theme will encourage our students to learn more about the shrouded injustices in the world, and in doing so; become enlightened on the facts and be ready for a social movement. A process, we believe many of us have personally grew from and have become overall stronger individuals in our community.

This conference is completely free! Food and transportation will be provided at no cost. In previous years, the Raza Youth Conference has brought over 500 students to Santa Rosa Junior College. With the growing demand for this conference; this year we have almost doubled the attendance spaces to eight hundred. Once this has been reached you will no longer be able to register. Please sign up promptly as spaces are quickly been taken by visiting our Register tab in the navigation bar right above.



To register please click here.

Important Conference Information:MEChA Conference Logo-2015                                                Date and Time: April 25th, 2015 from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM      Location: Bertolini Student Center 1501                              Mendocino Ave. Santa, CA 95401                                                      For more information contact us at or at (707) 521-6934

2015 MEChA and BSU Youth Conference Schedule

Registration and Breakfast 8:00-9:55 am

Bertolini Student Center Quad

7:00 am-7:30 am Bus Pick-Up
8:30 am-8:50 am Opening: Danza Azteca Xantotl Bertolini Student Center Quad
9:00 am-9:55 am Welcome Address Burbank Auditorium
10:05 am-10:55 am Workshop Session I Emeritus Hall
11:05 am-11:55 am Workshop Session II Emeritus Hall
12:05 pm-1:15 pm Lunch Bertolini Student Center Quad
Information Fair
1:25 pm -2:15 pm Workshop Session III Emeritus Hall
2:25 pm-3:25 pm Action Bertolini Student Center Quad
3:25 pm-3:30 pm Closing Bertolini Student Center Quad
3:30 pm-4:00 pm Buses Depart

M.E.Ch.A of Santa Rosa College and SRJC Black Student Union/NAACP






Keynote Speakers:

Guadalupe Avila

Board of Directors of Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye, Traditional ceremonial dancer with Danza Xitlalli, Instituto Familiar de la Raza Board Member

Since her 2009 retirement as the Interim Director of Counseling and Psychological ServicesCenter at San Francisco State University, with over 30+ years in the field of social work, Guadalupe Avila has devoted her passion skills, experience and time to working with the Latino and Native communities in the larger bay area through participation in three long-standing community organizations. Ms. Avila is the current Vice President of the Board of Directors of Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye. The vision of Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye (WKT) is to provide a spiritual community where Indian people can once again stand proudly on a cultural foundation that unites Native American communities across geographical and generational differences. Ms. Avila is a traditional ceremonial dancer through her involvement with Danza Xitlalli, a grass roots ceremonial Mexica Dance Group established in 1981, for over 20 years. The primary purpose of Danza Xitlalli is to educate and strengthen cultural and spiritual values that support positive self-identity especially with youth. Ms. Avila is also a current board member of Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a non-profit agency that provides programs that “span a continuum of mental health, HIV-related & social services, including health promotion & prevention, family support, early intervention, case management, violence prevention, comprehensive behavioral health services, and cultural activities and practices”.

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Guadalupe Avila

Junta de Directores de Wicahpi Koyaka Plume Tiospaye, Danzante ceremonial tradicional Danza Xitlalli, Junta Directiva del InstitutoFamiliar de la Raza

Desde su jubilación, en el 2009, como Directora Interina del Centro de Asesoría y Servicios Psicológicos en la Universidad Estatal de San Francisco, con más de 30 años en el área de trabajo social, Guadalupe Ávila ha dedicado su pasión, experiencia y tiempo para trabajar con la comunidad latina y en las comunidades indígenas de la zona de la bahía a través de su participación en tres organizaciones comunitarias de larga duración. Ávila es la actual Vicepresidenta de la Junta de Directores de Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye. La visión de Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye (WKT) es de proporcionar una comunidad espiritual donde indígenas puedan volver a ser orgullosos sobre una fundación cultural que une las comunidades de nativos americanos a lo largo de diferencias geográficas y diferencias generacionales. La Sra. Ávila es una danzante ceremonial tradicional a través de su participación con Danza Xitlalli, un grupo común de danza ceremonial Mexica creado en 1981, durante más de 20 años. El propósito principal de la Danza Xitlalli es educar y fortalecer los valores culturales y espirituales, que apoyan una identidad positiva, especialmente con los jóvenes. La Sra. Ávila también es un miembro de la junta directiva del Instituto Familiar de la Raza, una agencia sin fines de lucro que proporciona programas que “constituyen un periodo continuo de salud mental, servicios sociales relacionados con el VIH, incluyendo la promoción de la salud y prevención, apoyo familiar, intervención temprana, manejo de casos, prevención de la violencia, servicios comprensivos de salud y conducta, y actividades culturales y prácticas”.

Rasheed Shabazz

Communication Director for the Afrikan Black Coalition

Rasheed Shabazz is communications director for the Afrikan Black Coalition, a collectiveof Black students in California colleges and universities. He is a multimedia journalist andresearcher. He graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelors in Political Science and AfricanAmerican Studies, and minored in City and Regional Planning. He was most recently acommunications fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Previously,Rasheed was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, focusing on the establishment and operation of Black student news publications across the UC System. Currently, he is a Gilman Scholar,McNair Scholar, and hopes to enter graduate school in the fall of 2016. He enjoys traveling,Hip Hop, and yoga.

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Rasheed Shabazz

Communication Director for the Afrikan Black Coalition

Rasheed Shabazz es el directo de comunicaciones para la unión Afrikan Black, un colectivo de estudantes afro-american@s en los colegios y las universidades de California. Él es un periodista e investigador multimedia. Se graduó de la Universidad de California Berkeley con una licenciatura en Ciencias Políticas y Estudios Afroamericanos con una asignatura secundaria en Planificación Urbana y Regional. Recientemente fue becario de comunicaciones en el Instituto Haas para una Sociedad Justa e Incluyente. Anteriormente, Rasheed fue profesor visitante en la universidad de Berkeley, enfocándose en la creación y el funcionamiento de publicaciones de noticias escritas por estudiantes afroamerican@s a lo largo del sistema universitario. Actualmente, es becario del programa Gilman y McNair,y espera entrar a la escuela de postgrado en el otoño del 2016. Shabazz disfruta viajar, la música Hip Hop, y yoga.