POLS Grad Student Honored by TACHE

Llanes
Llanes

For her work with immigrants and their children, Political Science graduate student Olivia Llanes will be honored this month by the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education.

Llanes (’12) will attend the group’s state conference Feb. 11-14 in El Paso, where she’ll receive the TACHE Fellowship Graduate Award for her current research with DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. As an undergraduate, Llanes volunteered with Proyecto Immigrante in Dallas-Fort Worth and worked with another U.S. Department of Homeland Security program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA

Llanes said the experience as an undergraduate gave her a clear research focus when she returned to UTA last fall to pursue her master’s degree.

“I wanted to explore the role of education and find a way to emphasize education with the migrant community and its children,” she said.

Vargas
Vargas

That desire for community activism led Llanes to help organize a TACHE chapter on campus. The group, led by political science junior Mario Vargas, has been recruiting on campus for the past several months and working with faculty advisor Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez (Political Science). Vargas said the group will focus on raising educational awareness in the Hispanic community and connecting high school students with college opportunities.

“TACHE is about giving back to the community,” he said. “We want to go back to the high schools and community colleges in the area and educate students and parents.”

TACHE was formed in 1974 by Chicano faculty at UT Austin. According to its website, the organization is focused on “the improvement of educational and employment opportunities for Hispanics in higher education.”

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(By James Dunning/COLA Communications, jdunning@uta.edu)

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