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 February edition of the Office for Diversity Newsletter! This month, we feature the outstanding scholarship of Dr. Eli Jones, III, Professor of Marketing and Lowry and Peggy Mays Eminent Scholar. Learn more about the Accessibility in Aggieland webinar series, and ACES Awards, which center on the three overarching goals of the 2010 Diversity Plan: Accountability, Climate, and Equity.
Learn about the Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee’s (AACDC) Mini-Grant Program call for proposals and the Office for Diversity Black History Month events. Finally, discover opportunities for professional development and events related to diversity and inclusion efforts during the month of February. 

As always, thank you for your continued support of the Office for Diversity’s efforts to advance our goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Texas A&M. Please continue to follow COVID-19 Guidance to protect our community here in Bryan and College Station.  
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2022 ACE Awards
The ACE Awards recognize the appreciation of our diversity, which involves an exploration of individual differences in a safe, positive, welcoming and nurturing, academic environment. The ACE Awards center the three overarching goals of the Diversity Plan: Accountability, Climate, and Equity, which are infused throughout the award categories and are considered criteria for nomination.

The ACE Awards acknowledge and honor students, faculty and staff in honor of their demonstrated commitment to the Texas A&M core value of RESPECT by promoting respectful treatment of others, affirming and encouraging individuals to take pride in their social and cultural identities, and including all in their definition of the “Aggie Family.” The ACE Awards are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Office for Diversity, Department of Multicultural Services, Disability Resources, Women’s Resource Center, Aggie Allies, LGBTQ+ Pride Center, Health Promotion, and Student Government Association Diversity Commission.

The 2022 ACE Awards will be held Wednesday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. For more information about nominations, please visit 2022 ACE Awards.
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February is Black History Month. View the calendar for a collection of programming and events across the Texas A&M University campus.
Dr. Eli Jones, III
Dr. Eli Jones, III '82, '86, '97 


Run Toward Your Goliaths
Dr. Eli Jones ’82, ’86, ‘97 is a Professor of Marketing and Lowry and Peggy Mays Eminent Scholar at his alma mater, Texas A&M University. He served as Dean of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University from July 1, 2015, to May 31, 2021. We spoke to Dr. Jones about his experience as a leader and the inspiration for his latest book, Run Toward Your Goliaths.... 


AACDC Mini-Grant Program

The Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee’s (AACDC) Mini-Grant Program call for proposals is open. 

The grant opportunity is open exclusively for Academic Affairs staff for new, creative, and innovative ideas to promote diversity and inclusion throughout your team, office, and Academic Affairs. Do you have a diversity speaker in mind for a large group? Do you have an idea for an activity that will promote inclusivity amongst your staff? The application is located at in the Mini-Grant Application section. Completed applications for Round 2 are due by 5 pm on, Friday, February 25, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Jennifer Kuehn at

Promoting Accessibility of Online Meetings and Presentations

Join the Center on Disability and Development (CDD) for their “Accessibility in Aggieland” webinar series. The purpose of this series is to promote proactive accessibility through inclusive practices and educate the campus community on the many different instructional settings where accessibility is important.     
The February 16, 2022 session will include speaker Justin Romack with Texas A&M University’s Department of Disability Resources. The webinar will include several practical ways for facilitating accessibility when planning, promoting and hosting online meetings, events and presentations. Registration link.


Towards a More Inclusive History
The Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series Symposium virtual program will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 12:00 pm CT. The event will include a keynote address and moderated conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed, historian and Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard. The New York Times bestseller,  On Juneteenth, will serve as a catalyst for the discussion on inclusive history in higher education.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of several books and has won over sixteen book prizes, including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in History for her book The Hemingses of Monticello. Most recently, Gordon-Reed released the New York Times bestseller On Juneteenth—telling the sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history. Gordon-Reed is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Humanities Medal. Registration closes on February 13, 2022, at 5:00 pm CT.
Huanshu Yuan, Ph.D.
Huanshu Yuan, Ph.D.


Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series
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 Spring 2022 seminars will be held virtually. Registration is open for March 24, 12:00 to 1:00 pm CT seminar.  REGISTER

The March 24, 2022, presentation will feature Dr. Huanshu Yuan. Dr. Yuan is an Associate Director in the Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University. The presentation “Demystifying the Model Minority Myth: Reflections and Implications for APIDA Students Experience and Success in Higher Education,” will critically review the concept of "model minority myth." The presentation addresses how the model minority myth impacts APIDA students and proposes suggestions for promoting their success in higher education. Please join us and register for the event. Registration closes on March 22, 2022, at 5:00 pm CT. 
Sam Collins and Sam Addington
Sam Collins '93   Sam Addington '20


Juneteenth: The Galveston Story Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion with Producers
Juneteenth: The Galveston Story Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion with Producers will be held virtually on Monday, February 21, 2022, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CT. Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas. Hear the stories as told by some of the family members of the people who were there in 1865, along with others. Learn what role they played in the shaping of Galveston and Texas history. The panel discussion following the screening will be led by producers Sam Collins '93, Wild Lion Production and Sam Addington '20, Sam Addington Media Productions. View the documentary trailer to learn more about the film. Please join us and register for the event. Registration closes on February 19, 2022, at 5:00 pm CT. 

Calendar of Events

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Send March events to Crystal Carter at by February 28 for consideration in the March newsletter.

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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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