MANA, A National Latina Organization, is a nonprofit, advocacy organization established in 1974. It's mission is to empower Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy. MANA fulfills its mission through programs designed to develop the leadership skills of Latinas, promote community service by Latinas, and provide Latinas with advocacy opportunities. Support for these programs is derived from members, corporations, foundations, and government grants. The organization was founded in 1974 by Mexican-American women, the membership voted to become MANA, A National Latina Organization in honor of the diversity of its ranks. Today MANA advocates for all Latinas.
The Austin local Las Comadres was started in Austin (April 2000) by Elizabeth Garcia and Veronica Rivera as an informal face-to-face gathering of Latinas. Nora Comstock, whose passion is building community and sharing resources, used her technological background to take the concept all these comadres groups had in common to the next level using the Internet and the Web. Nora transformed the informal in-home gathering into the national and international Las Comadres network. Jack Bell's technological expertise and financial support have been key to both the survival and growth of the organization. Jack Bell, is Nora Comstock's husband. Today in cities all over the US and also internationally, Latinas are engaged in dialogues about education, employment, culture, and resources, among other things. The email connection is known as Las Comadres News Network (LCNN). LAS COMADRES PARA LAS AMERICAS continues to grow on a daily basis as Latinas build personal and professional relationships with one another.
Texas Association of Chicanos In Higher Education (TACHE) www.tache.org
The idea of establishing a statewide organization of Chicanos in higher education originated in September 1974, with the Chicano Faculty Association of the University of Texas at Austin. Professors Teresa H. Escobedo, Efraim Armendariz, and Leonard A. Valverde wrote a proposal that was funded by the National Education Task Force de La Raza, Southwest Regional Office, then directed by José Cárdenas. At a February 1975 Education of Mexican Americans conference held in Austin and sponsored by the Chicano Faculty Association, the Mexican American School Board Members Association, the Texas Association of Mexican American Educators, and the Texas Association for Bilingual Education, a steering committee was selected to plan and implement the association. Out of over 700 Chicanos in professional staff positions in higher education in Texas identified by the steering committee, 156 attended the Mexican Americans in Higher Education Conference held in San Antonio, where the constitution was approved on August 9, 1975.
During its 80 years of history, LULAC has worked hard to bring many of the positive social and economic changes that Hispanic Americans have seen. LULAC has fought for voting rights and full access to the political process, and equal educational opportunity for Hispanic children. It has been a long and often difficult struggle, but LULAC's record of activism continues to this day, as LULAC councils across the nation hold voter registration drives and citizenship awareness sessions, sponsor health fairs and tutorial programs, and raise scholarship money for the LULAC National Scholarship Fund. This fund, in conjunction with the LNESC (LULAC National Educational Service Centers), has assisted almost 10 percent of the 1.1 million students who have gone to college. LULAC's activism has extended to the realm of language and cultural rights as well. In response to an alarming increase in xenophobia and anti-Hispanic sentiment, LULAC councils have fought back by holding seminars and public symposiums on language and immigration issues, and its officers have spoken out on television and radio against the "English Only" movement to limit the public (and in some cases, private) use of minority languages.
Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) www.tamacc.org
TAMACC is a private non-profit corporation with a 501(c)(6) IRS designation. TAMACC was founded 35 years ago by a small group of Hispanic businesspersons interested in increasing business opportunities for themselves and other similar business owners. The association, with headquarters in Austin, Texas acts as the organizational umbrella providing advocacy, technical support, programs, and services to the network of local Hispanic chambers.
National Hispanic Professional Organization www.nhpo.us
Founded in 2004, The National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO) is a networking, non-profit, membership-based organization that provides a myriad of educational seminars and professional development training to foster and promote self improvement, professional advancement and personal achievement.
The Texas Diversity Council (TXDC) is commited to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The TXDC is a great opportunity for organizations to learn from some of the top corporate leaders in the area of diversity. The TXDC is currently made up of four Councils throughout the state of Texas. The Councils serve the greater Metropolitan Areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.