Campus climate is characterized by the current attitudes, behaviors and standards of students, faculty, and staff concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential. Campus climate is a key factor in recruitment, satisfaction, productivity, and retention.
Texas A&M routinely assesses the campus climate to understand how the campus is perceived and experienced by students, faculty, and staff. The Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity works in collaboration with the campus community to address and remedy concerns that emerge.
History of Inclusion
To understand Texas A&M's campus climate, we need to understand the institution’s historical legacy of inclusion or exclusion of various racial or ethnic groups (Hurtado, Milem, Clayton-Pederson, & Allen, 1998).
In 2013, individuals from around campus and the community commemorated "50 Years of Inclusion at Texas A&M University." As the state’s first public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M opened in 1876 as an all-male military school.
In fulfillment of its land-grant mission – that education should be for all – the university began admitting African-Americans and women in 1963, prior to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Exploring an institution's history of inclusivity is a fundamental component of campus climate assessment.
Ronnie McDonald '93
In 1991, McDonald became the first African-American elected junior yell leader in the history of A&M. In 1992, he was elected senior yell leader. He currently serves as Executive Director of Community Relations and Strategic Partnerships for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.