Finding Aid for the Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1971 - 2003

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1971 - 2003
Collection number: 119
Creator: de la Rocha, Michael [1980-]
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Papers related to his work as a journalist pertaining Mexican American issues
Physical location: Currently located in the CSRC archives, 186-188 Haines Hall at UCLA. In future, the collection will be housed at the UCLA Southern Regional Library facility.
Language of Material: Collection materials in English, Spanish

Access

Collection is open for research.
Access is available by appointment for UCLA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the CSRC at http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/

Publication Rights

For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection, 119, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Michael de la Rocha to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. Deed on file at the archive office

Biography

Offering an alternative view of dealing with youth violence, Mike de la Rocha has emerged as one of the country's top new voices on youth development and juvenile justice. He has been acknowledged for integrating social justice, the arts, and his personal experiences to bring diverse communities together to promote alternatives to social inequity and youth violence. With over a decade of experience in coalition-building, non-profit management, and implementing innovative youth development programs, Mike's work provides a multi-contextual framework for empowerment and education, addressing issues of cross-cultural communication, juvenile justice, and spirituality. As a legislative deputy for Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas and a former policy advisor for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, Mike has over 5 years of legislative experience. He currently advises Councilman Cardenas on all juvenile justice legislation and facilitated the City Council's Community Engagement Advisory Committee, an internationally-renowned group that developed the nation's first comprehensive "Community-Based Gang Intervention Model." Congresswoman Diane Watson recently incorporated the model into legislation designed to provide a nationwide approach to reducing youth violence. In 2006, Mike co-created and co-facilitated Breaking the Cycle with Dignity, an extensive 6-month training to help identify and diffuse racialized-gang conflict within the Los Angeles County Probation Department. As a result of the training, he co-founded the Joint City and County Juvenile Justice Task Force, a nationally-recognized multi-disciplinary partnership that provides a model for sustained coordination of government and community resources and services. In 2008, the Task Force was awarded the John Anson Ford Award from the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission for significantly impacting better human relations in the Los Angeles community and beyond. Mike also worked as a Program Coordinator for the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center where he supervised over 800 mediations and was instrumental in decreasing school suspension rates by over 40% at various Los Angeles schools. He served four years as the Managing Director of Equal Opportunity Productions, a non-profit arts outreach program that produced original theatrical productions written and performed by at-risk youth. There, Mike directed over seven theatrical shows, including national and international performances at the Windybrow Theatre in South Africa, the Apollo Theatre in New York, and various venues throughout Los Angeles, while increasing the organization's budget by over 60%. Mike has conducted hundreds of workshops in schools, community centers, juvenile detention centers, and universities. In response to the need to bring the youth voice to the forefront of national discussions, Mike teamed up with veteran filmmaker and social entrepreneur Michael Skolnik to create Dot 2 Dot, a network of young leaders with the goal of inspiring and empowering the emerging generation to build a movement for social change in America. Mike also co-founded Bruins for Change, a network of politically active UCLA alumni and students that promote policies that advance the struggle for social justice at UCLA and beyond. Mike sings in Broken Ornaments, an electro rock act making headlines in Los Angeles whose album will be released in fall 2009 as well as working on several literary projects to compliment his musical and political career, including an anthology of poems scheduled for release in 2010. He continues to speak and perform at numerous events across the country and around the world, including speaking engagements in Mexico, South Africa, Germany, and Canada.



Mike serves on the Board of Directors of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural and Divine Forces Media and is a consultant for UCLA's Community Programs Office, Youth Speak Collective, and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Mike received his Masters from Cal State University Dominguez Hills and his Bachelor degree from UCLA where he served as the 1999/2000 Undergraduate Student Body President. At UCLA, Mike was awarded the Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award for his efforts to increase student initiated outreach efforts. From his website: http://mikedelarocha.wordpress.com

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Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Chicana / o Students
MECHA


Container List

 

Series 1. Periodicals, Journals, and Printed Materials

 

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1998-1999

Physical Description: Pamphlets, Flyers, Programs

Scope and Content Note

USAC and Chicano Education
Box 1, Folder 1

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection October 1996

Physical Description: Correspondance, Photo copy clippings

Scope and Content Note

Material Concerning Bob Dole and Jack Kemp of the Racial Controversy at Fillmore.
Box 1, Folder 3

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1999- 2000

Physical Description: Agendas

Scope and Content Note

Michael de la Rocha's USAC Agendas
Box 1, Folder 8

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 4-7 March 2000

Physical Description: Agenda and Program

Scope and Content Note

Youth Vote 2000
Box 1, Folder 9

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 2000

Physical Description: Letter to the Movement

Scope and Content Note

Refuse and Resist, The Next Critical Period In The Battle to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal
Box 1, Folder 10

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1996-1999

Physical Description: Flyers

Scope and Content Note

Flyers concerning equality in education.
Box 1, Folder 11

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1990-1995

Physical Description: Articles and Education Plan

Scope and Content Note

Maintain the Asian Pacific studies program at UCLA
Box 1, Folder 13

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection Feburary- November 2000

Physical Description: Clippings, letter, report

Scope and Content Note

Administrative Review Panel on Police Misconduct
Box 1, Folder 15

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 2000

Physical Description: Handouts, paper packet

Scope and Content Note

U.S. Student Association and GROW
Box 1, Folder 16

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1998

Physical Description: Flyer and Schedule

Scope and Content Note

Freedom City, Affirmative Action
Box 1, Folder 17

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 12 March 1999

Physical Description: Flyers, Agendas, Handouts

Scope and Content Note

Educate to Liberate 1999
Box 1, Folder 18

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 2000

Physical Description: Flyers and Packet

Scope and Content Note

Fight against Proposition 21 and 22
Box 1, Folder 19

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1999

Physical Description: Flyers

Scope and Content Note

Anti-Praxis Flyers
Box 1, Folder 21

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1998

Physical Description: Timeline, Publications, Papers, Periodicals

Scope and Content Note

Affirmative Action Timeline
Box 2, Folder 1

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1997-2003

Physical Description: Flyers, Pamphlets, Programs, Handouts

Scope and Content Note

Assorted Events
Box 2, Folder 2

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection April 2000

Physical Description: Papers, formal Letters, Statements

Scope and Content Note

Documents concerning the Student Initiated Outreach Committe
Box 2, Folder 3

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 2000

Physical Description: Flyers and Handouts

Scope and Content Note

Affirmative Action Campaign
Box 2, Folder 4

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1999

Physical Description: Flyers

Scope and Content Note

Non- Praxis Slates
Box 2, Folder 5

1996-1999

Physical Description: Flyers, Pamphlets, Articles

Scope and Content Note

Concerning Chiapas, the Zapatistas, and Mexican migration.
Box 2, Folder 10

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1998

Physical Description: Flyers, Printed Emails, Statements

Scope and Content Note

Nuestros Esfuerzos y la direccion del Centro Cesar Chavez

Note

Chicano Education
Box 2, Folder 11

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1999- 2000

Physical Description: Flyers, Pamphlets

Scope and Content Note

Latin Fest/ Semana de la Raza
Box 2, Folder 15

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection January 2000

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

The Sol Project
Box 2, Folder 16

n.d.

Physical Description: Poem Book

Scope and Content Note

Psycho fuck
Box 2, Folder 17

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection Summer 2000

Physical Description: Correspondance

Scope and Content Note

UCLA magazine for Michael de la Rocha
Box 2, Folder 18

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 2000

Physical Description: Flyers

Scope and Content Note

The Praxis Family flyer
Box 2, Folder 19

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 21 June 1998

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

UCLA's 25th Raza Graduation
Box 2, Folder 20

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1998

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

The Nineteenth Annual UCLA All African Peoples' Graduation Celebration
Box 3, Folder 1

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 11 March 2000

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

Fifth Annual Chicana/Latina Conference
Box 3, Folder 2

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 6 March 1999

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

Fourth Annual Chicana/Latina Conference
Box 3, Folder 3

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 3 April 2000

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

Fierce Tongues: Saboreando Libertad
Box 3, Folder 4

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 9 June 1997

Physical Description: Resource Manual

Scope and Content Note

The Student Movement for Curricular Reform

Note

The Establishment and Growth of the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA by Michael de la Rocha and Margarita Reyna Gonzalez
Box 3, Folder 5

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1995-1996

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

UCLA Orientation Program
Box 3, Folder 6

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 16-19 April 1997

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

fourteenth Annual Conference Chicana y Chicano Scholarship

Note

Un Compromiso Con Nuestras Comunidades
Box 3, Folder 7

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1996-1997

Physical Description: Report

Scope and Content Note

Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc.
Box 3, Folder 8

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1991

Physical Description: Book

Scope and Content Note

L.A.'s Lethal Air; New Strategies for Policy, Organizing, and Action

Note

Notes inside text are done by Michael de la Rocha
Box 3, Folder 9

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 20 November 1999

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

3rd Annual Latina/o Queer Youth Conference
Box 3, Folder 9

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1995

Physical Description: Atlas (Printed material)

Scope and Content Note

Third Word Atlas, Second Edition, by Alan Thomas Marginal a.ms. notes by Michael de la Rocha
Box 3, Folder 11

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1998

Physical Description: Booklet

Scope and Content Note

Reaching for the Dream: Profiles in Affirmative Action The Programs and the People Whose Lives They Change
Box 3, Folder 12

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1997

Physical Description: Booklet

Scope and Content Note

La Voz de Tenochtitlan: La Lengua Azteca

Note

Includes a.ms notes on ruled paper
Box 3, Folder 13

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1996

Physical Description: Book

Scope and Content Note

Higher Education Opportunities for Woman and Minorities
Box 3, Folder 14

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection Jan. - Apr. 2000

Physical Description: Magazine

Scope and Content Note

Prevailing Winds Magazine

Note

With annotations and marginal notes
Box 3, Folder 15

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 2000

Physical Description: Pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

Ten Percent Magazine (A journal of gay rights)
Box 3, Folder 16

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 2000

Physical Description: Magazine

Scope and Content Note

Latino Leaders Magazine
Box 3, Folder 17

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection [2000]

Physical Description: Pamphlet

Scope and Content Note

Zionism
Box 3, Folder 18

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1996

Physical Description: Magazine

Scope and Content Note

Covert Action Quarterly
 

Series 2. Manuscripts and Research Materials

Box 1, Folder 4

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1971-1991

Physical Description: Book Chapters and Articles

Scope and Content Note

Chicanos in Education
Box 1, Folder 6

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection March 1999- Feburary 2000

Physical Description: Notes and Papers

Scope and Content Note

UNAM strike- de la Rocha's Organization
Box 1, Folder 14

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1998- 2000

Physical Description: Notes, Clippings, Pamphlet, Flyer

Scope and Content Note

Prevention and combatting of Hate Crimes at UCLA
Box 1, Folder 20

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1998-2000

Physical Description: Papers, Letters, Packets, tables

Scope and Content Note

Movement from students for Affirmative Action
Box 2, Folder 6

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1999- 2000

Physical Description: Notes, Flyers, Correspondace

Scope and Content Note

Concerning the Praxis Family, and the USAC 2000 elections
Box 2, Folder 8

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1999- 2000

Physical Description: Personal Letters, Pamphlets, Survey, Agenda, Invitation, Certificate

Scope and Content Note

USAC and Michael de la Rocha in student Affairs
Box 2, Folder 9

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 29-30 August 1998

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

Building a New Raza Left, Encuentro

Note

Learning from the past to work in the present for a better future
Box 2, Folder 12

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1996-1998

Physical Description: Written Notes/demands, timeline, Papers, Flyers

Scope and Content Note

Save the Chicano Studies Research Center
Box 2, Folder 13

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1991-1998

Physical Description: Timeline, Email Letters, Clippings, Framework Plan

Scope and Content Note

Chicano Studies Department
Box 2, Folder 14

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1995

Physical Description: Program

Scope and Content Note

New Student Guide Fall Quarter 1995 at UCLA
 

Series 3. Articles / Clippings

Box 1, Folder 2

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1 April 1998

Physical Description: Newspaper

Scope and Content Note

UCLA Today
Box 1, Folder 5

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1996

Physical Description: Articles and Papers

Scope and Content Note

Chicano Labor
Box 1, Folder 7

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1997

Physical Description: Article and Interview

Scope and Content Note

Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia by Emily Toth UC Professor Wins Gender Discrimination Lawsuit
Box 1, Folder 12

Michael de la Rocha MECHA Collection 1989-1998

Physical Description: Articles

Scope and Content Note

American Indian Studies at UCLA American Indian Civil rights