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Dr. Blanca Lupiani --

Dr. Blanca Lupiani -- Interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity; Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology

Bio: Dr. Blanca Lupiani received her Ph.D. in 1994, as a Fulbright Scholar, from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Lupiani joined Texas A&M University in 2002 and is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lupiani’s research focuses on investigating molecular mechanisms of virus pathogenesis and better understanding the ecology and evolution of avian influenza viruses. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Avian Diseases. Dr. Lupiani has received numerous awards and profession development recognitions including ADVANCE Administrative Fellow, SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow, and Members of the Governor Executive Development Program Class XXXVI.

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 of Cognition and Cognitive

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.

Annie La --

Annie La -- Program Aide

Bio: Annie graduated from Texas A&M University in Fall 2017 with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Business and Economics. She is from Houston, Texas, and is a first generation college student. Annie has worked with the Office for Diversity since 2016 as a student worker. She plans to apply for a Professional Master’s Program as a Physician Assistant and incorporate her International Studies background to assist families abroad with health care. Her goal is to educate families in the local community and global south about public health awareness for a well-balanced life.  

Reyna Chavarri --

Reyna Chavarri -- Student Employee

Bio: Reyna is an Allied Health major with a minor in psychology. She is from Brownsville, Texas and is a first generation college student. She is involved with the Regents scholarship program as part of the orientation planning board for the class of 2020. She is also part of the American medical student association where she volunteers frequently and develops a knowledge on what the medical field is like. After she finishes her undergraduate studies at A&M she plans to continue on to attain a Master’s of Physician Assistant.