A Celebration of Excellence, Culture and 40 Years of CMAS

Forty years ago, a group of determined students founded what would become the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) at the University of Houston.  In that time, CMAS has fostered research on Latinos in Texas and the U.S., mentored young scholars and nurtured countless high school students toward their dream of higher education.CMASlogo

Now it’s time to celebrate. The Annual Noche Cultural, commemorating 40 years of excellence in higher education, is planned for 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Hilton University of Houston Hotel, Conrad Hilton Ballroom.  

Funds raised support scholarships. The featured keynote speaker is State Rep. Joaquin Castro (District 125/San Antonio).

“The Center for Mexican American Studies has been very fortunate to have committed people working on its behalf, people who feel that they are part of a larger movement to improve the educational circumstances of our community,” said Tatcho Mindiola, professor and director of CMAS.  “Their dedication cannot be over estimated.”

The Center for Mexican American Studies was established in 1972 as an interdisciplinary academic program focusing on the Mexican American and broader Latino experience in the United States. With an aim to advance knowledge, promote critical thinking and foster the value of service to the community, CMAS has a broad spectrum of public and scholarly programs—the Visiting Scholars Program, the Graduate Fellowship and the Academic Achievers Program.  It also offers students the opportunity to minor in Mexican American Studies. 

For more information on the Annual Noche Cultural, call 713-743-3139.

WHAT: Center for Mexican American Studies “Annual Noche Cultural, Commemorating 40 years of Excellence in Higher Education”

WHO: Keynote speaker, State Rep. Joaquin Castro, District 125, San Antonio

WHEN: 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8

WHERE: Hilton University of Houston Hotel, Conrad Hilton Ballroom, University Drive, Entrance 1