Mujeres Ayudando la Raza (MAR) is a nonprofit, community-service based organization that strives to be an inclusive support group for Latinas of UC Davis. We are a group that retains students through the formation of long-lasting friendships and academic support, and we share an interest in helping our community. We uphold our values through participation in various community services, including the two annual community services known as Youth Conference and Migrant Center that we host. MAR has been active at UC Davis for 26 years and has 50 members.
In the fall quarter of 2015, we volunteered in about two Arboretum Plant Sales, Sudwerk’s Oktobrewfest, the Sacramento Breast Cancer Walk, Montgomery Elementary School’s Dia de los Muertos, Explorit Science Center’s Spooky Science Nights, and 3R Rescue in Winters.
Plans for the Year
We have plenty of more upcoming events, including the planning of our Youth Conference and Migrant Center held in the Spring. Winter quarter, we volunteered in BloodSource’s blood drive, Woodland Tree Planting, as well as the North Bay Region Academic Decathlon. We have more community services to look forward to.
Benefits of Being Involved with MAR
As a support group, we do many activities together to promote friendships and retention, including social activities with other organizations in the Chicanx/Latinx Community. We also hold quarterly study sessions to encourage and support each other through challenging moments of academic achievement.
MAR’s Past Collaborations
We are actively involved in our community. Our Social Chair ensures that we network with other organizations on campus.
MAR’s Contributions to the Community
MAR is very involved in the campus community. In the prior year, MAR participated in many campus community events including the Buzz, Activities Fair, Picnic Day Concessions, and Food Booth during La Raza Cultural Days (LRCD).
MAR’sAwards and Recognitions
Last year, Mujeres Ayudando la Raza won the UC Davis Community Service and Civic Engagement Award.
We were founded in UC Davis in 1990, and we have our sister organization in CSU Sacramento. We also have our brother organization Hermanos Macehual in UC Davis.
How to Get Involved with MAR
Students can find us on Facebook (MAR de UC Davis) or Instagram (MARUCDAVIS). If you’re interested in learning more about our upcoming events and meetings, be part our list-serve by contacting our Parliamentarian Thania Espinoza (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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