Venceremos is an alternative campus newspaper dedicated to representing and serving the Chicana/o community by advocating for social change and equality in its content and news production on the everyday issues that affect Chicana(o)/Latina(o) students and the working-class Chicana(o)/Latina(o) community, as well as their struggles with racial, gender, and economic inequality. During the fall 2007 and spring 2008 academic year, a group of 12 University of Utah Chicana/o and Latino/a students led by the paper’s first Chicana editor revived Venceremos, which was first published in 1993. Although supported mostly by members of El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlán (MEChA), the paper is not a MEChA publication and is organized as a separate student collectivity governed by its editors, and its relationship with University faculty. As the progressive student publication of the University of Utah and the larger community, the mission of the paper is to:
- Publish progressive Chicana/o journalism, i.e., advocating social change and full equality;
- Encourage the recruitment of prospective Chicana/o post secondary students to attend the University of Utah;
- Raise the consciousness of Chicana/o students of the University of Utah community at large;
- Encourage cooperation among all University student groups and all other agencies and organizations concerned with the issues facing Chicana/o students, faculty, and staff;
- Assist in building communication and working relationship between the working-class Chicana/o community and the University of Utah;
- Report and advance on the progressive political activities of Chicana(o) / Latina(o) students and to facilitate communication between Chicana/o students;
- Define, develop, defend our political views and cultivate cultural awareness;
- Strive for a better understanding of the greater working relationships with students from other developing nations.
Any student can become a member of the Venceremos staff. Venceremos staff works closely with campus, local, national and global agencies to give voice to the true experiences of people of color around the world and in our communities and provide a space for the counter-stories of our people.