Connecting those advancing accountability, campus climate, and equity.
Connecting those advancing accountability, campus climate, and equity.
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Howdy and welcome to the October edition of the Office for Diversity Newsletter! This month, we feature Dr. Jocelyn Frelier, Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies and ACES Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University. 
Explore the month’s resource spotlight on the Syllabus on Self-Care and Wellness for Social Justice Activists. Meet the newest members of the Office for Diversity: Dr. Omar Rivera, Director of ACES, and Ande Burks, Executive Assistant III.
If you are seeking professional development opportunities, we invite you to attend the upcoming Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series. As always, please explore the calendar section to find ways to get involved in our campus community.
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The Enhancing Diversity Seminars are designed to engage the campus community in dialogue around topics and issues related to diversity, campus climate, equity, and inclusion. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all welcome and encouraged to participate. The Fall 2021 seminars will be held virtually. Registration is open for October 21 and November 18, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT.  REGISTER
Dr. Jesse O'Rear
Dr. Jesse O'Rear


The October 21, 2021 seminar will feature Dr. Jesse O’Rear, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University and an Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Faculty Fellow. The presentation “Transitioning Bodies, Transformative Stories -- Transgender Autobiographical Narratives in the United States,” examines autobiographical narratives presented by trans-identifying artists in their work and reflects on the existence of and possibilities for sharing trans autobiographical narratives through live performance.
Dr. Cinthya Salazar
Dr. Cinthya Salazar


The November 18, 2021 presentation will feature Dr. Cinthya Salazar. Dr. Salazar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University and an Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Faculty Fellow. The presentation “Undocufriendly “does not equal” Undocuserving -- Undocumented College Students’ Perceptions of Institutional Support,” will discuss the findings of a qualitative study that examined the extent to which an undocufriendly campus setting was actually fostering undocumented students’ success and meeting their needs.
LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month begins October 1st! Learn more about its history and meaning! View the LGBTQ+ Pride Center calendar for opportunities to engage.
Dr. Jocelyn Frelier
Dr. Jocelyn Frelier


ACES Faculty Fellow delves into the impact of migration on individuals, families, and communities.

Dr. Jocelyn Frelier is a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies and ACES Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University. Dr. Frelier completed a Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2018 and joined Texas A&M in 2020.

Dr. Frelier is preparing her first book manuscript, “Transforming Family: Queer Kinship...

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Hispanic Heritage Month began September 15th! Learn more about its history and meaning! View the Hispanic Heritage Month calendar for opportunities to engage.


ACES Faculty Fellows Applications Open
Texas A&M University’s Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Faculty Fellows Program is a faculty pipeline initiative that connects those advancing outstanding scholarships with relevant disciplinary units on campus. ACES Faculty Fellows are hired as Visiting Assistant Professors with the expectation of transitioning to tenure track (pending departmental review) at the end of the fellowship period. The ACES Fellows Program is a two-year (24 month) fellowship for early career Ph.Ds.  Fellows begin their appointment Fall 2022. 
The ACES Faculty Fellows Program is funded by the Office of the Provost, and administered by the Office for Diversity at Texas A&M in partnership with the following unit(s): The Bush School of Government and Public Service, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, College of Geosciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Medicine, Galveston Campus, School of Law, School of Public Health, and the College of Science. Applications now open!


The Office for Diversity invites you to explore the resources available on our website, and view the Resources web page video below! You will find information on campus organizations, funding opportunities, toolkits and syllabi covering a wide variety topics, and Frequently Asked Questions.

This month’s spotlight is on the Syllabus on Self-Care and Wellness for Social Justice Activists. This collection of links provides education and local organizations to help care for your mental health.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lord
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Dr. Troy Harden
Dr. Troy Harden


Dr. Troy Harden, Director of the Race & Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) presented to the Diversity Operations Committee (DOC) during their September meeting. He discussed the institute’s research efforts and RESI’s 30th anniversary planned for November 1-5, 2021. RESI, founded in 1991, has a mission to highlight Texas A&M’s strengths and academic leadership in research relating to the study ...


Welcome to the Office for Diversity
The Office for Diversity has hired Dr. Omar Rivera, Director of the Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Faculty Hiring Program and Mrs. Ande Burks, Executive Assistant to the Interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity at Texas A&M University. 
Dr. Omar Rivera
Dr. Omar Rivera


Dr. Omar Rivera is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M where his research focuses on Latinx and Latin American social and political philosophy. He is the author of two books, Delimitations of Latin American Philosophy: Beyond Redemption (Indiana Press, 2019) and Andean Aesthetics and Anticolonial Resistance: A Cosmology of Unsociable Bodies (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).
Mrs. Ande Burks
Mrs. Ande Burks


In 2018, Mrs. Burks was awarded the Staff Excellence Award from the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University followed by the Texas A&M College of Engineering Staff Excellence Award in 2019. Mrs. Burks is also an active member of the Junior League of Bryan-College Station. Please join us in welcoming our newest team members.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! View the Health Promotion website for events and programs throughout the month of October.

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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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