The overarching goals of La Raza Commission are to promote the following: Cultural empowerment, educating others about Latinx/Chicanx culture and histories, educating and providing avenues of discussion about diverse intersecting identities within the Latinx/Chicanx community, promoting higher education to Latinx/Chicanx youth, recognizing and honoring Latinx/Chicanx elders, striving for socio-economic justice; addressing political/social issues within the Latinx/Chicanx community, recognizing and combating gender inequalities.
The history of La Raza Student Commission is one that was conceived and fostered by student political activism. La Raza was founded by Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (MEChA) in 1981, and was originally called the MEChA Commission. MEChA was born out of the barrios in 1969, at the height of U.S. social unrest as communities of color demanded social and economic justice. MEChA formulated its direction from the barrios, committed to grass roots organizing and taking actions on behalf of its communities. The MEChA Commission changed its name to La Raza Student Commission in 1997 to ensure inclusion amongst all Latinxs and break down nationality divisions.