Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano (a) de Aztlán (MEChA) is not just for Hispanics but for anyone, according to Regem Corpuz, president of the club.

The club started late September, since there had been no MEChA before this previous year.

MEChA is still based on the Mexican American culture for the most part, but it isn’t just for Mexicans or Hispanics, anyone can join, said Corpuz.

Students often think that MEChA is only for Latinos, while anyone can join as long as they are accepting of the Chicano culture, he said. One example of MEChA celebrating the Chicano culture is Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead.)

“We are here to promote the culture,” said Corpuz. “Promote the Chicano culture.”

MEChA was first created in 1969 during the civil rights movement, but it has taken more than 35 years to bring MEChA to Pierce College, Corpus said.

Chicano studies were “practically” created by MEChA, Corpuz said, but still it took many years to bring this club to this college and many more around the state, but now they are here to stay.