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About the Office


The Office for Diversity's Mission

The mission of the Office for Diversity is to implement and coordinate Texas A&M University’s Diversity Plan by providing leadership and support to the academic and administrative units as they embed diversity and inclusion in academic and institutional excellence. The Office for Diversity works to advance accountability, campus climate, and equity across the university while resisting racism, bias, and discrimination.  

Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program 

Texas A&M University’s Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program is a faculty pipeline initiative that connects those advancing outstanding scholarship with relevant disciplinary units on campus.

In recognition of Texas A&M University's Diversity Plan, the ACES Fellows Program promotes the research, teaching, and scholarship of early career scholars who embrace the belief that diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence. From this experience at Texas A&M, fellows should develop an understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion and the power that it holds for students, faculty, and staff to enrich their lives.
 
As a Tier 1 research and land-grant institution, Texas A&M upholds its responsibility to accountability, campus climate, equity, and scholarship by maintaining a campus that affirms equity and fosters inclusion and belonging. ACES Fellows are afforded access to invaluable academic and professional development experiences to advance their careers as scholars. 

For 2020, the ACES Fellows Program is administered by the Office for Diversity at Texas A&M in partnership with four colleges: The Bush School of Government and Public ServiceCollege of Education and Human DevelopmentCollege of Geosciences; and College of Liberal Arts.

Eligibility and application information for the 2020-2021 ACES Fellows Program


ADVANCE Scholars Program

The ADVANCE Scholars Program is a faculty mentoring program designed to promote and advance the success of tenure-track faculty who have been historically underrepresented at Texas A&M University and in higher education. This Program is anchored in our Aggie Core Values that continuously challenge us to embrace, value, and integrate diversity and inclusion as the roadmap to achieving academic and institutional excellence. As such, the ADVANCE Scholars Program is a key component of our efforts at Texas A&M University to support the recruitment, retention, and academic success of our faculty. Through systemic approaches to increasing their professional advancement, this Program contributes to the development of an exceptional and more diverse faculty.
 
Participants are afforded access to invaluable academic and professional development experiences to advance their careers as scholars. The Program focuses on cultivating opportunities for personal and professional growth by addressing issues that adversely affect satisfaction, effectiveness, and retention of historically underrepresented groups in higher education. Texas A&M University recognizes that creating a more equitable climate contributes to a positive environment for the students we serve, and the university as a whole.

ABOUT THE 2019-2021 ADVANCE SCHOLARS PROGRAM


Diversity Matters Seed Grant Program

The Diversity Matters Seed Grant program supports research projects designed to make a positive impact on Texas A&M University’s Diversity Plan goals of accountability, campus climate, and equity. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss proposal topics with their relevant Diversity Operations Committee representative(s) prior to submission.

Eligibility and application information for the 2020-2022 Diversity Matters Seed Grant Program

 

Seed Grant Recipients

2018-2020 Funded Seed Grant Proposals
2017-2018 Funded Seed Grant Proposals​
2016-2017 Funded Seed Grant Proposals
2015-2016 Funded Seed Grant Proposals
 

The Diversity Matters Seed Grant program supports research projects designed to make a positive impact on Texas A&M University’s Diversity Plan goals of accountability, climate, and equity. 

Enhancing Diversity Seminars

The schedule for the Fall 2020 seminars is posted! Enhancing Diversity Seminars are designed to engage the campus community in dialogue around topics and issues related to diversity, campus climate, equity, and inclusion. The Office for Diversity has invited Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff to present their research to the campus community. A list of past Enhancing Diversity Seminars is available here.
 
Because of the diversity in experience, motivation, and knowledge in the campus community, the Office for Diversity offers sessions for participants with a variety of skill levels and knowledge about diversity. To help participants find presentations that match their interests and facilitate their personal and professional development, presenters have indicated experience and knowledge level(s) for their sessions: 
 
  1. Novice - Limited or no experience, training, and/or personal reflection discussing racism, privilege, and other social justice issues and identifying personal biases, prejudices, and identity.  
  2. Intermediate - Some to moderate experience, training, and/or personal reflection identifying and recognizing personal bias and prejudices, how power and authority are distributed within organizational systems, and forms of privilege, oppression, and discrimination. 
  3. Advanced - Substantial experience, training, and/or personal reflection resulting in a willingness to engage in respectful discussions and discourse about power, privilege, oppression, and discrimination; the ability to function effectively in a multicultural society; the ability to understand conflict from multiple viewpoints; and the willingness to explore personal bias and prejudices.
 
Presentations are structured to encourage participants to engage in self-reflection and to interact with peers and the presenter(s). Please check with your supervisor to determine whether any presentations count towards your specific training and professional development requirements. 

 

Organization Chart

organizational chart
Organizational Chart PDF (PDF Reader) - Current as of 7/27/2020

Contact Us

Office for Diversity
Texas A&M University 
Jack K. Williams Administration Building, Suite 001
1360 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-1360
Phone: (979) 458-2905
 

Staff Directory

Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman

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

rrmc@tamu.edu
Bio: Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman is Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity, and a Professor in the Department of Communication, at Texas A&M University. Dr. Coleman is charged with implementing the University Diversity Plan...
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Dr. Jennifer McGee Reyes

Dr. Jennifer McGee Reyes -- Assistant Vice President for Diversity

jlreyes@tamu.edu
Bio: Dr. Jennifer McGee Reyes' key responsibility is working with campus leaders to develop, implement, and assess diversity and inclusion strategies on campus. Furthermore, she provides leadership for the collaboration and integration of...
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Deyanira Ely

Deyanira Ely -- Executive Assistant III

dely@tamu.edu
Bio: Deyanira Ely joined the Office for Diversity in 2016. She brings to the Office for Diversity over 16 years of experience at Texas A&M University that began in the College of Education and Human Development in 2004. She has worked...
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Crystal Spruill Carter

Crystal Spruill Carter -- Communications Specialist

c.carter@tamu.edu
Bio: Crystal Spruill Carter is the Communications Specialist in Texas A&M University’s Office for Diversity. Crystal’s responsibilities include leadership and creativity in writing, designing, managing, and executing the...
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Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata

Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata -- ADVANCE Administrative Fellow

gzapata@tamu.edu
Bio: Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata is an ADVANCE Administrative Fellow in the Office for Diversity and Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Her main responsibilities in the Office for...
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Darby Salge

Darby Salge -- Graduate Assistant – Research

darbysalge@exchange.tamu.edu
Bio: Darby Salge is a school psychology doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development. She is from Houston, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a minor in Neuroscience...
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Anthony Ramirez

Anthony Ramirez -- Graduate Assistant

arramirez@tamu.edu
Bio: Anthony R. Ramirez is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University with an academic focus on Latinx identity and representation within popular culture. Other research interests include media representation of immigration and issues...
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Reedem Francis

Reedem Francis -- Student Assistant

redeem.francis@exchange.tamu.edu
Bio: Redeem Francis is a first-year student at The Bush School of Government and Public Service. She is pursing a Master of Public Service and Administration with a Non-Profit Management concentration. Originally from Crowley, Texas...
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Lawren Walker

Lawren Walker -- Student Assistant

lwalker113@exchange.tamu.edu
Bio: Lawren Walker is an English major from Houston, Texas. She currently serves as the Chair of Education for N.A.A.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and serves as the Secretary for the Voices of Praise Gospel...
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Yusra Aziz

Yusra Aziz -- Former Student Assistant


Bio: Yusra Aziz completed her bachelor's degree in Genetics with a minor in Neuroscience. She is passionate about outreach in the community, educating others about social justice, and mental health initiatives. In her time at A&M she...
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Morgan Gimblet

Morgan Gimblet -- Former Student Assistant


Bio: Morgan Gimblet completed her bachelor's degree in race, ethnicity, and gender studies with a double minor in art history and women’s studies spring 2020 and is a former student learning community member. She is from San Antonio...
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