Belinda Saldaña Harmon, Director of Community Outreach within the Office of P-20 Initiatives, was newly elected to the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) Executive Board for 2016-2017. She will serve as President in 2017.
Founded in 1974, the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) is a professional association committed to the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for Hispanics in higher education.
As the President-Elect, Ms. Harmon will plan and execute the TACHE state conference, preside in the absence of the President, and prepare quarterly and annual reports. She will help to represent TACHE across the state at meetings and events.
“For the last 15 years, I have worked alongside TACHE members and leadership to advocate for educational and employment issues affecting students, faculty and staff. I am excited about the opportunity to step up and lead an organization that stands up for the underrepresented in higher education,” states Harmon.
Ms. Harmon has worked in higher education for over fifteen years. She has served multiple times as the president of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education-San Antonio Chapter. She has also served on the State Board of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education as a regional representative and secretary. She has served on the TACHE conference planning committee under many TACHE Presidents.
Dr. Jude Valdez, Vice President for Community Services, states “Belinda’s leadership role with TACHE, gives UTSA a distinguished role and continues our legacy of commitment to this important organization of higher education professionals.” Currently, Belinda also leads the San Antonio Mentoring Forum. The forum focuses on one-to-one mentoring for youth within the Bexar County area.
Ms. Harmon, a first generation college graduate, earned a BA in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
The TACHE Conference will be held February 17th-20th, 2016, in San Antonio at the El Tropicano Hotel. To register for the conference please visit TACHE.org.