In the Fall of 2007, Congressman Rubén Hinojosa convened a group of community leaders for a meeting that was held during the Hispanic Engineering Science Technology Conference (HESTEC) week. The group included the following: University of Texas Pan American (UTPA), South Texas College (STC), Texas State Technical College (TSTC), University of Texas Brownsville (UTB), Avance – Rio Grande Valley, Texas Migrant Council, and representatives from the offices of U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar and U.S. Congressman Salomon Ortiz.
The initial meeting of the group allowed the group to discuss the purpose of the South Texas Reading Initiative. It was decided that the new group would cover the same geographic area as the Region One Education Service Center located in Edinburg, Texas. The service area covers from Laredo to Brownsville along the Rio Grande border.
Today the South Texas Literacy Coalition is 35 organizations/members strong and continues to work diligently to serve as a voice for the literacy community, while helping make a difference in the lives of children and families by providing literacy resources.
Increase family involvement in literacy activities.
Increase community awareness and understanding of the importance of literacy through the implementation of annual on-going events.
Collect and maintain current data on literacy challenges and best practices in the service area and defining and prioritizing goals based on this data.
Secure and distribute resources, and develop plans to provide training and technical assistance.
Facilitate collaboration among coalition partners.
Increase funding for STLC operations and programming.
Maintaining current information on the literacy challenges facing groups in the Region One Education Service area which includes the counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, Starr, Zapata, Webb, and Jim Hogg.
Dr. Ida Acuna Garza - Executive Director
Robert Rosell President - President - Mission Chamber of Commerce
Maria Elena Ovalle - Secretary Retired - Library and Media Services
Veronica Rodriguez - Treasurer Chair, Child Development Department, South Texas College
Ricardo Contreras - Immediate Past Pres. Public Information Officer, Office of Laura Hinojosa, Hidalgo County District Clerk
Octavio Saenz - Member - Spokesperson, Texas Department of Transportation
Dr. Dahlia Guerra - Advisory Council Member - Vice-President for Public Art, University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
Laura Hinojosa - Advisory Council Member - Hidalgo County District Clerk