Belinda Saldaña Harmon, Director of Community Outreach for the Institute for P-20 Initiatives, was named president of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) at the 42nd Annual conference held in Austin from February 26 –March 1, 2017.
Ms. Harmon served as president elect the year prior and presided as chair of this year’s conference. The theme of the conference was “Creer y Crecer: Inspiring and Building a Stronger Nation Through Higher Education.” 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.
“I look forward to working with our board and others across the state to remove barriers to higher education and promote equity and access for families, students, faculty and staff. Education beyond high school is an economic development tool that builds stronger communities, a stronger Texas and ultimately a stronger nation.”
Ms. Harmon has worked in higher education for over seventeen 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.
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.
For more information about TACHE or to view conference photos, please visit TACHE.org