Connecting those advancing accountability, campus climate, and equity.
Connecting those advancing accountability, campus climate, and equity.
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Welcome to the June edition of the Office for Diversity Newsletter! This month’s edition is bursting with exciting new research and programming opportunities. We feature Mr. Douglas Walker ‘89, Executive Director of KAMU Educational Broadcast Services at Texas A&M University. Additionally, we highlight Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata, former Office for Diversity ADVANCE Administrative Fellow, and her recently published book Learning by Design and Second Language Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice. 

Explore the upcoming events section, and take advantage of this wealth of opportunities to connect with the Texas A&M community! 
Enjoy the start of the Summer season, and take advantage of all the outdoors has to offer.
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Pride Month is celebrated in June. View the LGBTQ+ Pride Center website for resources and opportunities to engage.

ADVANCING CAMPUS CLIMATE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

McGowan named to Vice President position
Texas A&M President M. Katherine Banks on June 2 announced that Annie S. McGowan had been named vice president and associate provost for diversity, effective immediately. 
McGowan had served as interim since Dec. 1, 2020. Previously, McGowan was associate dean for undergraduate programs at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School, where she holds the Bill and Gina Flores Professorship in Business. She also served as assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at Mays from 2016 to 2018.
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Commemorate Juneteenth in Bryan, TX. Learn more about the variety of free, family-friendly events in honor of Juneteenth at Destination Bryan!

ADVANCING CAMPUS CLIMATE 

KAMU TV | FM 
Mr. Douglas Walker ‘89 is the Executive Director of KAMU Educational Broadcast Services at Texas A&M University. KAMU is Texas A&M’s public broadcasting station, providing TV and FM service to the Texas A&M community and the Brazos Valley. Mr. Walker works in coordination with the Division of Marketing & Communications to help guide strategic planning, visioning and management of the university’s TV and radio station, while improving its support for the educational mission, as well as its statewide and regional mission in public service. We spoke to Mr. Walker about the importance of including programming that is inclusive and respectful of cultures and upcoming programming regarding Texas history and Juneteenth.

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June is observed as Caribbean American Heritage Month. In recognition of National Caribbean American Heritage Month, we celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans.

OFFICE FOR DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT

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The Office for Diversity has hired Dr. Michael A. Dewsnap, Executive Director of the Learning Environment Engagement Program (LEEP) at Texas A&M University. Dr. Dewsnap is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the department of Humanities in Medicine at Texas A&M University College of Medicine where he teaches and is engaged in scholarly activity around leadership in medicine. His most recent publication is The Lived Experience of Medical Training and Emotional Intelligence which was co-authored with a faculty from Mass General Hospital and a Chief Medical Officer at a regional health care system in Texas.  

Dr. Dewsnap earned his MS.Ed. in Educational Administration from Baylor University and his Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Higher Education from Colorado State University.
Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata
Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata

PRODUCING OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP

Open Access Resources 
Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata is a former Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies and ADVANCE Administrative Fellow in the Office for Diversity at Texas A&M University. 
Dr. Zapata is the author of the newly published book, Learning by Design and Second Language Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice. Throughout the volume, Dr. Zapata has emphasized the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in second language education, highlighting the need for inclusive practices and critical approaches to teaching. Through the funding received from the Office for Diversity, three chapters have a Creative Commons License. Learn more about the book below...

CONNECTING THOSE ADVANCING CAMPUS CLIMATE

The Student Diversity Advisory Council (SDAC) is a university-wide organization that serves as a student advisory board to the Office for Diversity. The SDAC serves as a liaison between campus communities and university administration in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices. The SDAC had its inaugural meeting on April 19, 2022 and meets monthly. The Council is looking forward to...

ACES AWARDS CEREMONY

The Accountability, Climate, and Equity (ACE) Awards, formerly known as the Diversity Awards, were renamed in 2016 in the spirit of the goals of the Texas A&M University Diversity Plan. 

The ACE Awards acknowledge and honor students, faculty, and staff and their demonstrated commitment to Texas A&M’s Core Value of RESPECT. ACE Awards recipients promote respectful treatment of others, affirm and encourage individuals to take pride in their social and cultural identities, and include everyone in their definition of the “Aggie Family.” The ACE Awards are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the Office for Diversity, the Department of Multicultural Services, Disability Resources, the Women’s Resource Center, Aggie Allies, the LGBTQ+ Pride Center, Health Promotion, the Student Government Association Diversity Commission, and Campus Ministry Association.

Congratulations to all those nominated and to the award winners! Watch the 2022 Virtual ACE Awards Ceremony. For more information about the 2022 ACE Award winners, please visit 2022 ACE Awards.

Calendar of Events

Send September events to Crystal Carter at c.carter@tamu.edu by August 15 for consideration in the September newsletter.

In The News

Latinx student graduation coalition celebrates their 2022 graduation. Photo courtesy of Latinx Graduation Coalition
‘Sí, se puede’
The Battalion
Wilma Mankiller is being honored with a new U.S. quarter. J. Pat Carter/AP
Justine Lindsay announced that she made the Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleading squad at the end of March. Chanelle Smith-Walker/Carolina Panthers

Texas A&M has issued COVID-19 guidance to enhance the safety of those returning to campus. Free testing is available for all students, faculty, and staff who have symptoms or have been in close contact with known or suspected cases. The tests provided through this program are mouth swab tests that do not require assistance. More information can be found at the Student Health Services website.

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