Association of Chicana Activist (A.Ch.A.) was founded in 1991 in San Diego State University. Four female Mechistas (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan - M.E.Ch.A) organized a meeting where other Chicana students were invited to exchange ideas, and to design a plan of action. Therefore, A.Ch.A. was formed to focus on issues of La Mujer.
In its inception, the organization faced limitations with M.E.Ch.A. A.Ch.A. met criticism because it was thought to destabilize the power of M.E.Ch.A. It was suggested that the issues of Chicanas be dealt within the confines of M.E.Ch.A. Still, the founding members managed to give birth to a mother spirit. A.Ch.A. brought existence to "La Mestiza" within each and every one of its members. the energy force that the sisters of A.Ch.A. have created is a conglomeration of their life forces. Each individual Achista has given birth to "La Mestiza" within her. We begin to nurture and protect the neglected "niña" and to liberate the oppressed women within ourselves. An Achista is not only an activist, but also a warrior and goddess capable of confronting challenges and endless battles. She knows that throughout history, "La India y La Mestiza" have bestowed gifts of coraje to her. A.Ch.A. gives power to "La Mestiza;" confidence and faith in the self; the ability to empower one another; and to "uplift each other as we climb."
To create a spirit of sisterhood among Chicanas/os and Latinas/os.
To serve as a support group for our members.
To empower Chicanas/Latinas through self-esteem and cultural awareness.
To promote leadership among Chicanas/Latinas.
To raise social and political consciousness among Chicanas/Latinas.
To educate the community about issues that pertain to "La Mujer".
To recruit and retain Chicana/Latina students in higher education.
Chair: Aileen Cerrillos
Treasurer: Priscilla Morales
Social Activities Coordinator: Maricruz Carrillo
External Affairs Coordinator: Vecky Hernandez
Open Positions: Secretary, A.S Representative, Fundraiser Coordinator, Academic Affairs Coordinator, A.Ch.A. Liaison, Commissioner of Publicity, , Internal Affairs Coordinator, Herstorian and Scholarship Coordinator.