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Cuellar Selected to Serve on TACHE Planning Committee

TCU doctoral student Stephanie Cuellar has been selected as one of 24 members to serve on the planning committee for the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) 46th Annual State Conference, which will be held in May 2021.

She is a second-year student in the higher education leadership Ph.D. program and works as a Graduate Assistant with M. Francyne Huckaby, professor of curriculum studies and School of Interdisciplinary Studies associate dean.

Cuellar said associate professor Taryn Ozuna Allen encouraged her to get involved with the TACHE organization, which has opened up networking and professional development opportunities. Cuellar and Allen co-teach TCU’s Minority Serving Institutions course and presented research on academic transitions of early high school graduates at the TACHE conference in February.

Prior to attending TCU, Cuellar received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Midwestern State University and worked in Student Affairs and Institutional Advancement. She said it’s always been her goal to earn a doctoral degree and help first-generation students navigate college.

“Initially it was so difficult to get into school; I didn’t have family helping me,” she said. “Helping first-generation, low-income students is in my heart because higher education changed my life.”

Cuellar said that holding on to her values such as her faith, voluntarism and maintaining strong relationships has grounded her through the doctoral program. Her research interests include resilience among minority populations and cultural identity development, and she hopes to obtain a faculty position after earning her degree.