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About the Office for Diversity

A Message From Dr. Christine A. Stanley, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity Emeritus from 2009 - 2017


Texas A&M University is at a pivotal point moment in time. In particular, land-grant colleges and universities have a critical and ethical responsibility to ensure that they continue to fulfill the needs of the state and society.

I fully embrace the concept that diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence, as expressed in our university's Commitment to Diversity. We cannot begin to achieve excellence if we do not value diversity in all its human dimensions-age, gender, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, physical and mental ability, socioeconomic status, religion, and the like.

We currently live in a society and world that is increasingly diverse and global. The college student population and environment are microcosms of our society. Research shows that diversity does influence student learning in, as well as, beyond the classroom.

Therefore, it is imperative to provide students, faculty, and staff with the skills necessary to learn, teach, and work effectively in any environment. No institution can achieve excellence without diversity.