Florencio Aranda, Ph.D., coordinator of diversity and inclusion initiatives, was named president-elect of the state board for Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education.
TACHE is a professional association committed to the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for Chicanos/Latinxs/Hispanics in higher education.
“With my recent selection as president-elect, I look forward to continuing to work alongside such talented, committed and intelligent TACHE colleagues, to expand the resources and services that TACHE provides to our membership,” said Aranda. “Moreover, in my role as president-elect, I will serve as chair of the 2022 TACHE State Conference, which will be hosted in Fort Worth in February 2022. This will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the beauty and richness of our TCU and Fort Worth communities, while highlighting the vast cultural and intellectual advocacy and innovation contributed by Latinx leaders from across Texas.”
Aranda currently chairs the TACHE mentoring program and is a committee member for the 46th Annual TACHE State Conference. The president-elect will serve one year, an additional year as TACHE president and continue on the board as immediate past president. Other executive officers serve two-year terms.
“TACHE is my professional familia where I can collaborate, innovate and create impactful change in the lives of so many Latinxs in Texas, while honing my craft as a student affairs professional and diversity and inclusion advocate.”
At TCU, Aranda helps support and promote an institutional vision for diversity and inclusion and imbed the DEI strategy into the campus culture. He also works toward creating an environment that promotes inclusive excellence, creating opportunities for learning and development for faculty and staff and communicating about the programs and progress of DEI initiatives.
“As a first-generation college graduate, higher education truly changed my life. A college education has provided me with infinite opportunities that I never even imagined possible, and it is my responsibility to give back and to serve others,” Aranda said. “TACHE’s mission and values align with my personal and professional goals. Therefore, I am beyond honored and blessed with this opportunity to serve as TACHE president-elect. I am ready to expand the service and advocacy for my community and all individuals seeking higher education in hopes of leaving my small but significant mark on this world.”
Aranda said his goal is to establish a TACHE chapter at TCU for others to benefit from the organization the way he’s been impacted. Contact Aranda via email for information.