Hi Mamis!

Welcome to our blog! We are thrilled you have decided to join us in this journey of being a Mami on the Move!

My name is Taryn Ozuna Allen, and I am originally from San Antonio, Texas. I currently live in Saginaw, Texas with my husband, Philip, and three-year-old son, Anthony. Between being a mami, wife, and scholar, life is hectic and constantly in motion!

I have worked in higher education for the past 15 years. I previously served in various positions in student affairs, diversity initiatives, and graduate education. In my current role, I serve as associate professor in educational leadership (emphasis on higher education leadership) at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. My responsibilities focus on teaching, research, and service: 

  1. Teaching – I teach graduate courses on history of higher education, college student development theory, diversity in education, among others. I also advise doctoral students working on dissertations and treatises.
  2. Research – I also love conducting qualitative research! My scholarly interests focus on the college-going pathways of Latinx students as they pursue baccalaureate degrees. In fact, my team and I were just awarded a $1 million Spencer grant to study teaching and learning in dual credit programs in Texas!
  3. Service – I serve my campus and local community through leadership and committee work. Service is a great way to give back and to link theory to practice.

When Dr. Mayra and I discussed the possibility of #mamisonthemove, I was excited about sharing expertise and knowledge related to pursuing graduate education and professional roles in academia. I was the first in my family to pursue a doctorate and to begin a tenure-track position, and I look forward to sharing tips with you! 

Thanks for stopping by. Please find us on Facebook and Instagram: @mamisonthemove. Share your stories and pics of being a #mami with us! We look forward to hearing from you.

Cuídate, Mami! You got this!

Dear Mamis,

Hola y bienvenidas! First and foremost, know we appreciate you spending your most valuable resource (time!) with us. We promise fun will be had and we will make this worth your time. 

I am Mayra Olivares-Urueta and I grew up in Monterrey, Mexico and San Antonio, TX. I live in Arlington, TX with my husband, Alejandro, and daughters Isabel (6 y/o) and Olivia (almost 4!). Needless to say, ya girl is busy! 

I will be celebrating 15 years in the field in of higher education on November 5, 2020. My time has been spent in Student Affairs and in institutions ranging from community colleges to graduate level medical schools. Community colleges are where my heart lies and where I have been for the last 7 years. Currently, I am in my third year as vice president for student development services at Tarrant County College and serve the Northeast campus in Hurst, TX. I am the chief student affairs officer for the campus and play a variety of campus and district roles. I am responsible for over 110 full and part time employees; for the strategic, operational, and fiscal function of the division as well as the management of all employees. The way I see it, my role is to create new and clear paths which enable our students’ success. I ensure students triumph educationally and ultimately empower them to be self-sufficient contributors to society in control of their personal and professional lives. It’s a huge job and I love every minute of it. 

From me you will hear about what it has taken to get to this professional milestone and how I’ve done it without sacrificing my desire and choice to have a home and family. I choose what I do wisely and don’t believe in balance. Rather, I believe in the power of choice and grace and on allowing myself freedom to mess up.

See you soon, Mamis! 


Mamis On the Move don’t do everything and what we choose to do, we don’t do perfectly. We’re about embracing the chaos, love, grace and mess that comes from moving through what we have chosen to do with intentionality.

At #mamisonthemove, our everything encompasses higher education academia and administration, our families and empowering our comunidad through education. 

Walk with us as we build a community of mothers leading in various higher education spaces. We are fostering a community of strength and power leading to all levels of educational leadership and knowledge creation. We are creating a new narrative enabling us to make space to more powerfully fit into academic spaces. The space will enable us to be fully seen, celebrated and engaged. This space will give way for our whole, messy, grace-filled, amazing selves for the benefit of our students, families, and most importantly, our children. 

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