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 September edition of the Office for Diversity (OFD) newsletter! This month, we share an interview with a former student, Dr. Joseph J. García ‘93. We are excited to announce the establishment of the Office for Diversity Student Advisory Council (SDAC), a recognized student organization that serves as a student advisory body to the Office for Diversity. 

The Office for Diversity is excited to announce the presenters for the 2021 Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series. Applications are open for the 2021 - 2022 Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program. Please explore the calendar events and news sections of the newsletter to connect with our Texas A&M and Bryan-College Station community.
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Dr. Joseph J. García '93


Former Student Shares Impact of Lifetime Work

Family values and service guide civil rights work with the Peace Corps.

Through his work as a civil rights activist, Peace Corps National Diversity Liaison, educator, and scholar, Dr. Joseph J. García '93 has impacted lives internationally through... 

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


Texas A&M University’s Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program is a faculty pipeline initiative that connects those advancing outstanding scholarships with relevant disciplinary units on campus. The ACES Fellows Program is a two-year (24 month) fellowship for early career Ph.D.s. Applicants should have earned their Ph.D. (or appropriate terminal degree) no more than four years from the time of application. Fellows begin their appointment Fall 2022. 
The ACES 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 for the School of Law are due by 11:59 pm Eastern on February 1, 2022 and all other units’ applications are due by 11:59 pm Eastern on November 1, 2021.


The Office for Diversity Student Advisory Council (SDAC), is a university-wide committee that serves as a student advisory body to the Office for Diversity. Members will assist with the implementation of diversity, campus climate, equity, and accountability policies and practices. If you are an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student and would like to apply, applications will be available Fall 2021 for membership beginning in Spring 2022. For more information, visit our student profile on StuAct at
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The Don & Ellie Knauss Veteran Resource and Support Center (VRSC) proudly provides caring, personalized and continuous support to Aggie undergraduate and graduate student veterans and military-affiliated students. Visit the new location in the Northwest Corner of the Memorial Student Center (MSC), Suite 1500, Texas A&M University. 


The Brazos Valley African American Museum has been selected to receive a FY2021 Museum Grant for African American History and Culture award for application MH-249902-OMS-21, from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. Over the two-year period the $50,000 grant will be used to...


Counseling and Psychological Services is now accepting new members for telehealth group counseling. Identity-based groups are available for First Generation Students of Color, International Student Support, LGBTQ+, Men of Color, and Women of Color. See the Fall 2021 Group Counseling Schedule for more information. 


Texas A&M University at the 2021 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE)

Approximately 180 Texas A&M students, faculty and staff attended the 2021 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). The conference was held in virtual format June 7-11, 2021. Congratulations to the fifteen Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff who presented at NCORE 2021! To learn more visit our website by clicking the button below.


The Accessibility in Aggieland Archive is now available online.

The purpose of the webinars is to promote proactive accessibility and educate the campus community on the many different situations where accessibility is important.

The webinars were all held via zoom and recorded. The webinar videos are posted on the Center on Disability and Development website.

Sessions included:
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • ADA in the Workplace: Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Promoting Accessibility of Online Meetings and Presentation
  • Providing Access in Student Organizations and Activities
  • Canvas Accessibility
  • Virtual Accessibility
  • Everyday Ableism: Unpacking Disability Stereotypes and Microaggressions
  • ADA 31st Celebration and Accessibility 101 Webinar
The Fall 2021 Accessibility in Aggieland webinar series registration is open.
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Dr. Annie S. McGowan


Memorial Student Center Fall Leadership Conference 

Dr. Annie S. McGowan, Interim Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity, Dr. Mark Weichold, Interim Provost & Executive Vice President, Dr. Tim Scott, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Student Success, and Dr. Ann Kennimer, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies served as members of the Texas A&M Administration Panel during the MSC 69th Annual Fall Leadership Conference on August 24-26, 2021. The MSC Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) fosters the development of useful leadership and interpersonal skills and promotes a spirit of unity and cooperation among incoming student leaders at Texas A&M University. More than 100 Texas A&M student leaders were given the tools to lead their organization by Texas A&M focus group leaders, speakers, and former students.
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Dr. John E. Hurtado    Luz E. Herrera, J.D.


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has selected John Hurtado, Ph.D., Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and interim agency director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and Luz E. Herrera, J.D., Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education as 2021-2022 fellows for the Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo. The program is designed to increase diverse representation in executive and senior-level positions in higher education. More than a dozen nationally recognized current and emeriti presidents and senior-level administrators serve on the faculty. 

More information about the HACU Leadership Academy/ La Academia de Liderazgo announcement is available here.
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September is "Not Another Aggie" Suicide Awareness Month! View the Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office (SAPO) website for events and programs throughout the month of September.

September Calendar of Events

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In The News

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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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