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TABPHE is a membership association dedicated to the issues of Black faculty and staff at colleges and universities statewide. We invite you and other college and university personnel to participate in what will be the year’s best investment toward your professional development and exploration of issues effecting African-American males. TABPHE is committed to improving the educational system and closing the educational gaps in TexasThe TABPHE State Conference is specifically designed to address the educational needs of Blacks in higher education, along with promoting the goals identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s African-American Male Advisory Committee.

This prestigious affair will attract attention across the state by bringing together representatives from academia, state government, corporations, private industry and non-profit organizations. This joint conference will also be an excellent venue for local, state and national businesses to showcase their products and services.

The TABPHE State Conference is your opportunity to serve and play a significant role in a movement to prepare the way for the future!



Faculty Institute

The Faculty Institute will convene as an early conference activity to address issues of connecting African-American faculty (public school and higher education) to pipeline issues that impact the success of African-American students.

Staff Institute

The Honorable Reby Cary Staff Development Institute will convene during the conference to include leadership development, mentoring and additional networking opportunities.

Student Institutes

The Graduate Student Institute and the Erma Johnson-Hadley Undergraduate Student Leadership Institute will convene during the conference to include student leadership development, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Variety of Sessions & Activities

The TABPHE State Conference has a number of sessions and activities from which to choose.  These include:

      • 12 Workshop sessions from which to choose       
      • 3 General Sessions w/Major Speakers           
      • Graduate & Undergraduate Student Leadership Institutes 
      • Faculty Institute
      • Staff Development Institute             
      • Conference Luncheon            
      • Awards Banquet          
      • Special Reception for First-Time Attendees              
      • 2 Nights of Entertainment
      • 15+ Exhibitors
      • Free-Time Activities (sight-seeing, shopping, etc.) 

State Representative Jarvis Johnson(L) one of the 2017 TABPHE State Conference Keynote Speakers, pauses for a photo with a TABPHE Past President Tanisha Shorter..

Conference Presenters and Speakers

TABPHE is pleased to announce that a number of distinguished individuals have agreed to share their expertise at this year’s conference. 

During the conference, you will have multiple opportunities to dialog with the workshop presenters and major speakers as they share their ideas, inspiration and innovative presentations that reflect the essence of this year’s conference theme.  Topics and issues may include:

      • P-16 Initiatives, Successes & Challenges
      • Texas’ 60x30 Plan (THECB):  College Student Debt, Completion, Marketable Skills or College Readiness
      • African-American Male Initiatives, Research & Solutions
      • Mentoring Students, Faculty, Staff and Administrators
      • Effective Academic Advising
      • Leadership and Professional Development
      • Career Colleges Impact on Higher Education
      • Social Networks in Higher Education
      • Motivation and Support Staff Issues
      • Maximizing Resources:  Improving Access to Higher Education
      • Parents, Public Schools and Postsecondary
      • Uses of Technology in Higher Education
      • Issues Facing Faculty in Academia
      • Communication and Teambuilding
      • Distance Learning in the 21st Century
      • Diversity and Multiculturalism
      • Recruitment and Retention Issues
      • Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
      • Minority Serving Institutions
      • Economics and the Global Economy
      • Conflict Management and Resolution
      • Reflections of Open/Campus Carry
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