Community, Food, Culture

Community, Food, Culture

Silver City NM- In commemoration of Cesar Chavez, Western New Mexico University is offering a variety of events around campus throughout the week. MECha launched the event with A History of the Chicano Movement, which featured a walk through presentation where individuals could come and learn more about the culture, ask questions, and learn trivia to win t-shirts.

Later that night, MECha also began the revival of Hot Dog’s N More, this time with a cultural twist, renaming the biweekly event Nachos y Mas. “I saw the positive impact that a free meal and conversation had on our community,” MECha Advisor Bryant Chaffino stated. “This is an opportunity to bridge the gap and create connections but most importantly this event provides a safe place and a warm meal for anyone interested, even if it is just one night.”

Nachos and hot dogs were available for dinner, as well cold refreshments and deserts, all donated by the Grant County Democratic Party. Community members, athletes, and students of Western New Mexico all gathered together for meal and conversation, taking a load off after the beginning of the week.

“The food was good, the people friendly, and the conversation interesting” said one community member about the event. When asked if he would be back he responded “Most definitely, and with friends.”

MEChA is a small but mighty group of 15 members dedicated to spreading cultural awareness and equal opportunity for everyone. Club President Sergio, a marketing major and member of the Mariachi, joined because he wanted to spread education, compassion, and equality to all walks of life.

“It takes a lot to be an agent of change in a community, but it is worth it: life is all about human connections and this organization provides a place for that.” Marisela, a newer member to club added that “being MEChA makes me feel like I’m home.”

Everyone who attended the meal and conversation appeared to be in good spirits, with many of the students excited to learn that this was an ongoing program. “I really enjoy the relaxed environment and the ability to meet new people off and on campus” said one student present at the event.

For more information or to inquire about future donations please contact MEChA advisor Bryant Chaffino at braynt.chaffino@wnmu.edu