Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) Records, 1968-2002
The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) is a professional association committed to the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for Chicanos/Latinos. TACHE works toward these objectives by providing state, regional, and local forums aimed at discussing and finding solutions to issues facing Chicanos/Latinos in higher education. TACHE’s stated functions are educational advocacy, networking, recruitment/retention of Hispanic faculty, staff, and students, as well as cultural promotion. Membership is open to faculty, administrative staff, and students at post-secondary educational institutions.
TACHE was conceived in 1974, and founded in 1975 by members of the Chicano Faculty Association at the University of Texas at Austin. Several other organizations were involved in creating and supporting TACHE’s founding, including The Mexican American School Board Members Association, the Texas Association of Mexican American Educators, and the Texas Association of Bilingual Education. The constitution was approved on August 9, 1975 in San Antonio, TX.
TACHE operates within a three-tier organizational structure: statewide, regional, and local. It is administered by an executive committee/board of directors. The President is part of this committee, which also includes Secretary, Treasurer, as well as representatives for Membership and for each Region. Past presidents serve as advisers to current administrations. There are several additional committees: Awards, Scholarships, Legislative, Programs, Publications, and Conferences. In addition to these statewide operations, TACHE also has regional and local level units, which organize their own workshops and meetings. The regions include South, Central, Gulf Coast, Northeast, Plains and Far West. Local chapters include San Antonio and El Paso.
TACHE has published several newsletters, most notably El Noticiario (published 1980-present). They also published a short-lived journal El Cuaderno, as well as several research reports including The Mexican Americans and Texas Higher Education: A Policy Perspective (1986). All of these publications have served to establish TACHE as the leading voice for the Latino community in higher education across Texas.
TACHE actively participates in the legislative process in the State of Texas. Its first legislative proposal, in support of the Texas Access and Equity 2000 plan, was initiated in 1994. TACHE continues to work through a policy committee to study appropriate policy initiatives for the Texas State Legislature. They also maintain a close relationship with state and federal politicians with interest in relevant fields.
Over the course of its history, TACHE has made attempts to recognize and support significant achievements on the part of Chicano/Latino faculty and administrators with awards. TACHE also awards scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students.
The records of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education are comprised of foundational documents such as charters and by-laws, as well as meeting minutes, correspondence, financial documents, annual conference materials, publications, reports, and legal documentation generated by TACHE. The collection is arranged into seven series: General, Executive Committee, Committees, Conference Materials, Binders, Chapter Records, and Collected Material.
The first series, General, contains copies of the original Constitution and By-laws of TACHE and the organization's Articles of Incorporation, as well as later revisions of these documents.
Executive Committee, the second series, documents the functions of the committee presiding over TACHE at the statewide level. The name of this committee and its officers have changed considerably over time; however, the nature of the documents in this series remains generally consistent. Executive committee meetings are well documented through minutes, agendas, and handouts relating to topics addressed. Correspondence of selected Presidents, Secretaries, and Treasurers round out the bulk of this series. Also noteworthy is correspondence between the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and various members of the TACHE executive committee, mostly on the topic of Affirmative Action. Additional records documenting the role of regional representatives within their regional and local chapters are found in series six.
The third series, Committees, contains the records of the nonexecutive TACHE committees: Awards, Scholarship, Legislative, Programs, and Publications. Much like with the Executive Committee, the names of many of TACHE’s committees changed multiple times, for example, the Legislative Committee subseries also contains materials produced by the Legislative Action Committee, and the Legislative Session. Publication materials included in the records of the Publications Committee make up a large portion of the Committees series. El Noticiario and El Cuaderno, and certain Research Reports were published for the TACHE membership as well as the general public and take the form of newspapers and booklets. Other publications such as the President’s Message, and Annual Membership Directories, were distributed only to members of the organization.
Conference Materials, the fourth series, documents the planning, proceedings, and evaluation of TACHE’s annual conferences. Materials in this series are arranged chronologically by conference year. Conference packets distributed to conference attendees are the most frequently occurring materials in this series. These packets include schedules, organizational brochures, and information concerning the location of the conference. This series also includes one videocassette documenting the “Higher Education Policy Forum” of the 2001 conference.
Binders, the fifth and largest series, represent the majority of the TACHE records from the years 1992-2002 that have been accessioned in this records group. Because the binders demonstrate the organizational intentions of their creator, the original order of these binders has been preserved. This series contains many of the same types of records as in the loose records in the six other series, including meeting minutes, correspondence, financial documents, and publications.
TACHE chapters represented in the Chapter Records, the sixth series, include the Central and Far West Regional Chapters and the San Antonio and El Paso Local Chapters. The bulk of these materials document Manuel Flores' involvement in the Central and San Antonio Chapters. Records include correspondence, meeting minutes, membership rosters, and newsletters pertaining directly to these chapters.
The final series, Collected Materials, includes publications, clippings, scholarly articles, and data analysis gathered by TACHE leaders over time on themes relevant to their organizational goals.
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Cite as: Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) Records, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.
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