Dr. Florencio U. Aranda III
Texas Christian University

Esteemed TACHE Familia, Friends, and Colegas,

Bienvenidos / Welcome to YOUR Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE). We are here to serve YOU and we look forward to doing so con intención y cariño!

Our, beautiful, professional organization is dedicated to the improvement and advancement of education and employment opportunities for Latinos/Hispanics/Chicanos in higher education. Our purpose is to provide state, regional, and local forums for the discussion of topics related to Latinxs/Hispanics/Chicanxs and to actively engage in building networks with individuals/organizations focused on securing changes in laws and policies that are detrimental to our constituencies. Moreover, because TACHE is the mecca of Latino success in Texas, we take pride in providing educational advocacy, cultural recognition and promotion, mentorship, fellowship, networking, and academic opportunities to our wonderful members.

Comprised of some of the most dedicated scholars, practitioners, advocates, and leaders, who are making important contributions to and for our Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic comunidad in Texas (and beyond), TACHE recently hosted a reinvigorating, in-person, 47th Annual State Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Our time together left our attendees ready to create meaningful and necessary changes in their respective institutions.

The conference theme of “Seguimos Floreciendo” was meaningful to our TACHE familia because these words perfectly describe the grit, resiliency, responsibility, collaboration, innovation, and tenacity that nuestra gente holds, which we draw upon from nuestras distinctas culturas, nuestros idiomas, nuestras tradiciones, y nuestras trayectorias. Our message remains steadfast as we will continue to flourish, contribute, expand, and lead the cultural/intellectual advocacy and innovation taking place in the State of Texas.

The TACHE State Board and I will utilize our vast lived experiences, education, and professional expertise to effectively lead the efforts most impacting our ever-changing Latinidad, while highlighting the scholarship, advocacy, and leadership in Higher Education being done by our membership.

As TACHE State President, YOU will remain the center focus of my term. I will work diligently to ensure that our selfless work and committed service continue to expand our vibrant higher education community state-wide. I will not only continue to enhance and advance the mission, vision, values, and goals of the Association, but I’ll do so in a way that honors and respects the work done by the selfless giants who came before me, while also creating greater success opportunities for those servant leaders who will soon follow after me.

Con humildad y respeto,

Dr. Florencio U. Aranda III

Twelve Higher Ed Professionals selected Fellows for the Career & Leadership Development Institute

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The second annual TACHE Career and Leadership Development Institute has selected 12 outstanding individuals to join the 2022 Cohort. This year's fellows represent 10 institutions across Texas and were nominated for their diverse range of professional experiences as transformational leaders.

The 2022 CLDI Fellows are:

· Lladira Aguilar - University of Houston

· Erica Castro - Houston Community College

· Florencio U. Aranda III, Ph.D - Texas Christian University

· Joseph Coppola - Palo Alto College

· Sarah Ho, Ph.D - Lone Star College, Tomball

· Maria Resendiz, Ph.D - Texas State University

· Evelyn B. Martinez - University of Texas, San Antonio

· Brian Moreno - University of Houston

· Jose Vazquez - University of Houston, Downtown

· Michelle Cantu-Wilson, Ed.D - San Jacinto College

· Priscella Correa, Ph.D - West Texas A&M University

· Jaime Javier Mancha - University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

The second annual Career and Leadership Development Institute cohort is named after past TACHE president and dedicated advocate, Maria C. Aguirre. Aguirre serves as Chair of the TACHE Advisory Board, and is recognized by colleagues for dedication, commitment, and longtime services to Texas State Technical College and to the association. The fellows will be invited to a one day leadership development institute on Sunday, February 27th and will be taught by an exceptional selection of CLDI faculty.


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