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CMAS Director, Dr. Pamela Quiroz will be honored as a 2019 Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Award winner at a Proclamation presentation Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 1:30 p.m at City Hall. Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board will recognize Dr. Quiroz for her work as an educator in the community.

Perchance to DREAM: A Legal and Political History of The DREAM Act & DACA



 Michael Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance at the Univeristy of Houston, as announced his forthcoming book to be published in 2020 by NYU Press.




Fely Aguilar Named New AAP Program Director

Congratulations to Fely Aguilar on accepting the Academic Achievers Program Director position. Fely has been counseling the AAP students since 2010 and continues to give her all to the program. 



Dr. Quiroz Selected as Houston Business Journal 2019 Women Who Mean Business Honoree


CMAS Director, Dr. Pamela Quiroz has been named a Houston Business Journal (HBJ) 2019 Women Who Mean Business Honoree. The criteria for selection included, career achievement, contribution to company and city success, community involvement and leadership. All honorees will be recognized in a special section of HBJ's October 4th weekly edition and at an awards gala on October 3rd. 

Learn more about the recongition here.


Dr. Cortina Named New Co-host of Houston Public Media Podcast

CMAS Associate Director and Professor of Political Science, Dr. Jeronimo Cortina has joined the Houston Public Media podcast Party Politics as the new co-host. Dr. Cortina joins fellow UH Political Science professor Brandom Rottinghause. Stay tuned here for new episodes beginning September 6, 2019.


Academic Acheivers Program Alumni Feature

Alice Valdez graduted in 2012 with a B.S. in Electrical Power Engineering Technology and is now workingalice-valdez-aap-alumni.jpg as a Field Engineer II with Calpine Corporation. She entered  AAP as an Austin High School student and was then accepted  into the University of Houston and became the first in her family to graduate from a university.

She said this about the program, "No one achieves anything alone. The strong support system I was provided with in the Academic Achievers Program has been instrumental to my success. The AAP staff and mentors helped me find resources, handle difficult situations and stay motivated in pursuing my goals."

Read the full interview here.


Congratulations, Dr. Quiroz! 

Director of CMAS and Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz was selected to be honored by Texas Executive Women as one of their 2019 Woman On The Move. 

She is set to be honored along with other distinguished women at their Women On The Move Luncheon set for October 28 at Hilton Americas-Houston. To find out more about this award and how to attend this Luncheon, click the following linktexas_exec_women

CMAS Celebrates the Graduation of 13 AAP Students at the Hilton 


This past Friday CMAS celebrated the successful graduation of 13 AAP students at the Hilton College Flamingo Room. The graduation dinner was attended by the graduates, their family members, and the CMAS Staff.

Rebeca Treviño even came out of her recent retirement to help present the graduation plaques to the students alongside Fely Aguilar.

We at CMAS are so proud of our students and their achievements and wish them the very best in their future endeavors. 

CMAS Staff Attend Latin Women's Initiative Fashion Show and Luncheon

screen-shot-2019-05-21-at-3.14.54-pm.pngOur sponsors, Latin Women's Initiative (LWI), recently invited the CMAS Staff to attend their 17th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon at Hilton Americas-Houston.

We at CMAS are proud to call Latin Women's Initiative a longtime supporter of our Academic Achievers Program.

To find out more about LWI and their mission, click the following link.


CMAS Sponsors CITGO Take CMAS Staff to Astros Game

screen-shot-2019-05-21-at-3.07.41-pm.pngOur friends and sponsors CITGO recently invited the CMAS staff to the Astros-Rangers game at Minute Maid Park earlier this month.

We would like to thank Jerry Santos and Sandra Arispe and all of our friends at CITGO for inviting the staff to what turned out to be a really fun and exciting game.

We are very grateful for your consistent support in our academic endeavors with our students, faculty, and staff. 

CLASS Professor Awarded 5-Year, $900,000 Research Grant 


Andres Viana, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, received a five-year, $900,000 award from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Viana's project is titled "Synergistic Effects of Anxiety and Alcohol Use Among Latinos and its Sociocultural Mechanisms." 

To find out more about Professor Viana and his research click the following link.

Congratulations, Professor Viana!   



Famed Houston Artist, Daniel Anguilu, Completes Two Murals Within CMAS Office


Daniel Anguilu, a prolific local artist whose works have become synonymous with Houston street art, has completed two murals within the CMAS office.

CMAS is extremely proud to support and house the works of Latino-identifying artists like Anguilu. 

Be sure to get a first-hand glimpse of the newly done murals tentatively titled Flor Y Canto by visiting the CMAS office during normal business hours. 




Valenti School of Communications Features Interview with Jorge Ramos


For more than 30 years, Jorge Ramos has been one of the most trusted voices in journalism. Often referred to as “The Walter Cronkite of Latin America,” Ramos is known to ask tough questions.

In this episode, Ramos shares his beliefs about journalism and his role as a journalist recounts how he got his start, and talks about his legacy.

Give this interview a listen on Soundcloud by clicking the following link



CLASS Features IUPLR's Latino Art Now 2019! On Homepage

The University of Houston's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is currently featuring the Latino Art Now! 2019 Conference on the CLASS homepage with an accompanying press release. 
With statements given by Dean Antonio Tillis of CLASS, UH Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Provost Paula Myrick Short and Director of CMAS and Executive Director of the IUPLR Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz, the article goes in-depth as to why the conference is a significant and visible showing of the university's mission to maintain and cultivate diversity. 

To read up on the press release, click the following link.

Artwork Provided by Lizbeth Ortiz.



Houston Public Media Features Director Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz

Houston Public Media recently featured an interview with Director of CMAS and Executive Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz, to talk about the importance of the upcoming Latino Art Now! 2019 conference to the local and national Latino community.

To listen and read up on her interview, click the following link.

Great job, Dr. Quiroz!


18 CMAS AAP-UH Students Named to Dean's List 2018!!

Congratulations to the 18 high-achieving AAP UH students that were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2018 semester.

To qualify for this recognition, students must earn a 3.50 minimum grade point average in 12 or more semester hours completed during the semester. 

We're very proud of you all and your hard work!


Arte Público Press to Receive Prestigious Award from National Book Critics Circle

The National Book Critics Circle has announced that Arte Publico Press, the nation's largest publisher of U.S.-based Hispanic authors, has received the prestigious Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Award is given annually to a person or institution with an extensive history of significant contributions to book culture. Learn more about this recognition here


Faculty Senate Election Results 2019-2020

Congratulations are in order! Faculty Senate leadership transitioned to new President Raúl Ramos of the Department of History. 

Dr. Ramos is a very active faculty member of CMAS and is a very familiar face at all of our events. We would like to thank him for his continuous support and dedication to the University and to our cause. 

We would also like to congratulate CMAS Associate Director, Dr. Jeronimo Cortina, for his election as President-Elect for the following academic year.