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 co-conspirators of the work of liberation.  Below are resources and organizations that open or specific to Hispanic/Latinx students.

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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.

Somos Tejas State - Hispanic / Latinx Student Support Fund

Fundraising Campaign: Somos Tejas State

Each year we strive to raise $10,000 to support the professional development of our Hispanic, and Latina/o/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 Dr. Toni Moreno directly at

Authentic Latin American Art

Our History is Your History

Institutional Inclusive Excellence – Student Initiatives 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.

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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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