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Enhancing Diversity Seminars

The 2020 Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series is designed to engage the campus community in dialogue around topics and issues related to diversity, campus climate, equity, and inclusion. In a virtual format, 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. 



October 15, 2020: Zoom Meeting | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 
Title: Mentoring Up: A University-Community Based Mentoring Program for Future First-Generation High School Students and Post-Secondary Preparation
 
Presenters: Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson, Dr. Beverly Irby, and Billy Pugliese
College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University
 
Audience Knowledge Ranking: 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.  

Registration: Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all welcomed and encouraged to participate in this session. Please use the URL below to register. Zoom links will be sent out in reminder emails prior to the event.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Office for Diversity at 979-458-2905, or by email at diversity@tamu.edu.

November 10, 2020: Zoom Meeting | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Title: The Use of Border Theory to Explain Colorism: An Anthropological View

Presenter: Dr. Sergio Lemus
College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
 
Audience Knowledge Ranking: 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.
 

Registration: Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all welcomed and encouraged to participate in this session. Please use the URL below to register. Zoom links will be sent out in reminder emails prior to the event.