A Latinx Conference and Organization for Horned Frogs

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The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) will be hosting its 47th annual state conference here in Fort Worth from February 27th to March 2nd. The theme for this year’s conference is “Seguimos Floreciendo: Cultivating Resilient & Responsible Leadership through Latinx Awareness, Action & Advocacy.”

TACHE is an organization that advocates for Texas Chicanos and all Latinx populations in higher education through educational advocacy, providing networking opportunities, working to recruit and retain Latinx students, staff, and faculty and promoting cultural awareness.

The annual state conference will host panels and discussions by TACHE members from across the state, including presentations by TCU students, staff, and faculty. Additionally, the conference will provide participants opportunities to network with TACHE members, enjoy delicious Latinx cuisine, social hours and feature a special evening of Chicanx/Latinx art, dance, and poetry at Artes de la Rosa. The full conference schedule and information about registering can be found online.

TCU has been prominent in building TACHE and organizing the conference. Both the current TACHE President and the TACHE President-Elect and conference chair are proud Horned Frogs. The current TACHE President and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the College of Education at TCU, Dr. Mayra Olivares-Urueta says of TACHE, “this organization, established in 1975, is needed now more than ever. We are at a critical time in our history at the state and national level, when minoritized populations continue to fight for visibility, respect, and dignity in higher education and beyond. This first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic is bound to be an amazing professional development opportunity as well as food for the soul. We are excited to be in Fort Worth and looking forward to a fruitful event.”

The TACHE President-Elect and the Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at TCU, Dr. Florencio U. Aranda III (who goes by Dr. Flo), agrees, saying, “The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education is the mecca of Latino success in Texas, as it is comprised of, and highlights the numerous and important contributions being made by our Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic community in Texas and beyond. Being able to represent Texas Christian University on a state-level stage, as the President-Elect and Conference Chair, is a remarkable feeling as I am able to show people from across Texas the beauty that is Fort Worth (and the greater DFW area) and its remarkable people. As the incoming TACHE President, our association members (institutions and individuals) will remain the center focus of my term, and I will work diligently to ensure that our selfless work and committed service continue to expand our vibrant higher education community at TCU and state-wide.”

Soon, Horned Frogs will be able to join a new chapter of TACHE at TCU. Through the work and growth of membership in Horned Frog TACHE members, TCU is now in the final stages of creating its own official TACHE chapter. Nicole Sinclair, who works in TCU’s Office of Admission and is a TACHE member says, “I’m excited to be a small part of the creation of TACHE at TCU. Having our own chapter will allow TCU faculty, staff and students of the Latinx community the opportunity to build and grow relationships for years to come.” Susie Olmos-Soto, a Senior Consultant in Human Resources, championed the draft of the bylaws and constitution for a TCU chapter. “To work with this core group of awesome professionals was an absolute honor and privilege. There’s a long-time history and legacy of TACHE professionals in our Fort Worth and Tarrant County communities. I look forward to seeing (the inaugural!) TCU chapter approved and recognized as an operating chapter. Without hesitation, our team agreed to engage students as members and include a student officer position on the board,” Olmos-Soto said.

Anyone interested in learning more about TACHE, TACHE at TCU or the conference should contact Dr. Flo at florencio.aranda@tcu.edu.