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  • Wednesday, June 09, 2021 1:02 PM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    The 87th  Texas Legislature concluded its regular legislative session on May 31, 2021. Legislators faced unique and unprecedented challenges this session due to the pandemic and severe winter weather event that created additional obstacles to the traditional legislative process, unforeseen issues with the state’s energy infrastructure, and pressures on the state’s budget.

    Although the Legislature grappled with many priority issues facing the state, lawmakers provided important investments in Texas higher education, prioritizing students and policies that will support the state’s economic recovery and long-term economic competitiveness.

    Click here to read the THECB Legislative Update.

    (Source: THECB)

  • Wednesday, June 09, 2021 10:20 AM | Adrian Jackson (Administrator)

    TABPHE Talks, a panel of black professionals, will tackle COVID-19 on June 10, 2021 at 5:30 p.m., with guest panelists Dr. Quevarra Moten and Dr. Joyce Tolofari. 

    Dr. MotenDr. Quevarra Moten originally from Houston, Texas is an international expert in leadership, learning and teaching, and mental health support. She currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Central Texas. Dr. Moten received her doctorate of Education in Transformational Leadership at Concordia University, Portland, Oregon.

    She received her Masters of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Quevarra received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Prairie View A&M University.

    Dr. Quevarra believes that transformation first begins with a thought. She has traveled the world sharing her journey gracefully navigating the hurdles of personal mental health, while supporting a loved one's mental illness. Her journey encourages others to obtain support and resources to help them through their personal journey.

    Dr. TolofariDr. Joyce Tolofari earned her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focus is a needs assessment for retention of African American students in the Associate Degree of Nursing program at Austin Community College. She joined ACC Professional Nursing department as a professor in 2015.

    From 2015 to 2016, Dr. Tolofari served by teaching fundamentals in nursing to first-year students. From 2016 to 2017, she taught the sophomore students. She was then assigned to fill in the mobility track program to teach paramedics, surgical techs, and LVN nurses in 2017.

    One of her goals as a nurse leader is to collaborate with leaders and experts on healthcare teams and the Austin community to impact change. To that end, she collaborates with a diverse group in the Greater Austin - Leadership Austin Essential 41, where they work towards a community-wide system change.

    In nursing, she serves on the Texas Nurses Association District 5 as the Director of Programs and Continuing Education, 2019 -2021. She is a mentor to the Texas DNP members and as a facilitator of Nurses Together. When she worked as a floor nurse and as a circulation nurse in the Interventional Radiology department, during resuscitation with the healthcare team, and now in academia, she has often felt a strong sense of teamwork. Her motto is, there is strength in numbers!!!

    Her leadership vision is to discover her capacity for self-actualization by cultivating professional leadership skills that lead to higher ability in educating and encouraging college students to persist to graduation. Her overall goal is to collaborate with interprofessional leadership and stakeholders in formulating innovative policies to engage and motivate individuals to comprehend the value of pursuing good health and self-care.

    Join the conversation: June 10, 2021, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

    ZOOM Meeting ID: 9510 343 9389, Passcode: 351440

    Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education provides opportunities for professional development that enrich higher education personnel and improve the quality of our career growth. Join us within a local chapter and at our annual conference as we continue to make strides to improve higher education for African Americans in the state of Texas: tabphe.org.

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:03 AM | Bruce August (Administrator)

    DR. Roland Smith, JR. receives namesake award from American Association of Blacks in Higher Education

    Please join me and the entire TABPHE State Board in congratulating our very own Dr. Roland B. Smith, Jr. on both a leadership award being named in his honor and his being named the first recipient of the award.  The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) surprised Dr. Smith at their national conference (virtual) opening session.  Indeed, a high honor!  Any congratulatory remarks can be sent to Roland at rbsmith@rice.edu.

  • Thursday, April 01, 2021 12:29 AM | Bruce August (Administrator)

    TABPHE Mourns the Loss of a Former State President

    After a brief illness, Pearlene “Pearl” Conyers transitioned to be with our Lord on Saturday, March 27, 2021, while resting quietly at her home in San Antonio.  During the 1990s, Pearl served the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) honorably as a member of the San Antonio Chapter, President of the San Antonio Chapter and a TABPHE State Board Member. In 1999, she was voted to serve as President-Elect of our association, and in 2001, she ascended to TABPHE state presidency and served in that capacity until 2003.

    Pearl spent her life as a devoted Christian and active church member. Professionally, Pearl was a counselor and Director of Counseling at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the longest serving members of the St. Philip’s family, having worked at the institution for 40 years. Current TABPHE State President Dr. Alexander Okwonna asks that all TABPHE members join with the TABPHE State Board in praying for the Conyers family. Pearl Conyers’ loving spirit will be missed by all.

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