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Finding A Way: Developing the Center for Mexican American Studies at UH

The impetus for the Mexican American Studies Program at the University of Houston came from the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), a student group that began pressuring the University to establish Mexican American Studies in 1970. In the spring of 1971, a committee of faculty and MAYO representatives developed a proposal and the program became […]

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Tatcho Mindiola, Jr.: A Visionary at the University of Houston

Sometimes life takes on an unexpected journey. Tatcho Mindiola, Jr., director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and associate professor of sociology at the University of Houston, started out studying to be a businessman. Fortunately for the many students whose lives he has impacted, his own life took a different turn.

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Recalling Houston’s Early Days and its Oilmen: A Conversation with Jane Blaffer Owen

Jane Blaffer Owen, an arts patron, social activist, and preservationist, was the daughter of Robert Lee Blaffer, one of the founders of Humble Oil & Refining Company (now ExxonMobil), and the granddaughter of William T. Campbell, who established the The Texas Company, which became Texaco.

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The 1990 appointment of Maruerite Ross Barnett as the university's president was an important milestone for the campus. Phot courtesy of UH Photographs Collection, 1948-2000, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

UH & TSU Perpetuating “Separate but Equal”

In 1927, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) created two colleges during a local economic boom: Houston Junior College, and a “separate but equal” branch, Houston Colored Junior College. Eventually, they were designated the University of Houston and Texas Southern University respectively. What became TSU only admitted black applicants until 1956, and UH only admitted […]

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