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Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman --

Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman -- Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity; Professor, Department of Communication

Bio: Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman is Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and a Professor in the Department of Communication. A nationally prominent and award-winning professor of communication and African American studies, Coleman’s scholarship focuses on media studies, the cultural politics of Blackness, and the impacts of inter- and intra-cultural communications. She is the recipient of the John Dewey Award for undergraduate education, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Outstanding Mentor Award, and the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the University of Michigan, as well as recognition from New York University School of Education for teaching excellence. She also holds the Minority Access National Role Model Award. She is the author of a number of academic and popular publications. Her research and commentary has been featured in a variety of international and national media outlets. Her current research focuses on the NAACP’s participation in media activism. CV (pdf)

Dr. Jennifer Reyes --

Dr. Jennifer Reyes -- Director for Assessment and Diversity Initiatives

Bio: Dr. Jennifer Reyes has worked in the Office for Diversity since July, 2013, providing expertise in measurement, assessment, and data analysis. Her primary job responsibilities are reviewing and documenting campus diversity initiatives and assessing institutional progress on the University Diversity Plan. From 2002-2013, Jennifer worked for Texas A&M University in the area of student affairs assessment. Research interests include campus climate assessment and the impact of campus diversity on student development.

Dr. Jyotsna Vaid --

Dr. Jyotsna Vaid -- Director for Organizational Development, Research, and Equity; Professor

Bio: Dr. Jyotsna Vaid works with campus stakeholder units and interested faculty to develop diversity best practices pertaining to equity, recruitment, and retention. She is a Professor of Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Vaid is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, a former Fulbright scholar, and Editor of the journal, Writing Systems Research. She directs the Language and Cognition Laboratory. She has published widely in the areas of bilingualism and cognition, language play, and directional biases in thought. Her recent research explores the treatment of gender and race in mainstream psychological inquiry and the professional visibility of women in academia. CV (pdf)

Deyanira Ely --

Deyanira Ely -- Senior Administrative Coordinator

Bio: Deyanira began working at Texas A&M University in 2004, in the College of Education and Human Development. She has over 16 years of administrative experience and has worked with donors, former students, faculty, staff, and university leaders to fulfill the university’s mission and uphold Texas A&M’s Core Values. She volunteers with Texas A&M Dining during the holiday season and participates with Bryan High School’s Parent Teacher Organization. She is also active with the BCS Marathon Race Series, TAMU Women’s Club, and Brazos County Aggie Moms.

Oluwabukola Makinde --

Oluwabukola Makinde -- Graduate Assistant

Bio: Oluwabukola, Bukky, is a graduate student at the Bush School of Government with a major in Public Service and Administration. She is from Nigeria and is passionate about leadership, good governance, and achieving sustainable development in developing countries in Africa and parts of Asia. She volunteers frequently with the Public Service Organization at the Bush School and has been featured in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee student spotlight in 2017.

Krystal Parks

Krystal Parks -- Student Assistant

Bio: Krystal Parks is a senior Philosophy major with a minor in Africana Studies. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas and has a great passion for social justice. She is the president and founder of a student organization called T.E.A.A.C.H (Teaching Everyone African-American Culture and Heritage) which strives to educate the Aggie community on diverse groups of people. Krystal loves billiards, plans to get a Masters, and a Ph.D in Africana Studies, and is considering attending law school. She is a Regents Scholarship Recipient and the recipient of the Black Excellence Award (2016). Krystal's research interests, which she is pursuing through the Department of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs, explore why first generation college students seek out peer academic coaching programs. 

Winston Savoy

Winston Savoy -- Student Assistant

Bio: Winston Savoy is from Atlanta, Georgia. He is a senior Posse Foundation Scholar majoring in Leadership Studies, with minors in communication and sociology. While at Texas A&M, he has worked with the Department of Residence Life, and Academic Support Initiatives. Winston has also been engaged in two freshmen leadership organizations: Freshmen in Liberal Arts Reaching Excellence (FLARE) and the Memorial Student Center’s Freshman Leadership International (MSC FLI). Additionally, Winston recently completed a policy internship with the Commission on International Initiatives and Council for Governmental Affairs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) in Washington DC. Winston is passionate about first generation college students, college attainability and success, diversity, civic engagement, food security, and international development. After graduation, he intends to pursue a career that is centered on higher education, student affairs, and public policy. Winston is currently an active alumni for SkillsUSA, serves as a National Undergraduate Fellow with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) for the Texas A&M's Division of Student Affairs, and works with the Texas A&M Policy Internship Programs.