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History of Inclusion at Texas A&M

In 1963, then president Gen. James Earl Rudder opened our doors to African-Americans and women – a landmark decision that put our university on a clear path toward preeminence as a major teaching, research and service institution.

The university has benefited greatly from the contributions and accomplishments of its diverse and inclusive community, helping us to achieve a culture of excellence. With enhanced efforts at inclusion for all, we will successfully meet the needs of our global society and the challenges of the future.

 

RONNIE McDONALD '93
1st African-American Yell Leader

 

Ronnie McDonald

DR. VALERIE E. TAYLOR
1st African-American Head of Computer Science Department

 

Dr. Valerie E. Taylor

SUNNY NASH '77
1st African-American woman to earn journalism degree from Texas A&M

 

Sunny Nash

PAUL K. STAFFORD '90
Co-founder, Black Former Student Network

 

Paul K. Stafford

BROOKE LESLIE ROLLINS '94
1st woman Student Body President

 

Brooke Leslie Rollins

DR. M. KATHERINE BANKS
1st woman Dean of Dwight Look College of Engineering

 

Dr. M. Katherine Banks

DR. SARA ALPERN
Taught 1st Women’s History course in 1978

 

Dr. Sarah Alpern

DR. CYNTHIA L. HERNANDEZ '94
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

 

Dr. Cynthia L. Hernandez

JUDGE WILLIE E.B. BLACKMON '73
Received one of 1st Texas A&M athletic scholarships

 

Judge Willie E.B. Blackmon

FRED McCLURE '76
1st African-American Student Body President

 

Fred McClure

DR. SALLIE V. SHEPPARD '65
Among 1st women formally admitted to Texas A&M

 

Dr. Sallie V. Sheppard

LASHANTA GREEN '09
Project manager for "50 Years of Inclusion" creative team

 

LaShanta Green