Somos Tejas State

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Familia and cultural heritage are points of pride for our Hispanic, Latina/o/x, Mexican American, Chicano/a/x students. Unconstrained by one singular label, location, and language, our identities reside in the various places from which we come, the languages we speak, and the means by which we retain and celebrate our culture.

This mezcla is celebrated with our students as allies and advocates of the work of equity, inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and justice.  Below are resources and organizations that open or specific to Hispanic/Latinx students.

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Somos Tejas State - Hispanic / Latinx Student Support Fund

Fundraising Campaign: Somos Tejas State

Each year we strive to raise $11,000.00 to support the professional development of our Hispanic, and Latina/o/e/x identifying students. These funds are used to provide direct support to students to engage in professional development opportunities. Somos Tejas State focuses on student retention and professional development. It is critical that our student’s basic needs are met so that they can remain and thrive in college. Your generosity will help students access vital resources to be competitive members in the workplace after graduation.

If you are a current Texas State student in need of financial support to access your professional development goals, email us at excellence@txstate.edu.


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  • “Hello, my name is Angelica Martinez, and I am a biology major graduating December 2022. I was born in Georgia and raised in Mexico. I came back to the United States when I was 17 years old. I have been working to provide for myself. I hope one day to become a Dentist.”

    Angelica’s family still resides Mexico. Angelica chose to come to the United States for more opportunities in education and in a career as a dentist.

    Angelica works two jobs to support herself through school. She works as a dental assistant and as a restaurant hostess. She also creates and sells resin tumblers.

    Angelica’s friend Rosa, a Texas State alum, knew that Angelica needed help, and encouraged her to inquire about Somos Tejas State funding to assist with tuition payments.

    “It was a huge help. It was a relief,” Angelica says about receiving Somos Tejas State funding.

    When asked what receiving this scholarship meant to her, Angelica said, “It makes me feel like I am not alone. There are people out there wanting to help students. I feel like it is also a great example because in the future, when I have a job, I would like to do the same thing for students.”

    “I just want to say thank you for the support. I really appreciate it. It is a huge help. It is something that I am never going to forget.”

"Hello, my name is Angelica Martinez, and I am a biology major graduating December 2022. I was born in Georgia and raised in Mexico. I came back to the United States when I was 17 years old. I have been working to provide for myself. I hope one day to become a Dentist."

  • Karina Ogunlana is a 2017 Texas State University alumni, obtaining her Master of Education with a Major in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Texas State’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution brought her to Texas State, “It was very attractive to me,” she said.

    Karina appreciated the level of affirmation and support from university faculty and staff. Her favorite story to tell is when Dr. Margarita Arellano, AVP, Student Affairs told her, “You don’t know this, but you are going to be a doctor one day.”

    Karina is now serving with the Division of Institutional Inclusive Excellence and overseeing Somos Tejas State. When asked about her work with Somos Tejas State, Ogunlana said, “This has been very rewarding. I want to be a good steward of funds and help get students the encouragement that all of this is worth it and what comes next after graduation.”

    During her graduate studies at Texas State in 2017, Karina received the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award and was to be recognized at the American College Personnel Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Karina wanted to attend to receive this award, but she did not have the funding. It was the Division of Institutional Inclusive Excellence that first offered to provide financial support, and directed Karina to other avenues of support.

    “It was validation of everything I had been working for throughout my program,” Karina said of receiving funding to attend the conference. “The opportunity to make additional connections before graduating. It was incredibly validating. It was me going on my own merits.”

    Somos Tejas State began in 2019 to enhance the professional and workforce readiness of Latinx students. To accomplish this goal, Somos Tejas State sought to send students to conferences to receive professional development. When the pandemic happened, conferences were unavailable and Somos Tejas State leadership sought to broaden what it meant to get Latinx students workforce ready, and help students stay enrolled in school through scholarships to help purchase textbooks, teaching certificates, CLEP Exams, GRE exams, and overall helping Latinx students transition from undergraduate to graduate student.

    “The funding has been able to help so many people in so many different ways,” Ogunlana said.

    Moving forward, Karina Ogunlana would like to move back towards the original purpose to help students enter the professional workforce. “Re-establishing what we were doing initially with conferences, teaching certificates, and paying for exam fees,” Ogunlana said. In the upcoming year, Karina would like to help 10 students with exam and certification fees and help 5 students to attend a conference.

    Karina Ogunlana would like to personally thank the donors of Somos Tejas State. “People putting their money towards this helps students who might feel uncertain about the next step. Students who may not have family support because they may not understand. The generosity makes me feel proud to be a part of the Bobcat Family.”

"People putting their money towards this helps students who might feel uncertain about the next step. Students who may not have family support because they may not understand. The generosity makes me feel proud to be a part of the Bobcat Family."

  • “My name is David Hernandez Ramos and Somos Tejas State has helped me a lot. I know I am not the only one who needs help, and I know there will be a lot more students in the future who need help.”

    David’s anticipated graduation date is spring 2023 and he is a microbiology major with a minor in biochemistry. After graduation from Texas State, David plans to apply to medical school in hopes to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and study how mental and spiritual factors affect the overall physical health of the patient.

    He is an Instructional Assistant for two classes: Functional biology and medical microbiology.

    When asked about choosing to study at Texas State, Hernandez Ramos said, “It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

    “One of the big things that I really care about is that Texas State is a Hispanic Serving Institution. There are a lot of resources for Hispanic and first-generation students”

    David grew up in Houston and is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is a first-generation student and one of six children. “My parents always encouraged us to get an education. My parents moved to the United States for that reason.”

    David has received a scholarship each semester through Somos Tejas State to help with his textbooks and school supplies.

    “It might not seem like a lot for some people,” David says, “but not having to focusing on working extra hours helps me remove some of the stress and it allows me to focus on my school, my emotional health and being able to have a normal college experience. It really has helped me a lot.”

    Receiving support through Somos Tejas State has allowed David to feel a part of the college community.

    “Just knowing that there's other people out there that know that there's people who need help. And even though they might not know me, they still trust in me and believe that I can do it. Not only do I have my family that believes in me and supports me, but also my community.”

    When asked about what David learned from receiving support through Somos Tejas State, David said, “You are not alone.”

    “You have people rooting for you. It does not have to be someone that you personally know. A community is willing to assist you, and they want to see not only me, but others like me, succeed.”

    David would like to say thank you to the supporters of Somos Tejas State. “You might not know me personally. I will do what I can to pay this generosity forward. I say with gratitude, I would like to be able to provide support in the future for someone else.”

"My name is David Hernandez Ramos and Somos Tejas State has helped me a lot. I know I am not the only one who needs help, and I know there will be a lot more students in the future who need help."


Authentic Latin American Art

Our History is Your History

Inclusive Excellence – Student Connections and Belonging observes National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) which celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens with Hispanic ancestry.

They include: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. It also honors seven of our Latin American neighbors who celebrate their independence in September. Que viva!


Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de los Inocentes,” or the day of the children, and All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.

Día de Muertos
Grupo Folklorico Ocotochtli

Texas State’s Grupo Folklorico Ocotochtli awarded at The San Antonio Festivales de Mexico National Dance Competition

May 2022

Texas State’s Grupo Folklorico Ocotochtli awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies in 6 out of 7 dance entries at The San Antonio Festivales de Mexico National Dance Competition in San Antonio, Texas.

Grupo Folklorico Ocotochtli formed in November 1993 when ten students representing various Texas State Hispanic student organizations gathered to share their culture at the annual homecoming talent show.

Since its inception, Grupo Folklorico Ocotchli has preserved and showcased Mexican folkoric ballet ensembles and dances that represent traditional cultures in Mexico.


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Latina/o/x Minor Studies

a collage of hispanic influences

The undergraduate minor in Latina/o Studies is a multidisciplinary university-wide program. Students learn about the social, political, economic, historical and cultural processes that impact Latina/o communities in the United States. The minor emphasizes applied skills and knowledge, including research skills, for better participating in our diverse society.


Latin Music Studies

The Latin Music Studies area at Texas State University provides innovative programs and award-winning ensembles for both graduate and undergraduate students. 

Graduate students can pursue the Master of Music with a Concentration in Latin Music Performance.  Undergraduate students interested in music education can pursue the Bachelor of Music in Music Studies while being part of a vocal studio specializing in mariachi.  


Con Dolores Y César

César E. Chávez speaking at a protest
Dolores Huerta speaking at news conference
Dolores Huerta speaking at a protest
César E. Chávez at a protest
United Farm Workers of America
 César E. Chávez at a peaceful protest
César E. Chávez speaking at a UFW rally
Dolores Huerta speaking at a United Farm Workers of America rally

Texas State honors, remembers and celebrates César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta, co-founders of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). An official holiday in the states of California, Colorado and Texas, and, although not a federal holiday, the U.S. President proclaims March 31st of each year as César E. Chávez Day in the United States.  Individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate to honor Chávez's life and work.


Stay Connected at Tejas State

Great Resources and Opportunities! 

USACUnderrepresented Student Advisor Council (USAC) USAC is a programming and leadership development council comprised of various recognized Texa State student organizations.  USAC welcomes and supports organizations whose membership includes persons from groups which have been, and continue to be Underrepresented in higher education.

 

Alumni Association Hispanic ChapterHispanic Alumni Association - This chapter connects and mobilizes Hispanic alumni to strengthen and expand the opportunities for current and prospective students to succeed at Texas State and to establish closer contact between the University and Hispanic Alumni.

Hispanic Policy NetworkHispanic Policy Network - HPN is a staff and faculty organization committed to the improvement of higher education for Hispanics.  Their goal of educational advocacy, networking, recruitment, retention, scholarship assistance, culture promotion and working atmosphere help to create a warm and supportive campus climate for our Hispanic/Latino Students.


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