Professor Chronicles Chicanos, Texas Higher Ed

The civil rights crusade and the activism of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education of the 1960s are chronicled in the new book, Images of America: The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, by Professor José Angel Gutiérrez (Political Science).

“This project was a labor of love,” says Gutiérrez, who co-authored the photo-laden political book with his wife, Natalia Verjat Gutiérrez, a professor of languages at Tarrant County College.

The 128-page book contains nearly 200 photographs, maps, and images from the archives at UT Austin. They range from a poster promoting a documentary about the banning of the Mexican American Studies program at an Arizona college to photos of high-ranking Mexican Americans in higher education such as Raymund Paredes, Texas Higher Education commissioner, and Francisco Cigarroa, UT System chancellor.

The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education was founded in 1975 by a group of junior faculty at UT Austin determined to improve opportunity in higher education for Americans of Mexican origin.

Read more about Gutiérrez’s book.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jennifer Trujillo says:

    Will Dr. Gutierrez be promoting this book? I’m a former student of his who is now a teacher and I would love to bring my classes to hear him speak

    1. utalibarts says:

      Jennifer, I would contact Dr. Gutierrez directly at and ask about an in-class visit. We’re unaware of his book promotion plans at this time.

      James Dunning, COLA Communications,

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