A message from THE TACHE President

Familia bonita,

Welcome y bienvenidos to your Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education. It is my honor to serve as your president through February 2022 and to focus on the needs of our higher education community state-wide.

TACHE has played a very important role in the advancement of Chicanas/os/x and Latinos/as/x since 1974. Never has our mission and vision been more important. In a period in which we are having courageous and necessary conversations about race, our siblings in the economic and social periphery, and the role of higher education at the local, state, and national level as we seek to achieve a post-pandemic economic recovery, TACHE must play a central role. Our work, voice, and insight are more necessary than ever and TACHE is here to help support our membership by providing resources, cariño, and respite.

Have you been considering becoming a TACHE member? Now is the time! Over the last year, we have increased our programming and benefits for members including but not limited to book clubs, exclusive lectures, and professional development opportunities hosted by our regions and TACHE partners like Excelencia in Education!

Thank you to our dedicated members for your engagement and support. To those considering membership, come be part of an amazing organization that exists to ensure nuestro éxito-our success!

Con ustedes en la lucha,

Mayra Olivares-Urueta, Ph.D.

TACHE President

Visit the 2022 Conference page for Announcements

"It is such an honor and privilege to lead the TACHE 2022 Conference Planning Committee. Not only are these wonderful committee members some of the most dedicated scholars, practitioners, advocates, and leaders in Texas; they are also multifaceted and bring an array of lived experiences and professional expertise. While members of this committee are volunteering their time, they give 100% of their energy and are ready to put on a top-notch state conference that highlights the wonderful initiatives and work being done by our Latinx/ Chicanx/ Hispanic comunidad in U.S. Higher Education."

Dr. Florencio U. Aranda III

TACHE President-Elect; 2022 Conference Chair

RE: Texas Senate Bill 3 and Texas House Bill 3979

Published on 8/5/2021

In light of recent attempts by the Texas Legislature, the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) would like to formally voice objection to the Texas Senate Bill 3 and Texas House Bill 3979, and any future legislature that intends to diminish and altogether erase important historical people and events from our state’s history curriculum. Examples include but are not limited to Critical Race Theory, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech and works by influential and revered people such as César Chávez and Susan B. Anthony. These historical figures offer a deeper understanding of our state’s history by looking at these historical figures and events through a transnational approach. Senate Bill 3 intentionally excluded “most mentions of people of color and women from the state’s required curriculum.” More damaging perhaps is the fact that this exclusion includes, “history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways which it is morally wrong.” It is sad in this day and age that we need to formally condone the teaching of white supremacy as morally wrong. As advocates for Chicanos in higher education and as staunch supporters of teaching American and Texas history accurately, we collectively and unequivocally denounce Texas House Bill 3979 and Senate Bill 3. These bills aim to erase our history and contradict our organization’s mission—"to improve educational …opportunities for Chicanos in higher education” and “assist in the promotion of the history and culture of Chicanos in higher education.” We stand in solidarity with our sibling educators in K-12 and in colleges and universities across the state and are eager to work with them in their efforts to continue to validate and celebrate the experiences of minoritized people who have been historically excluded but who have been such an imperative part of the Texas and American story.

Statement from TACHE state and regional leadership.



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