About WCA

WCA Goal

The Willamette Chicano Alliance is a collective of caring Chicano youth, professionals and community members dedicated to creating resilient and self-sustaining communities.

Our youth-centered programs strive to provide our participants with the necessary tools to become agents of positive change in their respective communities. We use an indigenous / Chicano centric worldview to ensure that our organizational approach aligns with qualities and characteristics present in the communities we are serving.

WCA Mission

Historically, specific groups have been excluded and oppressed outside, and within the Chicanx / Latinx community. As an organization, we acknowledge these groups with the following statement committed to equitable and inclusive practices:

– Willamette Chicano Alliance is inclusive of all individuals without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, gender expression and identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or other classification. We believe that every individual should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

– Willamette Chicano Alliance intends to contribute to the achievement of all people while narrowing the opportunity gaps for Chicano youth. Our goal is to build/support critically conscious, resilient, and transformative Chicano youth to achieve academically, socially, and economically.

To accomplish this goal, Willamette Chicano Alliance will examine how privilege, oppression, and history affect the practices of our organization and apply that learning to our work to affect meaningful change.

We know that working towards equity and inclusion will require reflection and persistence. Willamette Chicano Alliance will continuously work to review our programs, values, relationships with partners and policies that shape our growth and work as an organization.

Willamette Chicano Alliance is not undertaking this task first or alone. We seek to be a leader in creating equitable and inclusive programs, practices and policies. Achieving this will require collective engagement, commitment, expertise and input from families, youth, and the broader community about our programs and progress.

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