Mayra Olivares-Urueta, Ph.D. #vpmami

Dr. OU currently serves as Vice President for Student Development Services at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus. Her work as an educational administrator is framed by awareness of community cultural wealth, funds of knowledge, and critical race theories. She works to create an environment in which students feel safe, cared for, and at-opportunity (rather than at-risk). 

Dr. Olivares-Urueta’s research focuses on the success of Latinx students and on infusing anti-deficit narratives into higher education about all minoritized students. She is whole-heartedly devoted to community colleges and their students. Dr. Olivares-Urueta has served as a recruiter, student life coordinator, academic instructor, registrar, researcher, and executive administrator. Additionally, she has held administrative roles for research projects through the University of North Texas’s Latino Family College Access Program and nationally through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). 

Mayra holds bachelor’s degrees in European Studies and in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. In 2013, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in higher education from the University of North Texas. She lives in Arlington, TX with Alejandro, her husband of 10 years, and their daughters Isabel (6 years old) and Olivia (4 years old). She enjoys spending time with her family, singing along to all the songs her daughters love, and traveling. 

Taryn Ozuna Allen, Ph.D. #scholarmami

Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen is an associate professor in higher education leadership in the College of Education at Texas Christian University. Her research interests focus on the educational experiences of traditionally under-represented students, particularly Latino students, as they access, transition, and enroll in higher education. She employs qualitative approaches to explore the roles of individuals and experiences that facilitate college readiness and support college transitions. Her current research projects focus on the influence of dual credit in Latino students’ college experiences. She has published in the Journal of Higher EducationJournal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal of Latinos and Education, among others. 

Dr. Allen earned her B.A. in General Family and Consumer Sciences and M.Ed. degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She earned her doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in Mexican American Studies. She is affiliated with Project Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (MALES) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions. 

Taryn lives in Fort Worth, TX with her husband, Philip, and their three-year old son, Anthony. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, building magnet super-structures with Anthony, and Zumba!