Connecting those advancing accountability, campus climate, and equity.
Connecting those advancing accountability, campus climate, and equity.
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Happy March, and welcome back to the Office for Diversity newsletter! This month, please join us in celebrating Women’s History Month, the first day of spring, and the return of warmer weather! Thank you all for your outstanding support during our seminar with Annette Gordon-Reed, and the documentary screening of Juneteenth: The Galveston Story. 
This month we feature the Office for Diversity Student Diversity Advisory Council. Read ahead to learn about the Pathways-to-Doctorate program, an initiative to help boost the application and enrollment of students from underrepresented populations in Texas A&M University graduate and professional programs.
We highlight the President’s Council on Climate and Diversity (PCCD) meeting to review the 2020-2021 Diversity Plan Accountability Reports and their guidance on ways to strengthen, sustain, and promote our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. Finally, explore April events and opportunities from departments around the University and in the community. 
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March is Women’s History Month. View the exhibit guide created by the University Libraries' Diversity Advancement Committee to share resources that represent a broad range of women’s voices and stories.
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. 
Redeem Francis and Darby Salge
Redeem Francis '22                 Darby Salge '19


Student Diversity Advisory Council
Darby Salge '19 is a psychology doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development and Student Diversity Advisory Council (SDAC) chief student leader. Redeem Francis '22 is a second-year student at The Bush School of Government and Public Service and SDAC treasurer. 
The Student Diversity Advisory Council is a Texas A&M University university-wide organization that serves as a student advisory body to the Office for Diversity. The SDAC gathers ...

Virtual Accessibility

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 March 9, 2022 session, Virtual Accessibility, will feature Cynthia Kauder, with Texas A&M University’s Electronic and Information Resources. The webinar will include ways to improve access to faculty websites. The webinars are held via zoom and recorded as well as stored on the Center on Disability and Development website.

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My Student Support Program (My SSP) is provided by Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) specifically to support Aggie mental health and wellbeing. My SSP offers the following additional, immediate assistance.

•  Confidential, real-time 24/7 counseling available virtually
•  Scheduled appointments with a licensed counselor
•  Anonymous mental health assessments and extensive library
•  Support available in multiple languages

Click here for more information on My SSP @ TAMU


Pathways-to-Doctorate Program
Dr. Karen Butler-Purry, Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies, presented updates on the Pathways-to-Doctorate program during the February Diversity Operations Committee (DOC) meeting. The Pathways-to-Doctorate program is designed to help boost the application and enrollment of students from underrepresented populations in Texas A&M University graduate and professional programs.
The committee leading this charge is currently working on expanding doctoral pathway partnerships with Texas A&M University System institutions and Minority Serving Institutions. This will be accomplished by supporting 7 collaboration grants per year to academic units which initiate or strengthen graduate pathway partnerships through activities that engage sophomore through master’s level students from their partner institutions. This goal will be accomplished through supporting 32 TAMU Pathways-to-Doctorate Fellowships over 4 years. Through these partnerships and grants, the committee hopes to enhance the programmatic efforts of the TAMU Pathways-to-Doctorate program to build community and support timely graduation.
The Diversity Operations Committee (DOC) is a university-wide committee serving as an advisory body to the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. Each month, the DOC meets to discuss policies, operations, procedures, and all major plans for organizational change involving diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus.


President's Council on Climate and Diversity
On February 25, 2022, the President’s Council on Climate and Diversity (PCCD) met to review the 2020-2021 Diversity Plan Accountability Reports. The PCCD, established in 2007, is charged with providing counsel to the President, the Provost, and the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity on all ways to attract and retain culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff to Texas A&M University. The PCCD also provides guidance on ways to strengthen, sustain, and promote our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. For 2021-2022, the PCCD is led by chair, Dr. Debbie Thomas. We are so appreciative of the commitment and service that the PCCD provides to the university leadership. Their guidance and perspective strengthen, sustain, and promote our diversity efforts as we work to realize our goals and responsibilities as a public, land grant university.
To learn more about the 2020-2021 Diversity Plan Accountability reports, you can review the 2022 Diversity Gallery Posters.

Calendar of Events

The Second Wave National Nutrition Month 2022 International Student Association Week A movie poster for Dolor y gloria film by Pedro Almodovar
Send April events to Crystal Carter at by March 31 for consideration in the April newsletter.

In The News

Tatiana Erukhimova viral physics demonstration videos Billy Smith/Texas A&M of Marketing & Communications
Eight Study Body President candidates gathered at the SBP Candidates Town Hall on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. Photo by Joey Ward
Mason Alexander-Hawk ’24 stands in front of the statue of her great, great, great grandfather Sen. Matthew Gaines. Billy Smith/Texas A&M Division of Marketing & Communications

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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