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Together with other Latinos in Texas, Mexican Texans are on a path to become the demographic majority in Texas by 2030. In the immediate Dallas-Fort Worth area serviced by the university -- including Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties -- more than 1 million Mexican and Latino Texans were counted by the 2000 U.S. Census (16% of Texas' Chicano and Latino population). And this is the fastest-growing segment of the region and state's overall population, and also the youngest on average. Historically speaking, Mexican Americans and Latinos are a people on the move.
Indeed this is a population whose growing significance to the nation, state and region will continue to grow in the immediate years and decades ahead. The best available demographic projections point toward this increased strategic role for Mexican Americans and Latinos generally. The University of North Texas, in recognition of these conclusions, has sought to respond initially through its offering of the Mexican American Studies minor.
Whether students enter into any number of careers -- including those in public service, government, finance, education, culture, health and other sectors -- they will be better prepared to negotiate and plan for success in their chosen careers by being appraised of, and sensitive to, the needs, strengths and potential contributions that the Mexican American and Latino communities will invariably bring to society in the present and a future that involve not only them, but every American.