UMAS y MEXA is a coalition organization formed in 1992 that combined the efforts between United Mexican American Students and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán. UMAS y MEXA maintains separate identities, constitutions and accounts, although works together to achieve the same goals. Our purpose is to unite Chicanas/os to work on cultural, social, political, and educational issues which affect Chicanas/os both on and off the CU Boulder campus.
In 1968, 9 Mexican-American students on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus came together to create UMAS, which would shortly develop into one of several Educational Opportunity Programs (EOPs) on campus. The original goal was to reach out to and increase the recruitment and retention of Mexican American and Chicanx students from throughout Colorado. UMAS took the initiative to do the work that the university was “unable” (unwilling) to do. This meant traveling throughout the state to recruit students directly. Between 1968 and 1972, UMAS had increased the number of Raza students from a small handful to over 1200 students.