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TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF CHICANOS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF CHICANOS IN HIGHER EDUCATION. The idea of establishing a statewide organization of Chicanos in higher education originated in September 1974, with the Chicano Faculty Association of the University of Texas at Austin. Professors Teresa H. Escobedo, Efraim Armendariz, and Leonard A. Valverde wrote a proposal that was funded by the National Education Task Force de La Raza, Southwest Regional Office, then directed by José Cárdenas. At a February 1975 Education of Mexican Americans conference held in Austin and sponsored by the Chicano Faculty Association, the Mexican American School Board Members Association, the Texas Association of Mexican American Educators, and the Texas Association for Bilingual Education, a steering committee was selected to plan and implement the association. Out of over 700 Chicanos in professional staff positions in higher education in Texas identified by the steering committee, 156 attended the Mexican Americans in Higher Education Conference held in San Antonio, where the constitution was approved on August 9, 1975. The purpose of TACHE is "to provide a forum for the discussion of issues related to Chicanos in higher education and to cooperate in providing workable solutions to these issues." Its goals are educational advocacy through articulation of problems, needs, and issues related to Chicanos in higher education; networking with local, state, and national organizations to bring about changes in laws and policies detrimental to Chicanos; recruitment and retention of faculty, students, and professional staff; and cultural promotion. A statewide conference is held each year during the summer when scholarships for graduate students are distributed and Meritorious Service Awards presented. The executive committee utilizes TACHE's membership list to aid institutions in their affirmative action plans. El Noticiario, a monthly newsletter, has a national readership of 3,000 and is the organization's primary means for disseminating information pertaining to Hispanic issues in higher education. TACHE has also developed and published position papers and other reports important to Hispanic education issues. See also MEXICAN AMERICANS AND EDUCATION.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:TACHE Archives, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.
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