TABPHE (Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education) at Del Mar College


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Barbershop Books kicks off in Corpus Christi
By Natalia Contreras of the Caller-Times
June 14, 2016

When young boys walk into Toby Stewart's barbershop this weekend, they'll get more than a haircut.

Like always, the boys will talk with Stewart and the other men at the shop about sports, about the neighborhood's comings and goings just the typical Saturday morning banter when they get their fade.

They'll also get a chance to read.

The Kant Be Faded barbershop on Ayers Street is one of two locations in Corpus Christi participating in the Barbershop Books Reading Program. The program is hosted by the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) and the locations in Corpus Christi will be Texas' first, officials said.

Children ages 4 to 8 will have the chance to grab a book and read it to their barber while getting a haircut.

Stewart, who has owned the shop for about nine years, said he and the other eight barbers are looking forward to encouraging the children to read and pursue an education.

"Teachers have a lasting and positive impact, and now (the barbers) will be able to help the children, too," Stewart said. "We want to do what we can to help the children in this community and make a lasting positive impact."

The Barbershop Books program is a nonprofit organization created by Alvin Irby from New York City. The program tries to provide a safe reading space in barbershops nationwide for African-American young boys. The program will encourage reading during the summer and after school hours, increasing positive self-perception, male engagement and student achievement, officials said.

"After we heard about this, we wanted to immediately sign up to sponsor reading spaces here," TABPHE vice president of public relations Tina Butler said. "This will encourage the children to read, and it will give them that male engagement that some don't get at home."

RJ's Hair Tech barbershop, also on Ayers Street, will be the other location with a bookshelf for the children. Gary Holt has been a barber for about 40 years, has seen children come by to get a cut, has seen them grow and has seen them leave Corpus Christi.

He said this is the first time he'll get to tap into his customer's education.

"They come to the barbershop and the conversation is always about life, their friends, their girlfriends. It's never about school and their grades," Holt said. "With this, we'll get to ask how they are doing in school, and it's a wonderful thing to be part of that."

The group plans to expand the reading program to more barbershops after fundraising efforts are met to purchase books.

"We'd like to have several book options for the children and be able interchange the books throughout the summer," Butler said.

A fundraiser dance is planned for Friday at the Galvan Ballroom, and the Barbershop Books Reading Program kickoff is set for Saturday also in observance of Juneteenth.

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TABPHE (Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education) at Del Mar College

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The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization comprised of higher education administrators, faculty, professional/classified staff, community members, and businesses working through local chapters to deal with pertinent issues pertaining to higher education in general and African Americans in higher education specifically.
TABPHE supports the idea that higher education personnel are rich in experience, knowledge and skills that play a vital role in helping educational institutions address key goals for achieving success in communities around the State of Texas.
As President, I would like to invite you to serve as an official corporate sponsor of the 37th Annual State Conference that will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 4-6, 2010 at the Omni Marina Hotel.

Each year, this prestigious affair attracts attention across the state by bringing together representatives from academia, state government, corporations, private industry and non-profit organizations.  Your contributions will support this year’s conference by allowing TABPHE members an opportunity to attend workshops, training sessions that address some of the numerous challenges facing educators today, collaborate on ways to improve access to higher education for minority students and offset some expenses incurred due to recent budget constraints in higher education.
The theme for the 2010 State Conference is “The Power of Change: Transforming Higher Education” and we are very excited about the prospect of having you join us in our efforts.  As Conference Chair, I invite you to support the 2010 Conference in one or more of the following ways:

  • Mark your calendar for March 4-6, 2010 and plan to attend the conference
  • Provide personnel from your institution to serve on the planning committee, as well as, to attend the conference
  • In-kind support (donations, giveaways, use of equipment, etc.)
  • Providing financial support at one of the following levels.  Please see attachment for level information.
    • Platinum -  $4,500
    • Gold -  $3,000
    • Silver – $2,000
    • Bronze – $1,000
    • Copper – $500

The 2010 State Conference promises to be unforgettable and we hope that you and your company will be actively involved.
To learn more about TABPHE and/or to let us know your commitment, please contact us by September 31, 2009 in order to be included in initial publicity and marketing for the conference and/or visit our website at

Del Mar holds forum to aid area's homeless population
Advocate: Funding would help boost housing options
By Isreal Saenz, Caller Times
April 24, 2007

Tony Reyes

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Mission 911 Executive
Director, Tony Reyes on
Monday told about 200
Del Mar College students
that the city and nation
need more funding for
affordable housing for
the homeless.

Adaptability has served Ronald Hamilton well.

The Del Mar College student said he wouldn't have survived
years living on the streets of New York, Atlanta and New Orleans without it.

"Either you get used to being homeless, or you die," he said.

While he has responded to change, he now wants to spark it. The 44-year-old sociology major organized Monday's Social Justice Forum on Homelessness at the college, which drew about 200 students. While other local and national activists who spoke at the event stressed statistics, Hamilton wanted to make it clear to the students that the homeless are not just numbers.

"I always fell short (of money)," he said. "My credit would get ruined, and I would get evicted. You find yourself helpless."

Hamilton said he was homeless off and on for years, and spent consecutive five years living on the streets of Atlanta.

One of the speakers, Mission 911 Executive Director Tony Reyes, said there are just more than 3,500 homeless people locally. The National Alliance to End Homelessness, an advocacy group, estimated in January there were 744,000 homeless people in the nation.

Reyes and other speakers advocated the reintroduction of the federal Bring America Home bill, which would expand government funding for affordable housing and include civil rights protection to the homeless. The bill was introduced last year but not passed.

But for Hamilton, president of the Del Mar College Social Justice Club and student government member, another goal is to send students a message.

"There is so much materialism and consumerism among young people," he said. "It's important to let them realize that there's more to life than what kind of car a person drives or clothes they wear."

Most of the students in attendance either were there for extra credit or for background to write class essays.

Breanna Lira, 20, was there because she had to write a two-page essay on the topic. But she said she also came away with some perspective.

"I usually won't give them money," she said. "But I feel like I would want to help."

Contact Israel Saenz at 886-3767 or

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Isn't it time we celebrate and come together to support,
network and empower each other?

Be a part of a Business Expo that promotes learning, brings together professionals, potential employers, institutions, and opportunity seekers. It will also provide a place where strong business connections can begin and grow.

Attendees will come face-to-face with informative and innovative exhibitors offering opportunities, showcasing their products and services to help you reach that goal,
by making valuable new connections.

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2006
WHERE: Del Mar College - East Campus (E.L. Harvin Center)

For more information call: Tina Butler at 698-1394 or 739-1367,
or Tammy Jackson at 698-2247

Don't miss your opportunity to attend this FREE Business Expo

Sponsored by:
The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE)
and the Juneteenth Coalition in observance of Juneteenth
& the "Ten Days of Celebration & Exploration of Emancipation"

2006 TABPHE Business Expo

TABPHE 33rd Annual State Conference

TABPHE's annual state conference is specifically designed to assess the needs and promote the goals of Blacks in higher education. Each year, this prestigious affair attracts attention across the state by bringing together representatives from academia, state government, corporations, private industry and non-profit organizations. The event is also an excellent venue for local, state and national businesses to showcase their products and services. The 2006 conference will be held March 30 - April 1, 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas.

2006 TABPHE 33rd Annual State Conference

Unity March

In the spirit of enhancing campus and community unity, please join Del Mar College faculty, staff, and students along with other community members and organizations for a "Unity March" in celebration of our diversity and in honor of our unity. This event will be held on Wednesday, February 1, from 12:30-2:30pm. Participants will begin the ceremony at the College's Peace Pole and then proceed around the campus to Creighton Plaza. The Key Note Speaker for this event is Judge Carl Lewis- Nueces County Court At Law 5. Musical entertainment will be provided for this event. In addition, refreshments will be provided upon the conclusion of the event. Interpretation for the deaf will be made available. This event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to participate in the festivities and to R.S.V.P. between Jan. 2 and 23, 2006. (The College will be closed for the holiday break from 12:30p.m. Dec. 16 through Jan. 1.) This event is sponsored by the DMC Diversity and Ethnic Awareness and Training Committee, DMC chapters of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, and the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, the College's Student Activities Office and DMC Registered Student Organizations. For additional information about this event, please contact Tamatha Jackson, TRIO Assistant Director, at 698-2247.

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Highlights from Past Events
June 16, 2004

"HIPHOP" A Youth Culture
The presentation focuses on four areas of Hip-hop: origins, elements, controversies and influences. This presentation is filled with audio and video clips as supplements to create a very interactive lecture. We take you back to the South Bronx park jams and introduce you to rappers from places like Japan, Lebanon and South Africa. This presentation embodies the concept of edutainment (educational and entertaining) with its scholarly approach combined with a youthful delivery and presentation. As Juneteenth is a celebration of the African legacy in America, this lecture exposes the youth to the struggles of African Americans and the influence these struggles had on producing Hip-hop. It presents Hip-hop as an extension of the greater African-American movement toward self-determination.


Juneteenth Celebration

The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education in honor of June 19, 1865 Freedom from Slavery, presents a Free Lecture: "African-American Leadership Needed for a Time Such as This." Tyrone & Yolanda Ray were accepted into the AAHE Black Caucus Leadership and Mentoring Institute in Savannah, Georgia which will be held July 6-12, 2003. Congratulations Tyrone & Yolanda!

The TABPHE -Corpus Christi Chapter participated in community wide Juneteenth Festival promoting education, the June 19th TABPHE Guest Speaker at Del Mar College and recruiting new TABPHE Members.


All Events are FREE and open to Students, Faculty/Staff and the Public
For more information, please contact Tina Butler at 698-1394 or Gloria Reed at 698-1902